GRAND PRIX OF QATAR
Length: 5.380 m / 3.343 miles
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 10
Longest straight: 1.068 m / 0.664 miles
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.
|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|
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2008 - Event Results
|Pole Lap:||LORENZO J.||1'53.927||170.0 Km/h|
|Fastest Lap:||Lap: 14||STONER C.||1'55.153||168.2 Km/h|
|Pole Lap:||DEBON A.||1'59.470||162.1 Km/h|
|Fastest Lap:||Lap: 20||DEBON A.||1'59.379||162.2 Km/h|