The 2017 World Superbike Championship ends with races on November 3 and 4 at Losail International Circuit in Qatar. Just like the MotoGP bikes, the Superbikes compete in the evening under the circuit's spotlights. Located about 23 km north of Doha, the track cost 60 million US dollars to build and was inaugurated in October 2004 by the MotoGP.
The Superbikes debuted a year later, but didn't run from 2010 to 2013. Contrary to the other seasonal events, Race 1 is held on Friday and Race 2 on Saturday.
Even though it is positioned in one of the hottest areas on the planet, the track doesn't present any particular temperature problems because the races start at 9 pm, four hours and 10 minutes after the sun sets. During the two races in 2016, the tarmac reached 28°C and in 2015 it got up to 34°C.
According to Brembo technicians, who work closely with 17 World Superbike riders, Losail International Circuit is a fairly demanding circuit for the brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned a 3 on the difficulty index, exactly the same score given to four other tracks.