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A look at the Losail International Circuit

A look at the Losail International Circuit

A look at the Losail International Circuit

Based on the outskirts of the capital city of Doha, the Losail International Circuit hosted the MotoGP World Championship for the first time in 2004 after an incredible round-the-clock project that took a little over a year to complete, with an investment of around $58 million USD and 1,000 full-time workers.

With the only current data available coming from that inaugural Grand Prix last October, there are still plenty of questions for the MotoGP teams' engineers, mechanics and technicians to answer when practice gets underway this weekend.

The 5.4km track features sixteen corners, ten to the right and six to the left, with a series of fast sweeping sections based on existing Grand Prix circuits around the world, which proved immensely popular with the riders last season. One factor that didn't bode well with either the riders or the teams, however, was the excessive amount of surface dirt and sand, which blows onto the track from the neighbouring desert.

With a long straight measuring 1,068m and a good mix of corners, as well as extremely high track temperatures in excess of 50ºC, the base setting of the bike will be similar to that used at Sepang, with the focus on finding a good balance between the brakes and suspension in order to give stability under hard braking but sufficient feel to find the required level grip.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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