A Qatari security expert says the governments of Qatar and Japan cooperated closely to secure the release of Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda from rebel forces in Syria.
Qatar and Turkey have influence on anti-government forces in Syria. The 2 nations reportedly played an important role in realizing the release of Yasuda, who had been held captive for more than 3 years.
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team got off to their best start of the year in Qatar on day one of the final round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship. In the sweltering heat and humidity under the floodlights at the Losail International Circuit, Alex Lowes continued the excellent form he has shown at the last two rounds, finishing the day in a sensational second position on the combined timesheets, just 0.259s off the top. Michael van der Mark also had a great start to the final race weekend of the season, ending Thursday in fifth overall to cap a superb opening day for the team with both riders, once again, making it directly through to SP2.
GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team's Lucas Mahias heads to the final round of the season in Qatar this weekend leading the 2017 FIM Supersport World Championship by 20 points. The 28-year-old French rider knows the task at hand and will be guaranteed the title under the floodlights in Qatar if he finishes Saturday's race in tenth or higher. His teammate Federico Caricasulo is aiming to continue the stunning form that saw enjoy a 'perfect' weekend at the last round in Jerez so that he can finish the season in the strongest way possible.