MotoGP: MotoGP touches down at new venue Chang International Circuit Thailand  

MotoGP:  MotoGP touches down at new venue Chang International Circuit Thailand  

72 points is the gap Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has at the top of the MotoGP™ World Championship as the paddock heads for Buriram and new-to-the-calendar Chang International Circuit. That’s almost three race wins clear and it’s fast becoming a last chance saloon for those on the chase, currently led by Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). Now is the time to strike, but no one can shake off the consistency of the number 93.

The long and challenging MotorLand Aragon is a very different beast to the Red Bull Ring and Brno, and yet the protagonists remained the same – in terms of speed at least. Although Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) suffered a Turn 1 crash and was out of the running, it was once again Honda vs Ducati at the front for the majority of the weekend and this time Marquez came out on top. So will that remain the same at Chang despite the nature of the track?

Testing tells us that Honda will be strong. It was Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) who topped Day 1 of the test at Buriram, Marquez who was quickest on Day 2 and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) went fastest on Day 3 and overall – a clean sweep for the Japanese manufacturer. Ducati Team’s Dovizioso was a little further back, and Lorenzo further still after a difficult test…but who showed their hand? Ducati have only gained momentum as the year has gone on. Lorenzo arrives on the road to recovery after that crash at Aragon, but the ‘Spartan’ isn’t known as the ‘Spartan’ for nothing.

If we are to get another Honda vs Ducati duel at the front, Team Suzuki Ecstar will be hoping they can get as close to it as they did at Aragon. Andrea Iannone was on the podium and in that battle for a bit, and teammate Alex Rins wasn’t far behind as they took two top four finishes. Rins also had good form in the test at Buriram so the signs look good for the Hamamatsu factory.

So what of Yamaha? MotorLand was a difficult weekend as the Iwata marque continue to endure a tougher time of it in 2018. During testing at Buriram they didn’t light up the timesheets either, but nevertheless Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) remains third in the title fight and not that far back from Dovizioso. Maverick Viñales is fifth and two behind his veteran teammate, but equal on points with Lorenzo, who is P4. So there is a lot to race for in the final rounds for both men.

In testing, it was Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) who took home the honour of top Yamaha. The Frenchman hasn’t quite been able to keep his early season pace but he’ll take heart from that on the road to Thailand – and he’s still well within striking distance of the honour of top Independent Team rider. Crutchlow is on 119 and Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) has the same, with Zarco lurking just behind on 112 points. That can easily change in over the course of even a single race…

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) led the rookies at the Buriram test and he’ll want to pocket some points, and Hafizh Syahrin (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) will want to start gaining back some ground on Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) in the fight for Rookie of the Year. Syahrin first rode a MotoGP™ bike at Buriram, so it’s a happy hunting ground.

Testing can give us some clues as we head for Chang International Circuit, but it remains uncharted territory in terms of a race weekend. Who will tame the heat and humidity of Thailand? Tune in from the 5th to 7th October as MotoGP™ barrels in to Buriram.


Thursday 4th Oct

MotoGP has arrived for the PTT Thailand Grand Prix but on the way to Buriram, reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) stopped off in Bangkok ahead of the event.
First, there was an official welcome ceremony at Makaharn Fort and Marquez was joined by some home heroes – Moto3™ rider Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (Honda Team Asia), Thitipong Warakorn (SAG Team), Apiwath Wongthananon (VR46 Master Camp Team) and former Asia Talent Cup Champion Somkiat Chantra (AP Honda Racing Thailand).

There, the riders were greeted by Senior Executive Vice President of PTT Buranin Rattanasombat and Tanukiat Junchum, Director of Professional Sport Development, Sport Authority Thailand in the ceremony, and they received traditional flower garlands and even models of tuk tuks! Then it was time for the riders to sit down for a few minutes Q&A with local media, ahead of heading back out onto the streets on Bangkok.

Marquez and Nakarin Atiratphuvapat share their experiences downtown

Marquez made sure the city got a real taste of MotoGP™ as he rode down Ratchadamnoen Avenue, all the way up to the democracy monument, where he did a couple of laps. Then, needing a few directions from a local, Atiratphuvapat stepped in and the two headed off for a hidden gem of the city for something to eat.

With the clock ticking down, it was time to head for Buriram – with Marquez soon roaring into town to enjoy the first ever Grand Prix at Chang International Circuit.

Marquez roams the streets of Bangkok

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6 minutes ago

MotoGP

Victory number 10 of 2019 and number 54 in the premier class

🥇 - Marc Márquez
🥈 - Fabio Quartararo
🥉 - Andrea Dovizioso

#JapaneseGP 🇯🇵
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He's an alien!!! Congrats, MM93 👏

My top fan badge is just as impressive

Yeahhhh

☝️☝️☝️

Ecio Stojnić

Hell yeah!!

Why such crap sound track?

Gaaaay

Congratulation you are the biso mcm pok iso and hebat ..

Boring

Nice 1 Marc93

very good

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1 day ago

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Daniel Ricciardo set a new lap record and his third career pole in Mexico last year! Jump onboard with the rapid Aussie 🔥 ... See Less

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I love this circuit. Go Max!

My favorite driver as a person. He deserved a better car than a Renault

Guys, next Monday Will be the last day for me on Facebook, coz I Will be travelling to England on Tuesday to study Law. Will be there for four years. I'll miss you all so much. May God be with you all. Please forward this message to all those know me. I've just forwarded as I received it and I don't know who is travelling.

Absolutely stunning! And the radio message sums it up perfectly 🤙

Great lap indeed !!! But im here to show the badge 😎😎

Great driver, always enjoy watching him. I was surprised how much the car was bottoming out on the lap, never paid attention to that before

I was soooooo happy when he did this. Max just wasn't fast enough and Vettel still youngest pole sitter 😂😂😂😂😂

And Austin Texas Grand Prix???

wou finally a great brand opens its eyes to the great corridor that is ricciardo 🏎🏎

This was just a fucking tragedy of a weekend, pole to yet another mechanical dnf. Thanks for all the broken engine components RB. They call that particular move the Horner Special.

Daniel will always be one of my favourite drivers.

Really miss seeing ricciardo at the top

Won’t be doing that this year. Sadly. Such a bad move.

Feel bad he moved from red bull deserves so much more of a better car. Would love to see him in a silver arrow

Last sector is one of the trickiests of all the circus... brilliant drive by Dani!

Will he ever experience these highs again, I’ve been a little deflated with the f1 thing this year because of this Renault thing, damn you max

Long straight will provide the advantage for Ferrari. Medium and slow corners would be Red Bull and Mercedes territory. Will be fascinating race.

Interesting to see how this year's Renault engines will cope with the Mexican altitude, last year they seemed the most efficient in the Red Bull car but who knows, just wishing for a Danny Ric podium again

Poor max almost cried after that one. I’m sure he did behind doors on his daddy’s shoulder. 😭

He's a great competitor ,Ferrari should hire him for next year to be in front againd

I don’t know anyone who does not like this guy. He’s fast and has amazing race craft. Its a wonder why he isn’t in a top team as the number 1 driver 🤔

Is this the pole he robbed crashy and Jos of their record?

all to give it up in the first `10 meter the next day

Jenson Button made the claim that Max was the quickest driver ever in F1 history yet Danny Ric had 3 poles while partnered with Max and Max had none This isn’t a dig at Max who I like a lot but a dig at how much shite Buttons talks

I miss Daniel Ric in the Red Bull plus the names of the tyres. These days tyre names are so boring.

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2 days ago

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We know he can race... but can he rap? 🤔 The one and only Kimi Raikkonen teams up with ASAP Ferg for a very unique look at an Alfa Romeo Racing steering wheel 👀

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They call me "Iceman" 😎... I love when he smiles 😍😘💓. I love that guy, Kimi is the best 🤗❤.

My favorite rapper, and 2nd favorite driver

This has to be one of the best videos in this page.

This gives me memories of being young, just learning English and singing under the shower. It sounded good then (for me). Just rhyming random words together. But i wish i knew there was money to be made back then.

What a nice duo!

Good to see Kimi fulfilling his marketing contracts. That said, I have no idea who the black guy was. Clearly, this stuff is for the kidz. I'm getting old. Hallelujah.

As cold as ice (Kimi the iceman) brilliant legend

Really some special personality to always stay so calm. I try to, but my personality is not like that. I get riled up more easily.

Well done teams. Hard year worked but not long till end 😯😥😥😥

I really dont know what to say about this post but came here to type something to retain my top fan badge

See Lewis ? This is how charism works.

How do you stay so calm? cuts to "STEERING WHEEL!" GLOVES AND STEERING WHEEL!!!!"

Great video. Grande Kimi

Anything with Kimi is gold. I never know about him jumping on the boat. Awesome.

Who is this guy?? He cant even talk and he gets so much publicity from f1??

I like this post. Had to say it, not press it

So whoever this guy is can't freestyle for nothin'. If that's what was even happening

The best!!!!!!! Kimi 💪🏻

Can you please get rid of this fake rapper it honestly kind of makes F1 look corny and bad promoting this junk if he was a talented I would get it but his music is 🗑

It's a shame that a talented driver has to waste time with this supposed rap singer

l'm a Kimi big fan. 👍

I have the fanatec F1 direct drive wheel it's such a good wheel

Most cringe interview ive seen!! In this interview Kimi gave an unusual interview, by his standarts. Who is Asap Ferg and why is he talking like Dave Chappelle ?

Still have no idea and never heard of this rap guy

Kimi is the best!

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