The Losail race track in Qatar represents the debut race of each MotoGP season. In 2008, the track held the first night event in MotoGP history. Races are generally held during the day for safety-related reasons. The 2008 night event, aside from drawing boosted viewing, was initiated with the intent of increasing equipment performance: the day-time heat in Qatar has been hazardous to the conditions of tires and expensive, customized parts on the multi-million-dollar motorcycles. Rider safety notwithstanding, the extreme heat could be a critical variable contributing to defeat.