It was a positive beginning to the inaugural Grand Prix of Thailand for the Repsol Honda team when points-leader Marc Marquez finished fourth overall, a mere 0.098” off the top, on a sunny and hot day one at the Buriram International Circuit.

In both FP1 and FP2, Marc completed several fast laps immediately upon taking to the track, and then proceeded to work on his race pace, keeping a consistent, fast rhythm in both sessions.

There was also good progression through the day for Dani Pedrosa, who ended eighth overall, less than 3 hundredths of a second down on provisional pole-setter Andrea Dovizioso, after improving by over a second on his morning-session effort.

Marc Marquez

4th 1'31.188

“I felt good on the bike today. Conditions are hot, but not unbearably hot! We worked in the same way as at the recent GPs, using the Friday sessions to try and understand the tyres, the bike and electronics setup, and the track conditions. Of course we pushed, but with a working plan in mind. The track surface was a bit slippery in the morning but it improved over the day. At the moment, the lap times are slower than in the test; I believe that’s because we have a different rear tyre that is working in a different way, so basically, we need to adapt the setup to it. Anyway, so far we’re working well and I feel comfortable with our race pace. Tomorrow we’ll see more clearly where we all are.”

Dani Pedrosa

8th 1'31.385

“Today we worked a lot with the tyres and on understanding the track conditions, which improved quite a bit after the first session. We managed to try a few of the tyre specs that Michelin brought here because it will be important to find the best compromise between grip, traction and durability. Tomorrow we must continue working on this aspect, but so far I think we’ve done a good job. We’re improving our feeling step by step, and we have to keep up this progression.”

MotoGP 2018
Practice Round 15   Thailand

Free Practice Classification

Sunny
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'31.090
2 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'31.121 / 0.031
3 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'31.164 / 0.074
4 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'31.188 / 0.098
5 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'31.238 / 0.148
6 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'31.256 / 0.166
7 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'31.378 / 0.288
8 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'31.385 / 0.295
9 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'31.398 / 0.308
10 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'31.421 / 0.331
11 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'31.486 / 0.396
12 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'31.647 / 0.557
13 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1'31.714 / 0.624
14 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'31.841 / 0.751
15 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'31.929 / 0.839
16 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'32.027 / 0.937
17 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'32.067 / 0.977
18 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'32.177 / 1.087
19 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'32.191 / 1.101
20 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'32.403 / 1.313
21 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'32.475 / 1.385
22 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'32.661 / 1.571
23 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'32.989 / 1.899
24 Torres Jordi 81 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'33.406 / 2.316
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)