It’s Thai time for the Honda WorldSBK Team
MEDIA RELEASE: The Honda WorldSBK Team is ready to tackle the second round of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship, taking place this weekend at the Chang International Circuit near Buriram in Thailand.
After a solid start to the new season, Michael van der Mark and Nicky Hayden are looking forward to doing their very best again aboard their Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machines.
Twice on the podium at Phillip Island, van der Mark is now aiming to keep the momentum going and to maintain his second position in the standings.
Last year, the 23-year-old from Rotterdam finished the second Thai race in seventh place, after being forced into early retirement in the first encounter due to a small technical problem.
The Chang Interational Circuit is one of the five tracks on the WorldSBK calendar Nicky Hayden has yet to ride on.
The 34-year-old American is eager to get back to action following an encouraging debut in Australia, which was partially hampered by grip issues.
Unlike the opening event of the season, which was preceded by a two-day official test, in Thailand Nicky will have multiple challenges to face.
He will need to quickly learn his way around the track on Friday while trying to find a good set-up for his Fireblade and make sure he stays in the top 10, in order to qualify directly for Superpole 2.
Four hours and twenty minutes by car from Thailand’s capital city Bangkok, Chang International circuit opened on October 2014.
Last year’s edition of the Thai WorldSBK round marked the first World Championship event to take place at this venue.
The track consists of five left turns and seven right-handers, all visible by the spectators watching the race from the imposing 50-thousand-seat main grandstand, built over the pit garages.