New WSB team Pata Yamaha had a tough weekend despite a sixth place finish each for (Saturday) and (on Sunday). Some technical and lots of set-up issues – at a circuit very different from the Phillip Island opener – meant they had to work hard on track and left Lowes ‘pretty devastated’ after his race two DNF.
(MV Agusta Reparto Corse) placed 11th in each race in Thailand, disappointing results for a rider who was fastest of all in the first Friday session, using one engine he had left from the first weekend in Australia.
BSB Champion found his path to the top 10 blocked by brake issues at the hot Chang circuit, despite working through Brembo’s three options of disc diameters. He was 15th and then 16th. He also felt he needed more time to work on his basic mechanical chassis and suspension set-up.
was top BMW finisher so far with a fifth place on Saturday on his Althea BMW Racing S1000RR, even if it was nearly 19 seconds behind winner Rea. The double IDM Champion followed that up with a seventh, and improved his race time to just 14 seconds from victor Sykes in race two.
The Thai crowd turned out in force again with in the circuit across three days. came on Sunday, sheltering in the grandstand in heat.