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MotoGP World Championship – Grand Prix of Thailand08.10.2018

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Morbidelli makes the most

For the third time in a row, Franco Morbidelli scored points, this time with the Grand Prix of Thailand. A regularity that allows him to consolidate his position at the top of the “Rookie of the Year” rankings.

The Races

Twelfth in Misano, eleventh in Aragon and fourteenth on the Buriram circuit: Franco Morbidelli has segued well in recent weeks. But in Thailand, things weren’t all that easy for the Honda rider. “I was hindered by a top speed that was not quite up to the mark, and I had to fight hard to keep up with the riders in front of me,” he said. “I couldn’t brake as late as I wanted to.” That didn’t prevent him from taking the checkered flag in fourteenth place. Tom Lüthi finished the race in twentieth place after leaving the track in the first lap. In Moto2, the two riders of the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS were less successful. Joan Mir fell in the first lap trying to overtake a handful of opponents, and Alex Marquez crashed a little later when he was fourth in the race.

The Championship

By scoring two points in Thailand, Franco Morbidelli has climbed to fifteenth place in the MotoGP Championship while consolidating his status as the best rookie rider in the premier-class category. In Moto2, despite their two DNF, Alex Marquez and Joan Mir are respectively fifth and sixth overall. Two tiny points separate the two riders of Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS.

The Background

After Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Turkey and Qatar, Thailand is the seventh country on the Asian continent to host a round of the MotoGP World Championship. A just reward for this country of South East Asia where, on TV, MotoGP audiences are close to those of football. In Buriram the two sports are getting along well together, since the race track and the football team of Buriram United, defending title-holders of the first Thai division belong to the same president, Newin Chidchob. The Buriram race track and the football stadium were built in the same compound just four years ago. “Both are the pride of our city,” said Sasirada Sutthiluck, head of communications for the Buriram club. “Newin Chidchob was born in this city, and has pulled our province out of misery, which ten years ago was one of the three poorest in the country. Thanks to football and motorbike racing.”

08.10.2018