Track facts: MotoGP round 1 Doha Losail, Qatar | Events
Losail International Circuit lies on the outskirts of Doha, the capital city of Qatar.
Built in little over a year, the track cost $58 million USD and required round-the-clock dedication from almost 1,000 workers in order to get it ready for the inaugural event – the Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar on the 2nd October 2004.
The track itself is a flowing layout of 5.4 kilometres, surrounded by artificial grass designed to prevent sand from the neighbouring desert from blowing onto the circuit. The main straight is over a kilometre in length and there is a good mix of medium and high-speed corners, including a couple of quick left-handers which has proved particularly popular with the riders.
In 2008 Qatar celebrated the first night-time Grand Prix in history, following the construction of permanent outdoor lighting. The switch to night-time racing was a success and has continued to be so, with the Qatar event now established as one of the most spectacular on the MotoGP calendar.
Round 1 of MotoGP kicks off Sunday 29, March 2015
Qatar circuit info
Length: 5.380 m / 3.343 miles
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 1.068 m / 0.664 miles
Laps: MotoGP – 22 – Distance: 118.4km
Laps: Moto2 – 20 – Distance: 107.6km
Laps:Moto3 – 18 – Distance: 96.8km
Losail International Circuit
|Fastest Lap||2008||Jorge LORENZO (SPA)||Yamaha||1’53.927||170.0 km/h|
|Circuit Record||2008||Casey STONER (AUS)||Ducati||1’55.153||168.1 km/h|
|Best Pole||2008||Jorge LORENZO (SPA)||Yamaha||1’53.927||170.0 km/h|
|Top Speed||2014||Andrea DOVIZIOSO (ITA)||Ducati||348.3 km/h|
|Fastest Lap||2014||Esteve RABAT (SPA)||Kalex||2’00.081||161.2 km/h|
|Circuit Record||2014||Maverick VIÑALES (SPA)||Kalex||2’00.168||161.1 km/h|
|Best Pole||2014||Esteve RABAT (SPA)||Kalex||2’00.081||161.2 km/h|
|Top Speed||2012||Randy KRUMMENACHER (SWI)||Kalex||285.0 km/h|
|Fastest Lap||2014||Alexis MASBOU (FRA)||Honda||2’05.862||153.8 km/h|
|Circuit Record||2014||Alexis MASBOU (FRA)||Honda||2’05.862||153.8 km/h|
|Best Pole||2014||Alex RINS (SPA)||Honda||2’05.973||153.7 km/h|
|Top Speed||2014||Alex MARQUEZ (SPA)||Honda||237.9 km/h|