The track was put together in just over a year and cost $58 million US dollars.
From a press release issued by Camel Honda:
The Losail circuit is situated in the desert and this means that the climatic condition is a major issue. Track temperature was more 40 degrees at Sepang and it'll probably be around the same at Losail, up in the 50s. As in Malaysia the bikes must be specially prepared to increase the refrigeration efficiency of the engine and radiators with larger capacities than normal will be fitted again.
The track combines a long start and finish straight of 1.068m. with various type of corners but it is very symmetric and not any of them need a lot of throttle. The base setting of the bike will be similar to that used at Sepang, an adequate compromise between the brakes and suspension settings to be able to give stability under braking and also to maintain grip throughout the other parts of the circuit.
Grip at Losail is a topic matter speaking about tyres' performances. The layout of the track isn't particular hard on tyres. The major concern is the sand blown onto the surface which dramatically reduces the grip. Unfortunately the track doesn't get used a great deal and the sand has not many chances to get cleared away. If it is sandy, you do everything you can to find grip, but if you use really soft tyres, the sand wears them out quickly, whereas if you use hard tyres you have no grip, which makes tyre choice a tricky task. Permanent lighting was installed in 2007 for the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar that will take place on March 9th 2008. This event will be the first night race ever to take place in MotoGP history. The lighting was done by Musco Lighting and is the largest permanent lighting project in the world for a sporting event.
Losail is a 3.3 mile track with 16 turns, 10 right and 6 left with a 1068 meter main straight.