Losail International Circuit

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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 (3.343 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

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

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 history[edit]

Since 2008, MotoGP has run under lights at Losail.

MotoGP[edit]

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

Superbike World Championship[edit]

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

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

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

Motorcross World Championship[edit]

Year Race MX1 MX2
2013 Race 1 Belgium Clément Desalle Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings
Race 2 Italy Tony Cairoli Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings
Year Race MXGP MX2
2014 Race 1 Germany Maximilian Nagl France Dylan Ferrandis
Race 2 France Gautier Paulin Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings
2015 Race 1 Germany Maximilian Nagl Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings
Race 2 Germany Maximilian Nagl Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings WMX
2016 Race 1 Slovenia Tim Gajser Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings New Zealand Courtney Duncan
Race 2 Slovenia Tim Gajser Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings New Zealand Courtney Duncan
2017 Race 1 Italy Tony Cairoli Latvia Pauls Jonass
Race 2 Italy Tony Cairoli Latvia Pauls Jonass

Speedcar Series[edit]

Year Race Winning driver Winning team
2009 Race 1 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United States Palm Beach
Race 2 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi United Arab Emirates Union Properties

GP2 Asia[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

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

External links[edit]

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