If you enjoyed reading this article, please click here to view it on Kropotkin's site, MotoGP Matters. ----------------- Countries like Qatar and Indonesia are spending vast amounts on MotoGP. So where does that leave the rest of us? Motorcycle Grand Prix racing celebrates its 70th birthday this year, so perhaps in some way it's fitting that a championship that began on a dank, grassy rock in the middle of the Irish Sea should commence this historic season in the middle of a burning desert. The Qatar GP is a surreal event, mostly because it takes place at night-time around a ribbon of asphalt on the edge of the Arabian desert that's lit by vast floodlights which give the racing the hyper-reality of a videogame.