The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team are ready to tackle the final of three consecutive race weekends. Sunday‘s Thailand Grand Prix has a special place in the hearts of the team members as it‘s Keminth Kubo‘s home race, and he is determined to make Manuel Gonzalez and the crew feel very welcome in his country.
Gonzalez opted not to take any unnecessary risks on the Sunday of the Japanese GP. He sat out the race, which allowed him to fully recuperate and get his arm into good shape for the upcoming GP in Buriram. The Thai circuit is a new track for the Moto2 rookie, and he can‘t wait to give it a go. He is currently 19th in the championship with 44 points and aims to make strides this weekend.
Kubo received a truly warm welcome from the Thai fans after journeying from Japan to Thailand, and it made him feel even more like he was arriving home. Following a special MotoGP Muay Thai pre-event, the local hero is all pumped up to also spar on the Chang circuit. He currently holds 28th place in the overall standings with a total of 4 points and would like nothing better than to add a few more in front of his home fans.
Designed by German architect Hermann Tilke, the Chang International Circuit opened in 2014. Only one year later, the FIM Superbike World Championship started racing at the venue, and in 2018 MotoGP made its debut there. The circuit is located about 410km northeast of the country‘s capital of Bangkok, close to the town of Buriram. Buriram translates to ’City of Happiness‘, and it delivered. The Thai GP became a big hit with the teams and riders. Many were excited by the Chang track‘s 4.554km layout, including a 1km longest straight, and five left and seven right turns.