Round 15 of the MotoGP season takes the action outside of Europe and to the Chang International Circuit for the second Thailand Grand Prix.
At last year’s inaugural Thai GP, Maverick Viñales climbed the podium with a third-place finish, while Valentino Rossi just missed out on the rostrum in fourth.
Viñales, currently fifth in the rider standings and just nine points out of third place, is hoping to be back on the podium in Buriram as he tries to climb the rankings with the season winding down. Rossi is one spot behind his teammate with a 19-point gap to third.
Valentino Rossi: “Now begins a series of races that will take us outside of Europe. The first of these GPs is the round held in Thailand. Last year the Buriram race weekend was really nice because I had the second place in qualifying and I was fast in the race. I fought for the podium until the end. I didn’t get it and finished fourth, but I was fast. So, this year the goal is to be fast again and try to do even better than last year.”
Maverick Viñales: “In Aragon we found the way to be strong in the first laps of the race and that was an important point for me. From lap 1 to lap 15 is where I struggled a lot earlier on this season, so we need to bring this improvement with us to Buriram. We arrive in a really good shape and we‘re feeling positive because last year I did a good race. The Chang circuit is very demanding because of the high temperatures but I think that it’s a track that suits us quite well, and also the tires work very well here. We have a really good atmosphere in the team, and we are doing a great job. I hope to be more competitive in Thailand than I was at the previous round and to be closer to the top riders. As I said many times, our goal right now is to always be the first Yamaha and to try to fight for third position in the general classification.”