MotoGP Thailand preview: what to expect from Chang International Circuit this weekend
The Chang International Circuit, an hour's ride from Phanom Rung in Thailandâs Buriram province, is the location for round 15 of the 2018 MotoGP championship this weekend. Though the four-year-old track has been a venue for World Superbikes since 2015, this will be its maiden year hosting the blue ribbon of motorcycle racing. Not since Turkey was added to the calendar briefly from 2005 to 2008 has a new country become part of the competition; 2018 is the first time Thailand will have hosted a MotoGP event.
The circuit did have a pre-season test in February, when Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa came out on top ahead of Johann Zarco and team mate Marc Marquez. Pedrosa has since announced his retirement, while after a promising start to 2018 results have tailed off of late for satellite Yamaha rider Zarco. Marquez, meanwhile, has won six of the thirteen races to date and goes to Thailand with what looks like an unassailable 72 point lead in the championship.
Realistically only Andrea Dovizioso could come between Marquez and his fifth premier class title, and even then it is only a remote possibility. The Buriram circuit is something of an unknown, but Marquez will not be phased, and historically he has learned circuits quickly. If he were to win in Thailand that would leave only one circuit on the calendar where he has not stood on the top step in the MotoGP class; the Red Bull Ring in Austria.Source: Google News Thailand | Netizen 24 Thailand