In five days the world will know the first ever MotoGP winner of the Grand Prix of Thailand, a country where the World Championship is hugely popular and the race, to be hosted at the Buriram International Circuit, is eagerly awaited.
Looking back at the three-day test hosted last 16-18 February at the 4.6 km Hermann Tilke-designed track, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez completed totals of 224 and 271 laps, setting the first- and third-fastest times, respectively, in the combined standings (1’29.781” on day 3 for Pedrosa, 1’29.969” on day 2 for Marquez). Faithful to his typical working method, Marc also completed a very impressive race simulation in the afternoon heat of the test’s final day, including a long string of high-1’30” laps.
Although weather and track conditions will have to be addressed all over again via tyre choice and bike setup beginning Friday morning, the Repsol Honda riders will try and put to good use the work completed, in order to be among the first three riders to step onto the Thai MotoGP podium.
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.|
|Longest straight||1 km / 3280.84 ft.|
444 Moo 15 Buriram Chang Wat Buri Ram 31000, Thailand - View in Google Maps
|Track Best lap (Q1 Best Lap)||1m30.031s (181.9Km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)|
|Pole Position||1m30.088s (182.0Km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)|
|Race Lap||1m31.471s (179.2.0Km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)|
|Race Time||39'55.722 (177.9Km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)|