It seems they are going to try something new at the Qatar race in 2008 (Mar. 7,8,9) they are going to race at night. Spotlights on the riders, etc. The feelings are mixed so far. What do you think?
I'm not too sure about this one... at night? Well, maybe on the one hand I can understand that when the desert heat is 40+ degrees, it lowers the turnout of spectators. Maybe (locally) more of the public socializing is done at night, (when temps are cooler?) and it makes more sense to hold the event at night to help grow the sport in that local market. I recall seeing the spectator stands at Qatar races (in the background of the race broadcasts) and there really is no spectator crowd at all. Just seemed to be a scattered few groups of people in an ocean of empty seats.
Personally, I don't think it is a good idea. Visibility won't be as good, bordering on unsafe. The big-ticket sponsors will complain that their logos cannot be seen by the spectators as easily, unless there is a spotlight on the bike... And what about the spotlights? Could you concentrate as well with a bajillion-candlepower spotlight following you around, and possibly the irritating flicker of camera flashes? (neither of which would be a problem during the day.)
I dunno. It also kinda has a cheap 'nightclub-hip, faux-cool' feel about it. Relegating it to a sideshow act instead of the prestige of a rich history of racing legends competing at the world championship level.
From what I understand the deal is done, and it WILL happen.
I guess we'll see what happens, but so far - I don't like it.