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Qatar the 27th country to host MotoGP

Qatar the 27th country to host MotoGP

Qatar the 27th country to host MotoGP

When the MotoGP action finally gets underway at the Losail International Circuit on Thursday morning, Qatar will join a long and illustrious list of countries to have hosted a round of the World Championship since it began back in 1949. There have been many different circuits and countries that have hosted Grand Prix racing and the following are some interesting facts and figures about them:

> Qatar will be the 27th country to host a motorcycle Grand Prix event (country at which circuit is situated) alongside Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Northern Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Venezuela and Yugoslavia.

> The country which has hosted most Grand Prix events is Spain, with 72, which include the Grand Prix of Spain, Catalunya, Madrid, Europe, FIM, Valencia and Portugal.

> The only countries that have held a GP event every year since 1949 are Britain (on the Isle of Man until 1976), Italy (as the Nations GP up until 1990) and Holland.

> The only circuit which has been used every year since 1949 has been Assen in Holland, the next most used circuit is Spa in Belgium which was visited 40 times between and 1949 and 1990.

> Spa is also the fastest circuit used for GP racing with a fastest ever lap average speed of 220.7 km/h (137 mph) by Barry Sheene in 1977 riding a Suzuki. The slowest circuit used was Montjuich Park in Spain where the 500cc race in 1951 was won by Umberto Masetti on a Gilera at an average speed of 94 km/h (58.4 mph).

> The longest circuit used is the Isle of Man TT circuit at 37.73 miles long (60.72 km). The longest race ever held was also on the IOM in 1957 when the Golden Jubilee TT races was run over 8 laps at a total distance of 301.84 miles (485.8 km), won by Bob McIntyre riding a Gilera in a time of 3hrs 2 min 57 sec.


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