- Thai energy giant to take top billing at the first ever MotoGP™ race weekend in Buriram
Dorna Sports is delighted to announce that Thai company PTT will title sponsor the Thailand GP in 2018, naming the exciting inaugural race weekend – set for the 5th to 7th October 2018 – the PTT Thailand Grand Prix.
PTT is a state-owned energy giant present throughout Thailand and one of the biggest companies within the Kingdom – making its partnership with MotoGP™ as title sponsor even more valuable as the world’s fastest motorcycle racing Championship prepares to go racing in the nation for the first time. PTT’s presence as title sponsor is an important display of investment ahead of the first Thailand GP, underpinning the wide-ranging benefits of hosting MotoGP™ once more.
Auttapol Rerkpiboon, Chief Operating Officer – Downstream Petroleum Business Group, PTT Plc., says, “PTT supports the government to host MotoGP in order to show the world that we have one of the best motorsport circuits in the world, and that we are able to host a world-class motorsport event as efficiently as other nations. PTT and Thais are exceptionally proud to host the Grand Prix and welcome motorsport enthusiasts from all over the world, which will help boost the country’s revenue. This is what the government is trying to achieve. We believe that MotoGP in Thailand will be among the best races in the world and impress the organizers, as well as riders and their teams and supporters who will visit Thailand from all over the world. We also believe that a large number of motorsport fans will also take this chance to enjoy their holiday in the country, and this is one of the government’s key objectives in hosting MotoGP.”
Pau Serracanta, Managing Director – Dorna Sports, commented: ”We are thrilled to begin racing in Buriram in collaboration with PTT. This agreement marks an important and valuable investment in the Thailand GP for everyone concerned and will surely prove a key contributory factor to the success of the the newest event on the calendar – from its debut onward.”
MotoGP™ will first visit Buriram for a preseason test in February, before engines fire up for the first racing laps of the track in October.