- Length: 5.380 mt.
- Width: 12 mt.
- Straight: 1068 mt.
- Left turns: 6
- Right turns: 10
Losail International Circuit (also Lusail International Circuit) (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. In addition the circuit hosted the 2006 Grand Prix Masters of Qatar won by Nigel Mansell.
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. It happens to be somewhat similar to the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.
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.
BETA TOOLS SPEED UP
NAVARRO SIXTH AND DI GIANNANTONIO THIRTEENTH IN THE GRAND PRIX OF QATAR
The Beta Tools Speed Up team riders finished the first and long-awaited appointment of the 2020 season of the Moto2 World Championship in the points.
Good start for Navarro from the fourth position of the grid, who is fifth at the end of the first lap. The Spaniard paid attention to the wear of the front tyre and decided not to push too much in the first laps thus losing some positions. After half race, Jorge began recovery by first overtaking Bezzecchi, then Vierge, Marini and thus reaching the leading group with a good pace, crossing the finish line in sixth position.
Complicated race for Fabio Di Giannantonio who, from the first lap, encountered feeling problems with the front tyre of his Speed Up. Fabio was able to managed the tyre well until the end of the twenty laps, taking thirteenth place.
JORGE NAVARRO #9: 6th
“Strange race. From the beginning I knew I had to keep the front tyre because the last laps would have been decisive and so I went cautious at the start of the race, but perhaps I waited too long because many riders overtook me and in recovering I realized that we are not yet at the level of the others when accelerating. Halfway through the race I had found the rhythm and managed to reach the leading group. I felt good and for a moment I thought I could fight for the victory, but once I reached the top I realized that they were going faster. I couldn’t take any further risks because the tyre was wearing out too much with more aggressive driving. However, I am satisfied with how we managed this first Grand Prix ending with important points. We look ahead, we have the potential to do well!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21: 13th
“First race went definitely not as we wanted. We had a problem with the front tyre which penalized my race. The front tyre was the most discussed topic of the weekend because it was not known if it would last until the end. After several sessions carried out during the tests and on the race weekend we had studied and tested a setup to get to the end of the race with a good rhythm and instead from the first lap in the race I never managed to make our times risking to crash to every turn. We finished the first race of the season taking thirteenth position, sorry for what happened but aware of the good work done in these days”.
SECOND AND FOURTH ROW FOR BETA TOOLS SPEED UP IN QATAR GP QUALIFYING
Jorge passed Q1 and closed fourth, Diggia eleventh.
Beta Tools Speed Up team riders will start respectively from the second and fourth row of the starting grid of the Grand Prix of Qatar scheduled for tomorrow at 18.00, local time.
Di Giannantonio scored an excellent sixth fastest time (1’59.052) during the last free practice session thus obtaining direct access to Q2. Practice sessions more complicated instead for Navarro who struggled more than expected on track and at the end of the session with the fifteenth time the direct passage to Q2 is blurred.
The Spaniard took advantage of the fifteen minutes of the first qualifying session very well and with the time of 1’58.798 he could still fight for the first positions. Beta Tools Speed Up team riders went back on track for the second qualifying, both with soft tyres, ready to give their best. 1’58.316 is the best time of the day for Navarro who took fourth place on the grid, while Fabio stopped the chronometers a few thousandths later at 1’58.640 closing in eleventh position.
JORGE NAVARRO #9: 4th in 1’58.316
“After three complicated free practices in which I never managed to find the positive feelings I had during the test, today we are finally back on the right way. We did a good job, strategically I thought it was a mistake to face Q1, but in the end it was the right choice to get more prepared for Q2 and I thank my team for this! And nothing, we worked well, the sensations have improved and now only a few small details are missing and then we will be ready for the first race!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21: 11th in 1’58.640
“I’m happy with how this first qualifying of the season went. Last year we managed to do an excellent race starting much further back and considering that this year we are doing much better as preparation for the race, I feel confident for tomorrow. Today’s potential was this, we gave our best. For tomorrow morning we have a small change in store that could give us that extra tenth that is needed above all towards the end of the race. It will be important to start well and better manage the front tyre which seems to be the most critical thing here”.
NAVARRO AND DI GIANNANTONIO AT WORK ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE GRAND PRIX OF QATAR
The free practice sessions of the Qatar Grand Prix held today at the Losail International Circuit kicked off the Moto2 class World Championship.
As the premier class won’t start the championship on this weekend, the schedule times have all been postponed: Moto2 has in fact played FP1 in the early afternoon while the second session started at 18.00, local time, under the lights of the Qatar circuit, the same one in which it will be played the race.
Navarro started the day with ninth place in the first session at +0.213 from the first. A crash made him lose part of the session and on getting back on track he did not want to risk, aiming to give his best in the second session. Di Giannantonio closed FP1 with the twelfth fastest time at +0.482. Not the start he hoped for, given the results achieved in the previous test, but the feeling with the bike was good.
In FP2 conditions have changed: the outside temperature was six degrees lower and the asphalt drops to twenty-five unlike the forty-one of the first session. Both teams worked on the setup using soft front and rear tyres. Navarro improved his lap time but he struggled to find the feeling with which he had excelled in the test last week, closing the first twelfth day. Di Giannantonio also lowered his time but due to the traffic on track during his best laps he wasn’t able to go beyond seventeenth position.
JORGE NAVARRO #9: 12th in 1’59.189
“Let’s say it was a strange day because I didn’t understand the situation very well. In FP1 I knew that we would suffer a little more because we went out with the front tyre that I liked least to safeguard the others for the other sessions of the weekend. It wasn’t so bad but after a little crash I didn’t want to risk it and I waited for the FP2 which I knew would be the same conditions as the race. We went out with new tyres; the plan was to go out on the attack but I didn’t find the right feeling. I could not enter the turn as I wanted and I felt the rear push. It was like riding a motorcycle that was not the same as the one ridden in the tests. We have to understand what happened with the tyres and how my technician says: “Tomorrow will be another day!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21: 17th in 1’59.284
“First day in Qatar so and so because after the test I expected to start with another rhythm, but in terms of setup and speed on track I feel very good! What was missing today was the fastest lap, in the four fastest laps I found traffic, too bad. Tomorrow we have another chance to enter Q2, obviously it is not our goal to stay at the limit of Q2 but to stay there permanently. Let’s see, for now I am confident “.