Here’s What Top MotoGP Riders Had To Say About The New Circuit On The Calendar

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Designed by German architect Herman Tilke, the Buriram International Circuit opened in 2014 and will see MotoGP making its debut this season. The 4.554km layout incorporates 12 turns. MotoGP riders took to the track for the first time at the Chang International Circuit for three days of testing in preparation for the inaugural Thailand Grand Prix, which is scheduled for the October 7, 2018.

So after day one of testing, what did the top riders from Ducati, Yamaha and Honda had to say about the circuit? We compile their official responses about the circuit.

Marc Marquez (#93), Repsol Honda

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“I’m very happy with how we started the test here in Buriram. I felt quite good from the beginning, so at first we just tried to get to know the track well. Then when we got the rhythm, we started trying some different things on the bike. We focused a little bit more on the electronic side. As the day progressed, many riders were at the front, so we need to wait until the final day before we’ll be able to really understand what the rhythm of each rider is. I think everyone will improve a lot tomorrow. Regarding the track layout, it seemed quite fast to me when I lapped it on a scooter yesterday, but today riding my bike, I realized it was slower that I was expecting, with many second- or third-gear corners. Still, there are some hard acceleration and braking points, and it will probably be challenging to manage tyre life, so we’ll work on that as well. So far we’re very happy with how it went today.”


Dani Pedrosa (#26), Repsol Honda

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“I think today went well, even considering that the first time at a new track is always demanding because you need to learn a lot. The circuit is quite narrow, so it’s important to use the right lines and carry speed. We’re working to find the best balance in order to be quick in both the fast sectors and the more twisty ones. We lost the direction a bit in the middle of the day, and I also had a small crash when I touched the bumps in the final corner, but that can happen when you’re still trying to understand a new track. As the day went on we got back in the right path, and in the end we did a good job. So the feeling is positive, and now we’ll analyse everything and prepare for tomorrow, when we’ll work with the tyres and continue working to find the best setting.”

Valentino Rossi (#46), Movistar Yamaha

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“The last three or four years, I think I always rode the M1 on my birthday. From one point of view it’s a bit difficult, because you have to work, but from another point of view this is the best way to spend my birthday, riding the M1. It’s hard work, as always, especially as at this track we’re very close. The first impression is not so bad, especially with the track I expected maybe worse, but it’s quite good. We have to work a lot, especially on acceleration.”

Maverick Viñales (#25), Movistar Yamaha

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“We’ve been trying a lot of things with the bike all day long, like we did in Malaysia. We haven’t found the right way yet, but anyway we have still time to work hard and find the best direction to work in. I like the track a lot, it fits my riding style quite well with these flowing corners. Like I said, we have to continue working, so I couldn’t push, but I think that on the first day we have to be relaxed, try to work and find out some things to try for tomorrow.”

 

Andrea Dovizioso (#04), Ducati Team

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“The Buriram track is very unusual and it wasn’t easy to get used to its layout. There are three corners which are virtually hairpins and then the rest is quite a pretty straightforward run. It’s quite a slow track for our bike, but it’s always interesting to try new circuits. I’m happy with the feeling with the bike, we went well right from the start and then we focussed on doing different tests, especially with the new fairings, but tomorrow we should be able to get some more detailed feedback about these new components.”

Jorge Lorenzo (#99), Ducati Team

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“Today I had a bit of difficulty on this track and I wasn’t really able to be very quick. In the next two days we will have to find a way to improve the feeling with the bike, so that I can push really hard. At the end of the day we tried a new aerodynamic package, but it’s too early to draw conclusions, especially because we are still quite far off the potential that we can express on this circuit.”

Results from Day 1

Pos.RiderNumNationTeamTime/Gap
1CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBRLCR Honda1’30.797
2RINS Alex42SPATeam Suzuki Ecstar0.012
3MARQUEZ Marc93SPARepsol Honda Team0.115
4DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITADucati Team0.148
5PEDROSA Dani26SPARepsol Honda Team0.163
6PETRUCCI Danilo9ITAAlma Pramac Racing0.206
7MILLER Jack43AUSAlma Pramac Racing0.247
8ROSSI Valentino46ITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP0.392
9IANNONE Andrea29ITATeam Suzuki Ecstar0.438
10LORENZO Jorge99SPADucati Team0.449
11VINALES Maverick25SPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP0.497
12ZARCO Johann5FRAMonster Yamaha Tech 30.508
13RABAT Tito53SPAReale Avintia Racing0.726
14BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPAAngel Nieto Team0.728
15ESPARGARO Aleix41SPAAprilia Racing Team Gresini0.865
16REDDING Scott45GBRAprilia Racing Team Gresini0.888
17NAKAGAMI Takaaki30JPNLCR Honda0.895
18ABRAHAM Karel17CZEAngel Nieto Team0.901
19MORBIDELLI Franco21ITAEG 0,0 Marc VDS0.932
20SMITH Bradley38GBRRed Bull KTM Factory Racing0.944
21LUTHI Tom12SWIEG 0,0 Marc VDS1.919
22SIMEON Xavier10BELReale Avintia Racing1.923
23KALLIO Mika36FINKTM Test Team1.952
24SYAHRIN Hafizh55MALMonster Yamaha Tech 32.368