Formally opened in October 2004, The Losail International circuit hosts the debut race of each MotoGP season. Built in little over a year, the track required 24 hour commitment from almost 1,000 workers to complete in time for the Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar. The circuit consists of 16 turns in total, made up of 10 right corners and 6 left. This mixture of medium and high-speed corners has never failed to impress both fans and riders alike. The quick left turns in particular have proved especially popular with the riders, and create a thrilling race experience for spectators.
The flowing layout of 5.4km includes the longest straight on the MotoGP Calendar, at an impressive 1.068km. Located on the outskirts of the capital city Doha, the track itself is surrounded by artificial grass, specially placed to prevent sand from the surrounding desert from blowing onto the circuit.
In 2008, the track added permanent outdoor lighting for night races, which allowed the circuit to hold the first ever MotoGP night race that year. To this day, Losail remains as the only night race on the MotoGP calendar. It is also the only circuit in this region to hold both FIA and FIM homologation licenses.
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