The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team have travelled from the Australian GP to the Chang International Circuit for the Thailand Grand Prix. It is the last stop of the flyaway triple header. Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli are looking forward to enjoying the great atmosphere at this venue again.
After a tough GP weekend in Australia, Quartararo still holds 10th place in the championship standings. The MotoGP paddock has visited the Buriram circuit three times before, in 2018, 2019, and 2022. El Diablo was in the Moto2 class in 2018 when he scored fifth place there. In 2019 he had made the step up to MotoGP and secured second place on Thai soil. With his 2022 efforts spoiled by rain, the number-20 rider hopes to have a rematch this year.
Morbidelli is keen to head back to the Chang circuit, a track that he enjoys. The Italian was inspired by the passion of the Thai motorsports fans during his previous visits and feels fully motivated to get back to work in Buriram this weekend. He achieved his best result on the Yamaha there in 2019, securing sixth. The number-21 rider is currently 13th in the overall MotoGP rider standings and is eager to score points this weekend.
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 410 km northeast of the country‘s capital, Bangkok, and 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 4.5 km layout, including a 1 km longest straight, and five left and seven right turns.
For those who want to get to know the Chang International Circuit better, check out this week‘s MotoGP eSport video.
The Grand Prix of Thailand is held in the GMT +7 time zone. FP1 will take place on Friday from 10:45 - 11:30 local track time and Practice will be held from 15:00 - 16:00. On Saturday, FP2 will be held from 10:10 - 10:40, and the qualifying sessions from 10:50 - 11:30, followed by the Sprint that starts at 15:00. On Sunday, Warm Up is held from 10:40 - 10:50 and the Race starts at 15:00.