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    MotoGP set to welcome Thailand to the calendar in 2018

    MotoGP set to welcome Thailand to the calendar in 2018
    Lewis Duncan

    Two weeks after an article in the Bangkok Post confirmed the Thai Government had set aside the equivalent of $8.7million to bring MotoGP to the country, reports from German media suggest a two-year deal with Dorna Sports has been finalised.

    The Chang International Circuit has staged a round of the World Superbike Championship since 2015, and is typically the series’ highest attended event, thanks to a massive growth in popularity in two wheels in the region.

    MotoGP owners Dorna has been keen to increase its presence in South East Asia for that exact reason, and it seems from 2018 the world’s premier motorcycle racing series will stop off in Thailand.

    It is thought the Thai round will take place towards the back-end of the season, likely being paired with the Malaysian race at the Sepang International Circuit.

    This will come as a relief to all paddock personnel, as it means an end to the gruelling triple-header flyaway portion of the season.

    Thailand’s inclusion on the schedule will bring the total number of races up to 19, which will make 2018 the longest season in the MotoGP’s history.

    More circuits are vying for a place on the calendar from next year, with Kazakhstan, Indonesia and Hungary potential future destinations.

    Currently all but Jerez, Termas de Rio Hondo and the Red Bull Ring have contracts that extend past 2018, and those three are all still hugely popular among fans.

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    However, with Finland and the in-construction KymiRing under contract from 2018 – though it now seems likely it won’t join the calendar until 2019 – and Dorna keen to keep to a maximum of 20 races per season, there simply isn’t room to accommodate.

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    Shouldn't be allowed - Military Dictatorship

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    MotoGP heads to Thailand for first test
    Ross Mowbray

    MotoGP testing heads for Buriram, Thailand – the newest venue on the race calendar for 2018.

    New country, new culture, new challenge… It’s time for Chang International Circuit in Buriram to debut in MotoGP, with a three-day test giving the grid their first taste of the track ahead of the first ever PTT Thailand Grand Prix in October.

    So where is Buriram? About five hours from Bangkok, in the north east of the country.

    The 4.6km track, built in 2014, has so far only challenged WorldSBK to its five right-and seven left-handers.

    That means it’s a total reset from Sepang – where Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) was fastest, putting in the quickest ever laptime around the track – and there’s a new whole new set of records to be established.

    Preparations for 2018 are now at full speed – so who will stake an early claim on Buriram?

    The test action kicks off on February 16th – to keep up to date with all MotoGP news, and check out a brilliant video teaser of the Thailand test, click HERE.

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    Lucky the track isn't in the capital

    Imagine the traffic jams if it was in Bkk.

    If there's a crash emergency services wouldn't get through

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    Thailand Lifer
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    ^Last time I was at the track there was a helicopter there.

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    apparently the captcha shit won't let me post the article ................

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    Jorge Lorenzo pulled out of the inaugural Thailand Grand Prix on Saturday after a dramatic crash the day before that sent him tumbling off the track.

    The Ducati driver said his left wrist is "hurting a lot" and that he did not want to take more risks.

    "Now is time for recovery," the 31-year-old Spaniard told reporters, adding that he wasn't certain he could compete in the next race in Japan.

    "I'm very worried because Japan is one of my favourite tracks."

    The three-time MotoGP world title holder is fourth in the standings with 130 points but the withdrawal will leave him playing catch up as the season winds down.

    The chances of Lorenzo competing in Thailand were slim even as he arrived at the first-ever MotoGP in Thailand's Buriram, a town of 30,000 in the northeast.

    He was limping from a foot injury sustained in Aragon last month. Then the crash during Friday's practice sent him flying off the bike, which broke into pieces, halting the session.

    It was blamed on a mechanical problem.

    The rider was declared fit to race afterwards but said he was still in pain and on Saturday he was wearing a wrist brace.

    He said he was not happy about missing the inaugural event in the Southeast Asian country.

    "Of course this is the first Thailand GP, but I would be as sad as another Grand Prix," he said.

    "I did whatever it takes to arrive here and to try it but now I have no meaning to go (on)."

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    Good win for Marquez

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