The magnificent Losail International Circuit is located on the outskirts of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. The 3.343 mile (5.380km) long track combines a long start and finish straight of 970 yards (887 metres) with a good blend of medium and high-speed corners, including a couple of quick left-handers. The Losail Circuit is situated in the desert and this means that the climatic condition is a major issue. Track temperatures can reach up to 50 degrees. A further complication is the circuit’s location in the middle of the desert, causing sand to be deposited on the racing surface and making it treacherously slippery – despite the best efforts of the organisers, who planted acres of artificial grass to combat the problem.
In 2013, it was defending champion, Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha), who took the chequered flag. He led the race pretty much from pole position and dominated the race. He was followed on the podium by team mate Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) and Marc Marquez (Honda).
To get to the circuit from Doha International Airport by hire car, drive through Al-Matar Street. Take a right at the Toyota Tower, keep going through C-Ring Road, then driving along Corniche all the way until reaching the Sheraton Hotel, take a left towards the City Centre, drive to Al-Wahda Street and take a right onto Istiqlal Street. Keep straight then take a left and head to Doha Golf Club. Take a right on the roundabout and head north to the Al-Khor Highway till you get to Losail International Racetrack. The track is located 19 miles (30km) from the airport.
There is no public transport to the circuit, but taxis from the city are very reasonably priced if you do not have access to a hire car.