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Losail International Circuit - QATAR

Grand Prix of Doha

Circuit information

Length: 5.380 m / 3.343 miles

Width: 12m

Left Curves: 6

Right Curves: 10

The longest straight: 1.068 m / 0.664 miles

Built: 2004

The fabulous 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.

Balda’s thought

I like Qatar circuit, most of all for the charme of racing in the dark. The track is quite flowing, there are not many slow points a part from hairpin turn 6. T4 is the most flowing part of the track because there are few turn in succession, which I particularly like!