Losail International Circuit

Losail International Circuit (Arabic: حلبة لوسيل الدولية) is a motor racing circuit located just outside in the town of Lusail, north of Doha, Qatar.

Losail International Circuit
Losail.svg
LocationLusail, Qatar
Time zoneUTC+03:00
Capacity8,000
FIA Grade1
Opened2004
Major eventsQatar motorcycle Grand Prix
SBK
8 Hours of Doha
FIA WTCC Race of Qatar
Length5.380 km (3.375 mi)
Turns16
Race lap record1:38.699 (Davide Rigon, Trident Racing, GP2 Asia Series, 2009[1])
Websitewww.circuitlosail.com
2016 FIA WTCC Race of Qatar
View from the Grandstand

Built in just under a year by 1,000 workers at the cost of US$58 million, the track opened in 2004 to the inaugural Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar, won by Sete Gibernau.[2]

The track is 5.380 km in length, with a main straight of just over a kilometre at 1,068 metres. It is surrounded by artificial grass to stop the sand encroaching on the track.

In 2007, Losail added permanent outdoor lighting for night races. At the time, the lighting of the Losail Circuit by Musco Lighting was the largest permanent venue sports lighting project in the world, a distinction that now belongs to another Gulf motorsport venue, Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The first night race in MotoGP history was the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar in March 2008.

In February 2009, a GP2 Asia Series nighttime race took place. The qualifying lap record was achieved by Nico Hülkenberg in 1:35.741.[1]

The Superbike World Championship has visited Losail from 2005-2009 and 2014-present.

Racing historyEdit

 
Since 2008, MotoGP has run under lights at Losail.

MotoGPEdit

Year MotoGP 250cc/Moto2 125cc/Moto3
2004   Sete Gibernau   Sebastián Porto   Jorge Lorenzo
2005   Valentino Rossi   Casey Stoner   Gábor Talmácsi
2006   Valentino Rossi   Jorge Lorenzo   Álvaro Bautista
2007   Casey Stoner   Jorge Lorenzo   Héctor Faubel
2008   Casey Stoner   Mattia Pasini   Sergio Gadea
2009   Casey Stoner   Héctor Barberá   Andrea Iannone
2010   Valentino Rossi   Shoya Tomizawa   Nicolás Terol
2011   Casey Stoner   Stefan Bradl   Nicolás Terol
2012   Jorge Lorenzo   Marc Márquez   Maverick Viñales
2013   Jorge Lorenzo   Pol Espargaró   Luis Salom
2014   Marc Márquez   Esteve Rabat   Jack Miller
2015   Valentino Rossi   Jonas Folger   Alexis Masbou
2016   Jorge Lorenzo   Thomas Lüthi   Niccolò Antonelli
2017   Maverick Viñales   Franco Morbidelli   Joan Mir
2018   Andrea Dovizioso   Francesco Bagnaia   Jorge Martín
2019   Andrea Dovizioso   Lorenzo Baldassarri   Kaito Toba
2020 Moto2 and Moto3 Only   Tetsuta Nagashima   Albert Arenas

Superbike World ChampionshipEdit

Year Race Winning driver Winning team
2005 Race 1   Troy Corser Alstare Suzuki
Race 2   Yukio Kagayama Alstare Suzuki
2006 Race 1   James Toseland Winston Ten Kate Honda
Race 2   Troy Corser Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra
2007 Race 1   Max Biaggi Alstare Suzuki
Race 2   James Toseland Ten Kate Honda
2008 Race 1   Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team
Race 2   Fonsi Nieto Team Alstare Suzuki
2009 Race 1   Ben Spies Yamaha WSB
Race 2   Ben Spies Yamaha WSB
2014 Race 1   Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia Racing Team
Race 2   Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia Racing Team
2015 Race 1   Jordi Torres Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
Race 2   Leon Haslam Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils
2016 Race 1   Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing – Ducati
Race 2   Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing – Ducati
2017 Race 1   Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team
Race 2   Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team
2018 Race 1   Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK
Race 2 Race cancelled
2019 Race 1   Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK
SR   Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK
Race 2   Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK

World Touring Car ChampionshipEdit

Year Race Winning driver Winning team
2015 Race 1   José María López   Citroën Total WTCC
Race 2   Yvan Muller   Citroën Total WTCC
2016 Race 1   Gabriele Tarquini   Lada Sport Rosneft
Race 2   Mehdi Bennani   Sébastien Loeb Racing
2017 Race 1   Tom Chilton   Sébastien Loeb Racing
Race 2   Esteban Guerrieri   Honda Racing Team JAS

Motorcross World ChampionshipEdit

Year Race MX1 MX2
2013 Race 1   Clément Desalle   Jeffrey Herlings
Race 2   Tony Cairoli   Jeffrey Herlings
Year Race MXGP MX2
2014 Race 1   Maximilian Nagl   Dylan Ferrandis
Race 2   Gautier Paulin   Jeffrey Herlings
2015 Race 1   Maximilian Nagl   Jeffrey Herlings
Race 2   Maximilian Nagl   Jeffrey Herlings WMX
2016 Race 1   Tim Gajser   Jeffrey Herlings   Courtney Duncan
Race 2   Tim Gajser   Jeffrey Herlings   Courtney Duncan
2017 Race 1   Tony Cairoli   Pauls Jonass
Race 2   Tony Cairoli   Pauls Jonass

Speedcar SeriesEdit

Year Race Winning driver Winning team
2009 Race 1   Gianni Morbidelli   Palm Beach
Race 2   Vitantonio Liuzzi   Union Properties

GP2 AsiaEdit

Year Race Winning driver Winning team
2009 Race 1   Nico Hülkenberg   ART Grand Prix
Race 2   Sergio Pérez   Barwa International Campos

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Losail International Circuit, Qatar 2009 - GP2 Asia results - autoevolution.com
  2. ^ "Losail International Circuit". RacingCircuits.info. Retrieved 2020-07-16.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 25°29′24″N 51°27′15″E / 25.49000°N 51.45417°E / 25.49000; 51.45417