A positive and mostly dry day for Marc Marquez as he builds his speed in Buriram with Pol Espargaro not far behind.

Days of intensive rain finally yielded as the MotoGP World Championship returned to the Chang International Circuit for the first time since 2019. A brief midday shower interrupted running in the smaller classes, but MotoGP riders spent the entirety of Friday on slicks, the last five minutes of each session producing an exciting rush of quick laps.

Free Practice 1 proved to be a busy session for Marc Marquez, falling early in the session at Turn 3 before immediately remounting and continuing. In true Marquez fashion, the fall did little to hinder him as the #93 ended the morning session as the fastest rider. Free Practice 2 saw another 20 laps for Marquez who set a best time of 1’30.714, 0.2s shy of his quickest morning time. Fourth on the combined times with his 1’30.523 from FP1, Marquez continues the strong form shown previously in Japan into another Grand Prix.

Like his Repsol Honda Team teammate, Pol Espargaro’s quickest time came from Free Practice 1. Ultimately ending the day in 17th and 0.726s from the top of the time sheets as the competition in the premier class continues to only tighten. Rear grip continues to be the area where Espargaro and his team are working the most.

Weather remains the main talking point on Friday even as dark clouds muster above the Chang International Circuit. Should it remain dry, the field will again battle it out for the top ten in Free Practice 3. Otherwise, the morning session could offer a first chance to experience a fully wet Thailand in 2022.

Marc Marquez

Fourth 1'30.523

“I am very happy today; we achieved our target which was improving myself between races. Today I went out and I felt better than Japan, in Japan I felt better than Aragon – so step by step we are improving. We were competitive with new and used tyres and the progression is there to see. I’ve used a lot of energy today and there’s the chance I have a bit of a drop in the weekend, but let’s see. The rain might help but I am also feeling competitive in the dry. It was also interesting to see the calendar today, I am excited for the new races – India is an important place for all the manufacturers and especially Honda, and I am looking forward to seeing all the MotoGP fans there.”

Pol Espargaro

17th 1'31.007

“Our situation is pretty similar to normal where we are searching for more grip. We especially need to try and improve our feeling with new tyres for the time attack tomorrow and Qualifying. When we have a lot of grip we can be fast, but we need to find the grip. Let’s see what happens tomorrow, especially if it’s wet we can make a step.”

MotoGP 2022
Practice Round 17   Thailand

Thai Grand Prix Practice Results

Dry
Humidity
67%
Track Temp
34°C
Air Temp
28°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'30.281
2 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.018
3 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.190
4 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.242
5 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.274
6 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.307
7 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.313
8 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.327
9 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.360
10 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.484
11 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.509
12 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 0.600
13 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.611
14 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.683
15 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.715
16 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.723
17 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.726
18 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.778
19 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.832
20 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.044
21 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.086
22 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 1.109
23 Nagashima Tetsuta 45 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.646
24 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2.425
Location Information

Designed by German architect Herman Tilke, the Buriram International Circuit opened in 2014 and will see MotoGP™ making its debut this season. Located around 410km northeast from the country’s capital of Bangkok, the town of Buriram in the Buriram province literally translates into “city of happiness”, and its typically hot… read more.

Length 4.6 km / 2.83 miles
Width 12 metres / 39.37 ft.
Left corners 5
Right corners 7
Longest straight 1 km / 3280.84 ft.
Constructed 2014
Modified /

444 Moo 15 Buriram Chang Wat Buri Ram 31000, Thailand - View in Google Maps

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Records

Track Best lap 1m29.671s (182.8 Km/h) Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati, 2022)
Pole Position 1m29.671s (182.8 Km/h) Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati, 2022)
Race Lap 1m30.904s (180.3 Km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
2022 Winner Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2022)