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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.

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