GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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Losail Circuit:

Track image of Losail Circuit

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

Modified:

Race Length: MotoGP Moto2 Moto3
Laps 2/3 of laps Total Distance
22 - 118.4 km - 73.5 miles

Introduction:

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.


Records Season Rider Motorcycle Time Speed
MotoGP
Fastest Lap2008Jorge LORENZO (SPA)Yamaha1'53.927170.0 km/h
Circuit Record2008Casey STONER (AUS)Ducati1'55.153168.1 km/h
Best Pole2008Jorge LORENZO (SPA)Yamaha1'53.927170.0 km/h
Top Speed2014Andrea DOVIZIOSO (ITA)Ducati348.3 km/h
Moto2
Fastest Lap2014Esteve RABAT (SPA)Kalex2'00.081161.2 km/h
Circuit Record2014Maverick VIÑALES (SPA)Kalex2'00.168161.1 km/h
Best Pole2014Esteve RABAT (SPA)Kalex2'00.081161.2 km/h
Top Speed2012Randy KRUMMENACHER (SWI)Kalex285.0 km/h
Moto3
Fastest Lap2014Alexis MASBOU (FRA)Honda2'05.862153.8 km/h
Circuit Record2014Alexis MASBOU (FRA)Honda2'05.862153.8 km/h
Best Pole2014Alex RINS (SPA)Honda2'05.973153.7 km/h
Top Speed2014Alex MARQUEZ (SPA)Honda237.9 km/h

Time Schedule

GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

7 March 2008

125ccFP1

MotoGPFP1

250ccFP1

125ccQP1

MotoGPFP2

8 March 2008

250ccQP1

125ccFP2

MotoGPFP3

250ccFP2

125ccQP2

MotoGPQP

250ccQP2

9 March 2008

125ccWUP

250ccWUP

MotoGPWUP

125ccRAC

250ccRAC

MotoGPRAC

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2008 - Event Results

Podium

1ndSTONER C.AUS42'36.587
2dLORENZO J.SPA+5.323
3dPEDROSA D.SPA+10.600

Records:

Pole Lap:  LORENZO J.1'53.927170.0 Km/h
Fastest Lap: Lap: 14STONER C.1'55.153168.2 Km/h

Podium

1ndPASINI M.ITA40'16.202
2dBARBERA H.SPA+0.557
3dKALLIO M.FIN+1.029

Records:

Pole Lap:  DEBON A.1'59.470162.1 Km/h
Fastest Lap: Lap: 20DEBON A.1'59.379162.2 Km/h

Podium

1ndGADEA S.SPA38'09.444
2dOLIVE J.SPA+0.932
3dBRADL S.GER+1.660

Records:

Pole Lap:  SMITH B.2'05.242154.6 Km/h
Fastest Lap: Lap: 7REDDING S.2'05.695154.1 Km/h