No one knew what to anticipate on the inaugural MotoGP race in Buriram, including much more pressure and pleasure to the environment on the beginning grid, and the PTT Thailand Grand Prix definitely didn’t disappoint. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi have been preventing on the entrance of the sector for your complete size of the 26-lap race. Finally, it was Viñales who secured a spot on the rostrum, taking third, simply forward of Rossi who completed fourth.
Viñales began from fourth on the grid however misplaced two positions within the busy opening laps as all riders have been vying for a spot on the entrance of the rider subject. Having settled in sixth place, the quantity 25 rider quickly began to battle again. He reclaimed fifth place on lap three, overtaking Johann Zarco, and picked up his tempo to tag onto the main group. The 5 entrance riders, together with the Spaniard, quickly broke away, however the menace from behind wasn’t over simply but. On lap 11 the primary three riders began to battle. This allowed the intelligent teenager to get into the combination, however it additionally meant that the pursuing area inched nearer.
The strain was on the Yamaha rider, however he wasn’t buckling. As the primary three riders tried to break free as soon as extra, the teenager shortly overtook Cal Crutchlow, and with seven laps remaining, he joined his teammate. A lap later he overtook the Physician, giving himself a transparent view of the main duo. With three laps to go the battle for the win actually kicked off. Viñales was mendacity in wait instantly behind Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez. Although he got here simply in need of placing in a transfer, he was mighty shut as he completed in third place, simply zero.270s from first and zero.155s from second.
Rossi had a flying begin from P2 on the grid and held the place firmly by means of the primary nook. He was on the assault proper from the get-go, placing Marquez beneath strain, particularly in sector four earlier than they crossed the road for the very first time. The Spaniard was determined to shake off the Physician, however was unsuccessful. The Italian stored operating the tempo and took over the lead with an excellent transfer on lap 5, making the grand stands erupt.
The nine-time World Champion held the primary spot till lap 11, when Dovizioso and Marquez pushed him again to third. With seven laps remaining, he was joined by his teammate. Although he had to let Viñales move one lap later, he stored shadowing the frontrunners’ each transfer and closed proper again in on the ultimate lap. Nevertheless, an unsuccessful lunge within the ultimate nook meant he remained in fourth place, as he took the chequered flag 1.564s from first.
Immediately’s outcomes see Rossi maintain third place within the championship standings with a 99-point margin to first and a 22-point hole to second. Viñales climbed up to fourth place with a 26-point hole to his teammate. Yamaha holds third place within the Constructor Championship after the race in Thailand, with an 88-point margin to first, whereas the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Workforce are additionally in third place within the group standings with a 40-point hole to first and a 6-point margin to second.
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Group might be again in motion on the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in two weeks’ time for the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, held from October 19th – 21st.
Place: third – Championship: 4th – Factors: 146
“I was stronger than I expected in the race. I got stuck behind Cal and fought a little with Valentino, and after that I felt really good. The bike was working well, so I’m very pleased about that. For sure I’m happy to finish so close to the top, to be on the podium, and to be able to recover nearly one second at the end, all under difficult conditions in which we used to suffer. I’m honestly very pleased, because the work we’ve done this weekend was done in a good way. It was hot and slippery, but we were still there, so we have to take this race in Thailand as an example and work even harder for the next race. I had a lot of confidence in the front, especially on braking. Let’s see if we can manage this again for the next races. If we can do it again in Japan, it will mean we have improved. It’s important to stay consistent, precise, and focused.”
Place: 4th – Championship: third – Factors: 172
“During this weekend we improved a lot. Unfortunately, I wasn’t strong enough for the podium, but it was still a much better race than we had at the last three or four rounds. I always stayed at the front, in all the sessions, I started from the front row – we were competitive, and it was a good weekend, but it’s still not enough. Our main rivals were a bit faster and we need to understand if this track helped us or if, in reality, we made a step.”
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – Group Director
“It was great to see both Maverick and Vale fight at the front in today’s race. It has been a positive GP weekend for both, especially considering the challenges we faced previously at this circuit and also in the previous round. The team pulled through and has done a great job. Maverick took a good third place, with Valentino not far behind in fourth. It’s a shame our strong pace couldn’t be rewarded by having our two riders on the podium after such a strong weekend by both of them, but we can be satisfied about the step we made. This is a good confidence boost before the usual overseas triple-header without a break in between the rounds, which starts in two weeks. The first one up is the race in Japan, which of course is another important round for Yamaha as it’s our home GP. It will be crucial to keep the momentum we gained this weekend going during this busy period.”
Unbelievable Fifth by Zarco in Buriram – Syahrin Fights Again with Prime Rookie End result
With an unimaginable robust efficiency Monster Yamaha Tech3 star Johann Zarco fought again to the highest 5 in right now’s scorching first ever Thailand Grand Prix. Ranging from the third row of the grid, the quick Frenchman was shortly contained in the struggle for the highest. Though he acquired handed later through the race, he fought again very robust to catch the fifth place on the ultimate lap and ultimately end as one of the best unbiased rider.
Likewise Hafizh Syahrin confirmed a tremendous efficiency on the scorching Chang Worldwide Circuit. Launching his 15th MotoGP race from P18, he discovered a powerful rhythm after the primary laps and handed one opponent after one other. The Malaysian newcomer to the premier class stored his quick lap occasions till the end line to earn the laurels for the most effective rookie, plus 4 essential factors within the championship.
Place: fifth – Championship: eighth – Factors: 123
“It’s a track I like. The test has already been good in February. During the race weekend I was struggling, as I found it difficult to have a good pace, but in the race finally I was not that bad as I was thinking. I could enjoy it and was able to stick with the front, but still there was a gap in acceleration, so you need to compensate this, but when you try to catch them on the brake, you easily do a mistake and it was pretty difficult. I had to fight with Viñales in the beginning, but did a mistake and then I had to fight to catch back up. The pace was good. Then I saw Rins, I could push even more and overtook Crutchlow, plus Pedrosa crashed, so it was a tough race. It was difficult for me, but I think it was also difficult for them and at the end, I was fighting with Rins, who was in front of me. I was feeling good enough to catch him, but I knew that I had to stay focussed to don’t do any mistake. Finally, he went a little bit wide and I could go inside in corner nine to safe the fifth position. I’m pretty happy, because I’m not far from the winner and first independent is very good for the championship overall.”
Place: 12th – Championship: 18th – Factors: 28
“I’m really happy to be back in the points. In the beginning of the weekend, FP1 until Qualifying, I was always in P18, so I felt a bit disappointed to myself, but I never gave up. I was really working hard with the team and they believed in me, which is what I needed. In the beginning of the race, my bike was overheating. The oil temperature was too hot and I didn’t feel the power of the bike. I tried to understand and try to think what I can do, so I decided not to use any slipstream because the bike was so hot. So, I first passed Nakagami and thought I can catch up with Morbidelli, I passed him and then I tried to keep the rhythm. I was really consistent. But still, I need to work hard in the next rounds and try to get closer to Morbidelli again. Now we made two points on him, but it’s still five to go, so we have to try to be in front of him for the rest of the season. Now we start to believe in our capacity, the bike worked well, I chose the right tyre and overall, we were working very well. I’m truly happy.”
Monster Yamaha Tech3 – Workforce Supervisor
“What a race here in Buriram for the Thai Grand Prix! After what we saw in Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP, I really wouldn’t understand if the Thai crowd doesn’t love this sport. I think it was an incredible day, an incredible and mad crowd, which is an unbelievable feeling. For Monster Yamaha Tech3, we didn’t really know what to expect here. There was a lot of concern about the track conditions, the heat on the track and the tyre was a bit of a worry for everyone. Johann bravely decided to take a medium front, which was the softer option compared to most of his opponents and at the end of the race that paid off. The lap time never dropped. He had a great start, was right in front with the group, unfortunately he had a little bit of a moment touching Maverick (Viñales) in turn one, where he lost a full second on the leading group and then slowly by slowly, him, Dani (Pedrosa) and Alex (Rins) caught back on the front, but Johann was behind. Then Dani made a mistake and you could see that he was clearly closing. Cal (Crutchlow) was slowing down and finally we didn’t know if we could have the possibility to pass Alex in the last sector of the last lap, but he made it. A top 5 is an unbelievable result, very close to the leaders and Yamaha was in three, four and five, so we were right behind the factory guys, plus the best independent rider, which is quite a lot time it didn’t happen and the independent championship between Johann, Cal and Danilo (Petrucci) is very close. It’s really exciting and I’m very happy for Johann and the whole team as well, because recently we went through some tough times and we know that a positive result brings a lot of positive spirit and a lot of the result is in the rider’s mind. So, Johann is leaving Thailand for a week off before Japan with a positive frame of mind, which is very important. On the other side of the garage, Hafizh had a bad start, but showed an unbelievable recovery. He was lapping really fast, I was impressed. He decided to go hard – hard like the big boys and made it work. He passed all of his main opponents and just to die on the rear wheel of Andrea Iannone. His race was honestly one of the best the whole year. It was a bit of struggle in Misano and Aragon and we didn’t know what to expect, but he showed us that we shouldn’t worry about the future. He’s learning a lot, his physical condition was great and without a small technical issue on his equipment I think there was a small possibility to end up ahead of Iannone. At the end of the day we are happy, our two guys made a great race and also very big congratulations to Hafizh and the entire Monster Yamaha Tech3 crew. Now we have one week before Japan, but if the show is the same there, it’s going to be another exciting week. Meanwhile, we are packing as happy guys.”
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