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"We never raced in Buriram so it will be a nice challenge"

“The first thing we have to do is prepare the bikes for the long trip over to Thailand. The main difference is that we move the bikes by plane, instead of by truck, for the fly-aways like Buriram. So to avoid any problems during the transportation we drain all the liquids from the bikes and then we spray the bikes to protect them from environmental damage that could occur inside the crates. It means a bit more work for us because everything needs to go in these crates; the bikes and the spare parts and everything. Whereas usually we just pack everything inside the truck.” 

The team arrive in Buriram in good spirits after Andrea and Alex took 3rd and 4th places in Aragon, but the circuit layout and climatic conditions will offer a completely different feel, and will require a different approach, with several factors remaining unknown…

“The layout is nothing like Aragon, for example.explains Marco. “We have a lot of stop & go corners in Buriram, so we’ll need to adjust the setup of the bike to suit this type of cornering. We also have two long straights, and during the test here the aero-fairing made a big difference - it’s very important for the anti-wheelie and better performance down the straights - so we’ll need to find the best configuration to help us leading onto those straights.

At Chang International Circuit we have a lot of stop & go corners

Along with a constant threat of rain, humidity and very high temperatures bring another element to the table when trying to create the perfect setup. Naturally, this tropical weather also makes things tougher for the riders. ‘Riga’ tells us… 

“We have never raced here, and never ridden here at this time of year. We have tested just once but it was in February, so the track conditions will be different in terms of temperature and humidity. For sure for the riders it is very difficult to ride and race in these conditions, it is draining for them. But we’re not really sure how the temperatures and heat will effect setup and tyres because coming here in October is new for all of us…but I don’t think we’ll struggle too much.”

We have tested in february so the track conditions will be different in terms of temperature and humidity

This February test proved to be a good one for Alex Rins. And with its varied layout, Rigamonti hopes that the GSX-RRs strengths can balance out some of the trickier areas of Chang International.

“There are two long straights which are both preceded by slow corners, so this isn’t very good for our bike because we like to carry corner speed, and flowing corners tend to suit us better. But sectors 2 and 3 have longer corners where we hope to take some advantage. It will be interesting to see what we can achieve here, and we’re looking forward to the challenge!

Join us on track from Friday 5th October as we discover Thailand for the first time.

 

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