Riders lose their grip
The otherwise fabulously appointed circuit in Buriram, Thailand had three unpleasant surprises up its sleeve for the riders this year. Seriously bumpy areas of tarmac at three key corner apexes had been relayed just a month or so before the race. And the resulting lack of grip led to everybody avoiding the patch in turn three completely, even in the heat of desperate overtaking manoeuvres.
Nicky Hayden explained: “We had to go round it. We spoke about it with race direction and they said