The most challenging braking zones
Of the eight braking sections on the Losail International Circuit in Doha, only one is classified as challenging on the brakes. The other six are of medium difficulty and the rest have just a slight impact on the braking systems.
The first turn after the finish line is not just the most complex in the race, but it is also one of the most difficult in the World Championship overall: arriving at about 350 km/h, the riders slow down to 106 km/h, applying 8 kg of pressure on the brake lever. A difference of 244 km/h is the record for MotoGP.
The six medium-difficulty turns each have different characteristics: turn 15 stands out for its 266 metres of braking space compared to 146 metres at turn 6 and 148 metres at turn 2.The riders grip the brakes for 3 seconds at turn 4, while at turn 6 and turn 16, they hold down the brakes for 4.5 seconds. Turn 7 is half-way between these two figures.
The least challenging turn on the track is number 10, which is distinguished by about 68 km/h of braking.
In Qatar, Brembo brakes won all of the 12 races contended up to now. On the other hand, since 1996, all of the queen class races were won by bikes with Brembo brakes (link to the history). The Qatar circuit smiles down on Yamaha, six-time winner there, while Ducati and Honda each took three titles. Amongst the triumphant riders are Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner, who have each won four times.