Another nerve-jangling showdown between Andrea Dovisioso and Marc Marquez was clinched at Chang International’s notorious last corner on the last lap. The deciding move is one that will have everyone who has ever turned a wheel with intent at the Buriram circuit playing and replaying to figure out how the 25-year-old two-wheeled wizard actually pulled it off to take his seventh win of the season.
AP Honda Racing’s Somkiat Chantra stepped up to a mighty challenge in the PTT Thailand Grand Prix and showed his class in an epic Moto3 battle today, coming through from a lowly position on the starting grid to finish ninth and in touch with the group battling for the podium. Although crowd numbers and other metrics from this weekend have yet to be released, this has undoubtedly been the biggest ever sporting event held in Thailand, which is something to be kept in mind when assessing the achievements of the four home competitors.
With three of the four Thai riders in this weekend’s 15th round of the MotoGP World Championship appearing as wildcards, there was a lot of pride at stake on day two as the process of determining grid positions got underway this afternoon.
The big news at the start of Saturday was that Jorge Lorenzo withdrew from Round 15, following the vicious beating dished out by his malfunctioning Ducati in Free Practice on Friday. As the show went on, world championship leader, Marc Marquez gave himself extra work after a crash at Chang International’s fast Turn 4 in FP3 put him into Qualifying 1.
Ducati’s Andrea Dovisioso narrowly came out on top in Friday’s MotoGP free practice, as less than one tenth of a second split the fastest four in a dramatic opening day at Chang International Circuit and less than a second separated the first 17 riders.