After 11 races on the old continent, the MotoGP circus looks east for the first edition of the Grand Prix of Thailand. After hosting Superbike races for three years, the Chang International Circuit has entered the MotoGP calendar, hosting the first race in a nation that has only recently established itself as a key player in the world motorcycle scene.
The Thai racing track is quite linear, with very long straights alternating with slow bends. It does not have any particularly complex sections, and in some respects it vaguely recalls the Zeltweg track where the Ducati motorcycles have always achieved excellent results. Not to mention that in February all the teams had three days of test rides to get used to the new track.
Andrea Dovizioso arrives in Thailand after his second place in Aragon, where he battled ferociously for victory. Andrea is increasingly at ease with his Desmosedici GP, and the results achieved in the last races have returned him to second place in the overall standings. There is no doubt that the Romagna native will tear up the track here as well.
Things did not go as well for Jorge Lorenzo in Aragon. Notwithstanding his spectacular qualifying rounds, he was not able to replicate the performance during the race itself. The fall on the first lap not only took him out of the race, but it left him with some physical problems that might trouble him in Thailand.
As already mentioned, Thailand has become one of the world's landmarks in the production of motorcycles, so much so that even Ducati has established its own production plant there. The passion for the reds has also grown exponentially here, to the point that the Ducati Store in Bangkok is one of the dealers with the highest sales in the world. And given the large number of local Ducatistas, Buriram will obviously have its own Ducati Grandstand offering its full and enthusiastic support to all the riders of the Desmosedici GPs.
The Thai circuit is the work of the German architect Hermann Tilke and was inaugurated in 2014. The track is equipped with two long straights followed by corners, but it is categorised as a "stop and go" track where hard braking is followed by fast accelerations. It is located about 450 km from the capital Bangkok and the large stands can accommodate up to 100,000 spectators.Circuit data