Viñales came tantalisingly close to a top 3 result in Aragon almost a fortnight ago but ultimately finished in fourth place. Though he noticed great improvement in the first part of the race, the experience of missing out on the podium celebrations increased his motivation to stand on the Buriram rostrum again, like he did twelve months ago.
Last year the Spaniard found the Chang International Circuit to be a great fit to his riding style, which he underlined by taking third in the inaugural Thai GP. This year, he will be pushing 100 per cent again as he also has his eyes on third place in the 2019 championship standings. The number-12 rider currently holds fifth and has to bridge a 9-point gap to defend his third place in the 2018 overall classifications.
Rossi is also keen to head back to the Buriram track, which is a circuit he really likes. He has fond memories of last year‘s racing activities. He not only felt competitive the entire weekend, but he was also inspired by the passion of the local motorsports fans.
The Italian is looking forward to putting on a great show again this year and is keen to step onto the podium this time round, having taken fourth place in the previous Thai GP. The Doctor is currently sixth in the overall MotoGP rider rankings and, like his team-mate, will spare no effort to decrease the 19-point margin to challenge for third place in the standings.
Designed by German architect Hermann Tilke, the Chang International Circuit opened in 2014. Only one year later the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship started racing at the venue, and in 2018 MotoGP made its debut there. The circuit is located about 410km northeast from the country‘s capital of Bangkok, 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 4.554km layout, including a 1km longest straight, and five left and seven right turns, as well as its great facilities and the capacity to let 100,000 passionate fans enjoy the spectacle from the grandstands.
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