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Lusail International Circuit

首都ドーハ郊外の砂漠に位置するロサイル・インターナショナル・サーキットは、2003年6月に中東初の開催に関して、カタール連盟とドルナスポーツとの間で合意した後、10月から建設を始め、12月には2人の世界王者、ミック・ドゥーハンとバレンティーノ・ロッシを招待して着工式を開催。2004年10月の初開催に向けて、5,800万米ドルが投じられ、約1,000人にも及ぶ労働者たちが昼夜を問わずに献身的な建設作業にあたり、僅か1年で完成。

当時のセーフティ委員会に所属していたロッシ、青木宣篤、ケニー・ロバーツ・ジュニア、セテ・ジベルナウから及第点が与えられたレイアウトは、ロングストレートと中高速コーナーの組み合わせ。トラック周囲には、砂埃の侵入を防ぐために人工芝が敷き詰められた。

開催4年目の2007年に初めて開幕戦の舞台に指定されると、2008年には全長距離5.4kmのトラックに沿って、最短3メートル、最長36メートルの間隔で1,000本の照明灯を設置。FIFA国際サッカー連盟が規定するサッカー場70面分、バスケットボールの1300コート分に等しい敷地を540万ワットで照らし、チャンピオンシップ史上初のナイトレースを開催。

2009年は、雨により最高峰クラスの決勝レースが翌日に順延され、チャンピオンシップ史上初めて月曜に決勝レースが開催された。

2015年6月、サーキットの所有者であるカタール連盟とドルナスポーツとの間で、2017年から10年間の開催に関して合意し、2026年までの開催が決定。

2020年は、新型コロナウイルスの影響を受けて、『MotoGP™クラス』の開催がキャンセルされたが、当地で開催1週間前にオフィシャルテストを実施した『Moto2™クラス』と『Moto3™クラス』のレースが行われた。

2021年は、LED(発光ダイオード)に交換された照明の下で開催され、ドゥカティ機を駆けたヨハン・ザルコが史上最速のトップスピードとなる時速362.4キロメートルを記録。翌週には初の2週連続開催となる第2戦ドーハGPが開催された。

開催19年目、16年連続の開幕戦に指名された2022年は、3月6日に決勝レースが予定され、グランプリ終了後には、トラックレイアウト、パドック、コントロールタワー、ピットボックスなどの大幅な改修工事が計画されている。

Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar Track

MotoGP™ ______ | Off The Racing Line

Category Laps Total Distance Finish in case of red flag
MotoGP™ 21 112.98 Km / 70.2 Miles 16
Moto2™ 18 96.84 Km / 60.17 Miles 14
Moto3™ 16 86.08 Km / 53.49 Miles 12

サーキットスペック

  • 全長距離

    5.38Km / 3.34 Miles

  • コース幅員

    12m / 39.37ft

  • 最大直線長

    1,068m / 3503.94ft

  • 右コーナー

    10

  • 左コーナー

    6

The Grand Prix of Qatar is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular events on the MotoGP™ calendar. The action here takes place at night under the floodlights of the brilliant Lusail International Circuit

Why we love Qatar and Doha

Located in Western Asia, Qatar sits in the Persian Gulf - a small peninsula, with its sole land border of Saudi Arabia to the south. Across the Persian Gulf from the Arabian Peninsula, is the nearby island country, Bahrain. In this most exotic and intriguing part of the world, Qatar also shares maritime borders with the United Arab Emirates and Iran. For anyone who has not visited the Arabian Peninsula, the ancient desert landscape, with its rapidly developing cities and infrastructure, is a wonder to behold. Doha, Qatar’s breathtaking capital city is situated in the east of the country on the Persian Gulf coast. Qatar has a population of around 1.5 million, with roughly half the inhabitants residing in the capital, or its surrounding suburbs. Doha was recognized in 2014 as one of the ‘New7Wonders Cities’ together with Vigan, La Paz, Durban, Havana, Beirut, and Kuala Lumpur. Its impressively expanding skyline, dominated by glittering skyscrapers, contrasting with the traditional Arabic Old Souq in the downtown area, has promoted the city as a top representation of global urban civilization. Previously under Bahraini and Saudi rule (1783–1868), Ottoman rule (1871–1915) and more recently British rule (1916–1971), Qatar became an independent, sovereign State in the early 1970s and has since undergone an immense transformation. Backed by the world’s third-largest natural gas and oil reserves, with the highest per capita income in the world, the population has grown from around 111,000 in 1970 to around 750,000 in 2004, on to an incredible 2,545,000 in 2016, as the country invests heavily in infrastructure and the future of its economy. Without doubt Qatar is a country on the up. Witnessing the speed of its transformation first hand is an exhilarating experience.

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Doha, Qatar

Located in the Qatari desert, the Lusail circuit held its first event at the venue with the October 2004 Grand Prix of Qatar, won by Sete Gibernau. In 2008 Qatar celebrated the first floodlit Grand Prix in the history of the MotoGP™ World Championship and since 2007 Qatar has also hosted the season-opening race on the GP calendar.

Finding the right accommodation

When in Qatar many visitors head straight to the capital city of Doha, where there is an abundance of hotels on offer. Many of Doha’s big hotels are self-contained resorts in their own right, with luxurious facilities including their own private beach fronts, spacious and well-equipped rooms, a choice of at least three or four restaurants, swimming pools and state-of-the-art gyms and health clubs. These larger hotels are complemented by a selection of downtown options including exclusive boutique hotels and serviced apartments. Four-star hotels are available for a lower budget than the aforementioned five-star luxury accommodation, whilst there are cheaper options still with 3-star $55 / €50 per night hotels to be found in the city center too.

Exploring Doha and Qatar

With Doha as your main base, there is plenty to do and see in the city and beyond. The Doha Corniche is a good place to start, as you stroll along the waterfront promenade extending for several kilometers along Doha Bay. On the Corniche you can visit the Msheireb Enrichment Centre for an insight into Qatar’s culture and heritage. On the other side of the bay you will also find the Museum of Islamic Art, which was opened in 2008 and is recognised as one of the standout museums in the region, reflecting the scale of Islamic art over three continents spanning 1400 years of history. A large park is located adjacent to the museum building and is a pleasant place to walk and relax in the sunshine. Qatar has become one of the biggest art buying countries in the world and the Arab Museum of Modern Art, also in Doha, reflects this trend, offering an Arab perspective on modern and contemporary art. You can also tour the city by double-decker bus, taking in all the major sights of Doha, such as the Katara Cultural Village and the Pearl-Qatar Marina. Another option is the boat cruise of Doha Bay which provides lovely views of the Corniche and the city’s amazing skyline.

Tips for visiting Doha and Qatar

1- In nomadic Arabic societies, desert travelers were always welcomed with food and drink. Communal dining is a tradition in Qatar, whilst the food enjoyed at big celebrations can also be sampled in local and international restaurants in and around Doha. 2- Qatari cuisine has Indian, Iranian and North African influences, with signature dishes including locally caught fish, spicy seafood and meat stews, roast lamb, boiled goat with seasoned rice and locally grown dates. Arabic coffee will also be offered. 3- When it comes to dress code, Qatar is fairly relaxed, but visitors are asked to demonstrate respect for the local culture and customs in public places, so avoid wearing overly revealing clothing. Context is key, so beachwear and casual wear is acceptable if you are lounging by the hotel pool. 4-Cash machines (ATMs) are to be found throughout Doha and the restaurants and shops usually take credit cards. Keep in mind that the working week for Qataris is from Sunday to Thursday, with most offices closed on Friday and Saturday. 5- Also, it is not permitted to bring alcohol into the country and alcohol is only usually available at international hotel bars and restaurants.

 

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