It was another master-class race for Championship leader Marc Marquez, who took the first MotoGP win ever in Thailand in front of a cheering, enthusiast crowd of more than 100.000 spectators. Marc’s seventh victory of the season is also the 68th of his career, putting him equal with Jorge Lorenzo as the fifth-most winning rider across all classes. It was a hat-trick weekend for the Spaniard, who earned pole position, set the lap record and earned the victory.

Marc’s win came down to the last corner of the last lap, thanks to a thrilling battle with title contender Andrea Dovizioso. The points scenario makes the next round, the Grand Prix of Japan, the first match point for the MotoGP Title.

On the other side of the garage, a crash at turn five on lap 18 was a true shame for Dani Pedrosa, as it ended what until then had been his best race of the season; Pedrosa was charging forward from the back, with hopes of launching himself into the podium battle.

Marc Marquez

winner

“Of course I’m very, very happy today because it’s the first time I’ve beaten Dovi in this way. We were very equal, and my strategy was to try and attack in order to open a gap and avoid having it come down to the last lap. But Dovi had a very good pace and I was struggling with the front tyre, so I wasn’t able. Instead, I just tried to manage the tyres and stick to him. Honestly, I wasn’t so confident going into the final lap because I’ve lost many head-to-head finishes with him in the past. But this time, we swapped roles—I used Dovi’s style and Dovi used Marquez’s style!—and that worked to overtake him on the corner exit. It was a great feeling to race in front of all the Thai fans, who cheered and supported all of us riders equally, really enjoying the sport and making me feel good over the whole weekend. I’m really thankful to them. Now the first match ball will be in Japan, which is the most important race for Honda as it’s their only home Grand Prix. Of course we’ll try our best there, but if it’s not possible, the main target is still to achieve the title at some point.”

Dani Pedrosa

DNF

“Today’s result was a very disappointing one as we had a real chance to fight for the podium. I lost the front when I was pushing hard and getting closer to the front. I hit a bump and couldn’t save it. The crucial moment was the start, as first I had an issue with the clutch and soon after that, Miller took the inside into the corner too fast and pushed us both wide so that we lost ground. As we had all been forced to use the hard rear, I struggled to warm the tyres up over the first three laps, and I didn't have good grip. It took a while to get into a fast rhythm. The positive thing is that we had a strong race after that, catching the front group. We had a good chance but we didn’t make it. Hopefully the next race will be better.”

MotoGP 2018
Race Round 15   Thailand

Race Classification

Sunny
Humidity
46%
Track Temp
49°C
Air Temp
32°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 39'55.722
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 20 Ducati Team Ducati 0.115
3 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.270
4 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.564
5 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 11 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2.747
6 Rins Alex 42 SPA 10 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 3.023
7 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 9 LCR Honda Honda 6.520
8 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 8 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 6.691
9 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 7 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 9.944
10 Miller Jack 43 AUS 6 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 11.077
11 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 5 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 15.488
12 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL 4 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 17.691
13 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 3 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 21.413
14 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 2 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 22.802
15 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 1 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 23.628
16 Redding Scott 45 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 23.804
17 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 32.507
18 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 37.216
19 Torres Jordi 81 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 39.204
20 Luthi Tom 12 SWI 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 39.421
21 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 53.388
22 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda Honda 2 laps
23 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 8 laps
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 7
Right corners 5
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 (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)