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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

Width: 12m

Left corners: 6

Right corners: 10

Longest straight: 1.068 m / 0.664 miles

Constructed: 2004

Laps: MotoGP – 22 – Distance: 118.4km

Laps: Moto2 – 20 – Distance: 107.6km
Laps:Moto3 – 18 – Distance: 96.8km

Losail International Circuit



Records Season Rider Motorcycle Time Speed
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