2018 Buriram Moto2 & Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Previews of the Thai round of Moto2 and Moto3 from some of the teams:


The circus of the MotoGP lands for the first time in Thailand: at the start the long trip out of Europe before the Valencia GP for Bagnaia, Marini, Bulega and Foggia.

Buriram (Thailand), October 4th 2018 - It will be a very intense October month, with four races in five weekends, what awaits the talents of Sky Racing Team VR46: a long journey between Asia and Oceania with important points to be won for the Championship . First stop in Thailand on the new circuit of Buriram that will be a real discovery for everyone, in the lower class where, on Sunday, we will race on the special livery dedicated to the European campaign for the protection of seas and oceans Sky Ocean Rescue.

He will start from +19 on his direct opponent for the final victory Pecco Bagnaia who, after the precious second place at Aragon, is ready to face the layout of the Chang Circuit. Luca Marini, who has ended the weekend at the Motorland proving to have the pace of the fastest guys, is also ready to back as one of the protagonists

On track, after a productive day of testing after GP, Nicolò Bulega and Dennis Foggia - who will face the particular and demanding extra-European tracks for the first time - closer and closer to the leading group with the goal of growing and growing before the end of the October trip.

PABLO NIETO - Team Manager

The Chang Circuit will be a discovery for everyone in the lower classes. The riders will start from zero and it will be important to manage in the best way the Friday of free practices to getting ready fro FP3 and qualifying. A very intense October is waiting us. The race in Thailand is the first one of a series of 4 events where we will fight for important points before Valencia GP. They will be a key weekends on very particular, demanding and different tracks. More than ever, we have to remain focused, work hard and leave nothing to chance.

Pecco Bagnaia

At Aragon, the goal was to finish the weekend with a good result and a bigger gap from Miguel to better manage the oversea races. We will face 4 demanding tracks, the first one in Thailand a new entry in the World Championship calendar. All the guys will start from zero, but from the images it seems very similar to the Austrian Ring, where this year we were really competitive and fast.

Luca Marini

In qualifying, at Aragon, we have struggled more than we expected and this certainly influenced the initial stages of the race, even though we ended up the weekend growing with a pace very similar to the fastest guys. This is an aspect not to leave to chance from Thailand: a new track for everyone with very the long straights and similar to Termas de Rio Hondo and Spielberg.

Nicolo Bulega

We come from a weekend where we have found positive feelings, a good feeling with the bike and we will work to confirm this trend even in the races outside Europe. We will discover Buriram that, from the images I saw on TV, remembers the long straights and the hard breakings of the Spielberg track.

Dennis Foggia

The Chang Circuit will host the first of the 4 races outside Europe. We arrive there after one of the most positive weekends of the season, until the warm up, and a really productive test at Aragon. All the riders will start in the same condition and will discover the layout for the first time: we expect long straights and this is a feature that I like.


This weekend's Grand Prix of Thailand will be the first of four overseas events involving the Forward Racing Team's riders Stefano Manzi and Isaac Viñales.

The race will take place on the 4,554 m of the modern Chang International Circuit, where a MotoGP race will be held for the first time.

Both riders of the Team are optimistic and curious to compete on this new circuit, to be completely discovered, where they will find a warm and humid weather, similar to that which characterizes the GP in Malaysia.

The three-day of Thai race will start on Friday, October 5th at 5:55 a.m., 10:55 a.m. local time, when the FP1 will start.

Stefano Manzi - Rider

"It will be a particular weekend, where we will all have to deal with a new circuit, to be learned immediately, starting with the Friday morning free practices. We will certainly find high temperatures and a lot of humidity, let's just hope it doesn't rain. We still have to start to

run and ride, trying to understand as soon as possible the track and analyze the times we're going to record in order to set the weekend's work".

Isaac Viñales - Rider

"A new track, all to be discovered the one of Thailand. We are all very curious to run here. The predisposition is positive, I don't feel any more pain in my arm and this gives me good hopes. We wish it will be a good weekend of racing”.

Giovanni Cuzari - Team Owner

"We have reached the first of the four overseas trips, where we will compete in the new Grand Prix of Thailand. It's always nice and exciting to arrive in this continent, where the passion and enthusiasm of the people who welcome us are always high. Stefano and Isaac arrive optimistic and curious to discover this new track. The humid weather, with high temperatures, will be their first antagonist. We are now looking forward to be on track on Friday, to start getting to know the new circuit and gather the warmth of the new fans".

Oliveira and Binder to ride in Thailand for the first time

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders hope to adapt as quickly as possible to the Chang International Circuit and fight for the podium on Sunday.

10/03/2018 - Chang International Circuit, Thailand

Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder head to Buriram to take part in the first of four flyaway rounds in the final stretch of the season. The Thai GP presents a new challenge for the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders, since it will be the first time that the Moto2 World Championship has come to the 4.5km Chang International Circuit. The duo come into the round second and third, respectively, in the overall standings, and both will have to adapt to the track quickly in order to challenge for the top positions in the race.

Oliveira will look to reduce the gap to the series leader at the start of the flyaway rounds, which currently stands at just 19 points. With 125 points still available, the Portuguese will be boosted by his good results in the final stages of previous seasons, and he will try to repeat this in 2018, starting with the Thai GP.

Binder arrives in Thailand in great form after winning the last Grand Prix at MotorLand Aragon -his second victory of the season. The win also allowed him to further consolidate his current third place in the overall standings, and now the South African will seek to maintain his good run of results and increase his advantage over those behind him.

Red Bull KTM Ajo remain top of the Moto2 team standings, coming into the 24-lap race that takes place at 12:20pm local time on Sunday.


"This is a time of the year that I like, and where both in Moto3 and last year in Moto2 we have achieved great results. This season we start the flyaways in Buriram, a circuit that is completely unknown and that I have only been able to see on television. It will be important to do as many laps as possible in the Free Practice sessions, in order to adapt as quickly as possible and to get a good position on the grid on Saturday. We are only 19 points off the leader and there are still 125 points left, so we will try to get as many as we can from the remaining five races."


"We arrive in Thailand after a month of many tests and an excellent weekend in Aragon, with a pole position and victory. It couldn't be better for us. It's always a challenge to ride at a new track and I can't wait to get out on track in Thailand. I've watched several WSBK races to get a first impression of the track, although in the end we have to see it in person in order to truly understand it. If we continue with the good work we have been doing, lap after lap, in each session, then I'm sure that we can fight for a good result on Sunday."

Darryn Binder steps into the unknown in Buriram

The Moto3 World Championship visits the Chang International Circuit for the first time, to start a run of four flyaway rounds.

10/03/2018 - Chang International Circuit, Thailand

The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider comes into the final stretch of the season this weekend with the first of four races outside of Europe, at Buriram. Unlike the MotoGP grid, which undertook a preseason test at the Thai track, the Moto3 competitors will have their first experience of the Chang International Circuit. Darryn Binder hopes to perform at his best again after a hard weekend in Aragon.

Awaiting him is a 4.5km track that consists of long straights, 5 left hand corners and 7 right handers, and he will have to work hard from the first practice session to learn the secrets of the circuit. Binder has been using his time since the previous round to study the characteristics of the Buriram track from home, with his intention being to fight for the Top 15 on Sunday.

The 22-lap Moto3 race will be the first World Championship race held at the Chang International Circuit, getting underway at 11am local time on Sunday.


"After the race weekend in Aragon we stayed on for a day of testing, where we were able to try things with this weekend in mind, despite less than optimal track conditions. In order to learn the characteristics of this track we've used two strategies: Firstly, playing the MotoGP game on the PlayStation, and secondly by watching the World Superbikes races at Buriram. The circuit seems easy enough to memorise and it seems to be quite nice. Although it is a new track, the idea is to continue with the same plan for our work. We will do our best to score points again."


Spanish Moto3 team start flyaway races with a first ever trip for the championship to Thailand

The Moto3 World Championship teams and riders face a journey into the unknown this weekend as the series arrives in Thailand to tackle the Buriram circuit for the first time. After adding new venues in Argentina and the United States in recent years, the visit to southeast Asia marks the first of four races outside Europe, with Japan, Australia and Malaysia all on the horizon. With five races to go and 125 points up for grabs, Spanish rider Jorge Martín makes the trip with a narrow 13-point advantage over his main title rival, the Italian Marco Bezzecchi. The chase for third place is also on between a bunch of Spaniards and Italians, with Fabio Di Giannantonio, Enea Bastianini and Aron Canet all battling for a place on the championship podium.

The Ángel Nieto Team head for unchartered territory this weekend for the fifteenth round of the longest MotoGP World Championship in history, which runs until mid-November. Andrea Migno and Albert Arenas arrive in Thailand with no prior knowledge of the circuit and with the aim of fighting at the front of the pack, like they did in San Marino and Aragón, where the Spaniard finished in sixth and seventh position and the Italian took a ninth and twelfth. With just two points between them in the championship, the pair will fight to the end of the season for a top ten finish overall.

Andrea Migno: “Over the past two rounds we have gradually got back to the pace we had at the start of the season and now we want to continue growing to make sure we also get the same results as those first few races. Thailand will be a new track, where we need to adapt quickly and understand the bike there. The layout looks fun and fast, so the slipstreams will also be important this weekend.”

Albert Arenas: “One of the things I am most excited about this weekend is that it's a new circuit for everybody so we all start from scratch. It will be a hot weekend in terms of the weather, going by the experience the MotoGP riders had at the test. We will go out with full focus from the first day and try to set a high standard for the weekend.”


Chang International Circuit, Thailand – Tuesday 2nd October

Circuit: Chang International Circuit

Circuit Length: 4.6 km

The Buriram International Circuit, also formally known as the Chang International Circuit, will host the first ever Thai round of the MotoGP Championship.

Situated in the town of Buriram, approximately 400km northeast from the country’s capital, Bangkok, the Asian circuit designed by German architect Hermann Tilke, incorporates twelve turns, with some of the longest straights on the 2018 calendar.

PETRONAS Sprinta Racing riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki will return to the circuit which they both raced at during their time competing in the Asia Talent Cup.

Following his strong performance at the Aragon Grand Prix, Adam Norrodin is eager to get back on track and continue building on his fighting form.

Teammate Ayumu Sasaki will return to action this weekend after breaking his hand in Misano just three weeks ago. The Japanese rider is eager to get back on board his Honda NSF250RW and back up to speed in time for his home Grand Prix, commencing on the 19th October.


“Thailand is a new track for most people, so it will be a steep learning curve in terms of bike set-up. This is what we will have to focus on from the very beginning; finding the right settings for this circuit. For sure it will not be easy and we are going to have to stay calm and be a little patient to make the best bike we can for the race. It’s the same for everyone though, so let’s see who gets to grip with it the quickest. The result from Aragon has certainly filled me with extra confidence and excitement for this next round. I’m really happy with what we did in Aragon and I hope that we can continue to build on the progress we made there. For sure I need some more good points this weekend but I feel really positive that we can achieve our targets.”


“I’m very excited to race in Thailand, especially after having to miss the last race at Aragon. Since then I have come back home to Japan and had more therapy on my hand; it’s feeling a lot better, so hopefully it won’t hinder me too much. For sure I won’t be 100% physically, but I’m going to give it everything I have. We will have a lot of work to do from Friday onwards; we need to do as many laps as possible to really find the right set-up. I really hope that I can pick up where I left off in Misano; I felt so good on the bike there. It’s so important to me to finish these last races strong.”


Chang International Circuit, Thailand – Tuesday 2nd October

Circuit: Chang International Circuit

Circuit Length: 4.6 km

The Buriram International Circuit, also formally known as the Chang International Circuit, will host the first ever Thai round of the MotoGP Championship.

Situated in the town of Buriram, approximately 400km northeast from the country’s capital Bangkok, the Asian circuit designed by German architect Hermann Tilke, incorporates twelve turns, with some of the longest straights on the 2018 calendar.

Having hosted FIM Superbike World Championship racing at the venue since 2015, former World SuperSport rider Niki Tuuli will be looking to use his previous experience at the Thai circuit, to help him progress on board his Moto2 machine.

#66 Niki Tuuli

“I’m really looking forward to the Thailand Grand Prix because I like the track and have quite good memories from there already. It’s not a huge advantage to have already been to this circuit with World SuperSport because in Moto2 you need to use different lines, but it definitely helps to know the layout already. We had quite a good weekend in Aragon in terms of progression and we know now what we need to improve, so this is what I will be focusing on from the start of the weekend. I hope to use my previous experience at the track to allow me to focus more on adapting my riding to Moto2 and in turn get up to speed quicker. ”

Marquez and Mir head to the Far East ready for battle in Buriram

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Alex Marquez and Joan Mir commence the most intensive phase of the Moto2 World Championship this weekend, with an historic first visit to the Buriram track in Thailand kicking off a sequence of four overseas races in the space of five weeks.

Alex Marquez and Joan Mir embark on an exciting new adventure this weekend when the Spanish pair tackle the purpose-built 4.5km Buriram track in Thailand for the first time.

Their journey into the unknown will start in FP1 on Friday morning when the key goal will be to acclimatise themselves and their Kalex chassis to the track, which features long three straights, seven right and five left turns as part of a flat but challenging layout. Built at a cost of nearly 60m Euros, one of the most striking features of the Buriram venue is its vast main grandstand that seats an incredible 50,000 fans on top of the pits complex.

Alex Marquez can’t wait to showcase his skills in front of the Thai fans for the first time and he arrives in Buriram with confidence booming after a strong fight for victory in MotorLand Aragon kept him firmly in contention for third place in the overall World Championship rankings.

The Spaniard was less than 2.5s off the win in MotorLand Aragon and he is now hoping an excellent fourth place will provide the springboard for him to secure his first podium since the iconic Dutch TT in Assen in Buriram.

Joan Mir produced another first-rate performance in MotorLand Aragon when he fought his way to the seventh top six finish in his eye-catching maiden season in Moto2.

With none of his rivals having any previous experience of the Buriram track, which is situated 400kms northwest of Thailand’s bustling capital Bangkok, fast learner Mir is hoping the level playing field will help him contest for a fourth podium of the 2018 campaign in Sunday’s 24-lap encounter.

Marquez and Mir will get their first taste of the Thailand track in FP1 on Friday morning at 10:55am local time. The Moto2 race is due to commence at 12:20pm on Sunday afternoon.

Alex Marquez: 5th in the overall standings on 126 points

“Buriram is a new track for everybody"

“Buriram is a new track for everybody and I’m excited to race in Thailand for the first time. I’ve spoken to some guys from MotoGP and they told me the track is not so complicated but some turns in the middle part you need to be very precise. The key on a new track is to understand it as quickly as possible and work well on the bike with the team to find a good set-up. Aragon was a very positive race for me even if I didn’t quite achieve my target of finishing on the podium, but hopefully the momentum gained can help me be competitive again in Buriram.”

Joan Mir: 6th in the overall standings on 124 points

"I’m looking forward to getting a quick feeling of the track"

“After the race at MotorLand we had the chance to make a test the following day. It was very windy, but at least we could try some different set-up solutions that will help in the next few races. Buriram is a new track, so it will be a good occasion for everyone. I’m looking forward to getting a quick feeling of the track and to be among the fastest riders in practice to be ready on Sunday for the race.”

Jeremy Alcoba replaces Aron Canet for Thai GP

Shoulder injury means Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider will stand in for Canet in this weekend's race. Rookie Alonso Lopez takes on his first Asian round.

The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 team head into the final stage of the 2018 season this weekend, kicking off with the Thai Grand Prix. The event is the first of the four flyaway rounds, which also include Japan, Australia and Malaysia, before the season finale in Valencia in mid-November. The Buriram track will host a MotoGP World Championship round for the first time, providing a new challenge for the Moto3 riders.

Aron Canet underwent a medical check-up after the Aragon GP, revealing a double fracture of his left scapula. The shoulder injury reduces strength, modility and stability and, coupled with the diagnosis of a partial dislocation of the joint, means that he has been withdrawn from the Thai GP in order to aid a swift recovery.

Rookie Alonso Lopez will thus be the most experienced rider in the Estrella Galicia 0,0 garage. Lopez has had strong performances in his first season, but now needs to recover the form that led him to finish fourth (third before a penalty) at Jerez earlier this year. He will have a level playing field for this weekend's race, as the track is new to the calendar. Lopez is 20th in the provisional standings with 31 points.

Jeremy Alcoba participated in the most recent round of the series in Aragon as a wildcard rider, placing 23rd, and replaces Canet in Thailand. The Moto3 Junior World Championship rider in the FIM CEV Repsol is currently fifth in that series, and participates in Grand Prix action for the third time this season.

The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders will have their first session on Friday at 9am local time, with the Thai GP scheduled for Sunday at 11am.


One and a half weeks have passed after the half-disappointment of Aragón and now Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 is ready for the new journey to Buriram, Thailand, the venue hosting the 15thround of the 2018 MotoGP World Championship.

On a completely new track for the middleweight class, Jorge Navarro will try to find back the same feeling with his Kalex machine number nine he had in the last outings, while hoping to turn the potential into strong race results.

Moto2 proceedings will begin on Friday at 10:55 local time (GMT +7) with FP1, while the second session is scheduled at 15:05.


“I don’t really know what to expect from this circuit: obviously I’ve watched WorldSBK and some other videos, but until we take to the track we’ll never know. It looks like a typical stop & go track, so a good set-up under braking will be important – and I think we already have a good base for that.”


The new race of the year has arrived: Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3 is heading to Thailand and more precisely to the Buriram International Circuit, where MotoGP has never raced before. Despite no braking marks and no telemetry, Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio will still aim at the top of the podium.

The Spanish rider aims at keeping the momentum going after five races on the podium – three wins, one second and on third – to try and extend his lead over his main rival for the title, Bezzecchi, currently 13 points shy of the leader. Fabio Di Giannantonio, on the other hand, will try to make amends for the missed podium at Aragón while trying also to narrow the gap to the top of the standings, which at the moment is 41 points away.

Moto3 riders will begin getting to grips with the 4.6km (2.8mile) strip of asphalt consisting of 12 corners – five left-handers and seven right-handers – at 9:00 local time (GMT +7), with the second session to begin at 13:10.


“It’s a new track for everyone, but I’m sure that from FP2 we’ll be all up to speed already. With so many straights it will be interesting to see how the KTMs will perform, especially the one of Bezzecchi. Thirteen points are not many, but we want to keep the momentum going and try to extend our championship lead.”


“We want to make amends after Aragón: we need to score some important points, so the goals are podium and win. We’ll need to learn the track as it’s new for everybody, so it will be crucial to be as competitive as we can in the shortest time possible: the one who will find the best set-up will win.”

Reale Avintia Academy 77 heads Buriram for the Thai GP

Reale Avintia Academy 77 Moto3 – GP of Thailand – Chang International

Reale Avintia Academy 77 team is ready to race in Thailand’s first ever Grand Prix in Buriram this weekend. The Chang International Circuit will debut in the Moto3 World Championship calendar this season for the very first time and, Vicente Pérez, hopes to take advantage of the fact that the circuit will be new for all the grid and everyboy will start from zero.

The Valencian rider and his team are looking forward to quickly find the best set-up for the KTM RC250R to qualify as high as possible on the grid and fight for a good result in Sunday’s race.

Action will start in Moto3 on Friday with FP1 at 9:00am local time (4: 00h Spanish time).

“I’m really looking forward to race in Thailand because, is a new circuit in the calendar, so we will start with the same weapons. Therefore I think it will be a good opportunity to perform well, get more experience and try to add some more points in the championship standings. We have done good in the last rounds and we have to continue like this in the next few races.”


The Leopard Racing team arrives for the first time ever in Thailand for the 15th round of the 2018 MotoGP World Championship. Lorenzo Dalla Porta is determined to climb the standings while team-mate Enea Bastianini could establish the new record of podiums overall for the Moto3 class.

Here we are! The 2018 MotoGP season enters its final rush and comes to Asia through a new stage, an absolute premier on the World Championship’s calendar: this weekend on the Chang International Circuit will take place the Thailand Grand Prix.

The modern structure is located in the city of Buri Ram, about 410 km north-east from the country’s capital Bangkok. Designed by the German architect Herman Tilke, the track was built in 2014 and since 2015 hosts the Thai round of the Superbike World Championship. With a length of 4.5 km, which runs in 12 turns, it include a total capacity for 100,000 people.

The Leopard Racing Team arrives in Thailand with their spirits high and a strong determination to close the gap in the standings, especially after the last two successful rounds for Lorenzo Dalla Porta’s triumph at Misano and Enea Bastianini’s podium at Aragon.

The Tuscan talent currently occupies the eighth position and takes ‘a closer look' of his closest rivals (Rodrigo & Kornfeil) to 6 points only; with the good result at the MotorLand, Bestia equaled the overall number (23) of podiums in the Moto3 class, belonging to Rins & Fenati: if he repeats the result, Enea would set the new record for the category created in 2012.


Everything is ready for the most demanding and fascinating 5 weeks of the calendar, the Asian races. This year, Thailand joined the traditional triple tour (Japan, Australia and Malaysia). At Chang International Circuit teams and riders of the Motogp World Championship, will face, for the first time, a race. The track is completely unknown for the Moto3 and Moto2 riders and Tony Arbolino and Xavi Cardelús are looking forward to face this new challenge. Tony is ready and after the Aragon weekend, where he got a good feedback without anyway achieving the goal in the race, now is looking for the result. Xavi is fresh from the CEV race, where in the last weekend, at Jerez de la Frontera, he closed eighth.

Tony Arbolino: "The Asian races are always charming with beautiful tracks and a nice atmosphere and I face these 5 weeks with lot of energy. The Buriram track is new for everyone, I studied it a little bit with the play station and it seems not too difficult even if here the slipstreams are very important. We'll see tomorrow the impressions after the first free practices"!

Xavi Cardelús: "I am looking forward to start the Asian races and the fact that Chang International Circuit is for the first time on the Motogp World Championship calendar could be an advantage for me. I think we can do well. We'll continue to work on the configuration of the bike on the basis of my riding style and to gain precious experience. I hope I won't have the same muscle pains accused at Jerez, during the last CEV race weekend".

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