MotoGP

Ring in Spring with the MotoGP™ Grand Prix of Qatar

Victoria Barnett

By Victoria Barnett

March 10, 2016

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The first 2016 MotoGP race arrives March 20 in Qatar – get ready to kick off the season at one of the most spectacular circuits on the MotoGP calendar. To gear up for the exciting race, read about the circuit below and learn how you can be there to witness all the action.

About the Circuit

Length: 5.4 km

Corners: 6 left, 10 right

Width: 12 m.

Longest straight: 1068 m.

Constructed: 2004

The Losail International Circuit lies on the outskirts of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. With a layout of 5.4 kilometers, the track features a main straight over a kilometer in length, a mix of medium and high-speed corners and a couple of quick left-handers. It is surrounded by artificial grass designed to prevent sand from blowing onto the circuit. In 2008, Qatar held the first night time Grand Prix in history, which continues to be a success to this day.

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Circuit Records

Record

Rider

Team

Time

Speed

Fastest Lap

Jorge Lorenzo

Fiat Yamaha

1’53.927

170.0

Circuit Record

Casey Stoner

Ducati Marlboro

1’55.153

168.1

Best Pole

Jorge Lorenzo

Fiat Yamaha

1’53.927

170.0

Top Speed

Marc Marquez

Repsol Honda

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350.5


Grand Prix Results 2015

1 Valentino Rossi | Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Points: 25 | Time: 42’35.717 | Speed: 166.7 km/h

2 Andrea Dovizioso | Ducati Team

Points: 20 | Time: 42’35.891 | Speed: 166.7 km/h

3 Andrea Iannone | Ducati Team

Points: 16 | Time: 42’37.967 | Speed: 166.5 km/h

MotoGP Testing in Qatar

The MotoGP pre-season wrapped up in Qatar last week, and we learned a few things along the way. One, reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo has adapted well to the Michelin tyres and was the star in Qatar. He seemed like he was in a class of his own. Two, Yamaha definitely has the bike to beat this year as it offers a strong base and powerful engine like no other. Three, Honda struggled the first two days of testing before making a drastic chassis setup change that led Marc Marquez to finally “see some light at the end of the tunnel.”

Race Schedule in Qatar

Practice | Thurs. 3/17

Practice | Fri. 3/18

Qualifying | Sat. 3/19

Race | 3/20

Moto3 18:00 – 18:40

MotoGP 18:00 – 18:45

Moto3 18:00 – 18:40

Moto3 15:50 – 16:10

Moto2 18:55 – 19:40

Moto3 19:00 – 19:40

Moto2 18:55 – 19:40

Moto2 16:25 – 16:45

MotoGP™ 19:55 - 20:40

Moto2 19:55 – 20:40

MotoGP 19:55 – 20:25

MotoGP 17:00 – 17:20

Moto3 20:55 – 21:35

MotoGP 20:55 – 21:40

MotoGP 20:35 – 20:50

Moto3 18:00

Moto2 21:50 – 22:35

 

MotoGP 21:00 – 21:15

Moto2 19:20

 

 

PRESS 22:15

MotoGP 21:00


MotoGP VIP Village™ Facility Access

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There’s really no better way to experience the Grand Prix of Qatar than with MotoGP VIP Village access. The MotoGP VIP Village offers you a privileged view of the Start/Finish line, Pit Lane and Paddock area. You are also provided a private grandstand with direct access from the suite.

Enjoy a comfortable and elegant atmosphere in the climate-controlled Paddock Building. Indulge in a gourmet dinner and complimentary bar (wine & beer) on Saturday and Sunday. Plus, take advantage of the exclusive insider extras: Pit Lane Walk, Service Road Tour, VIP Raffle Prizes and more.

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