The fact that the heat would set riders and teams an additional challenge in Thailand was to be expected, and so it was as the Superbikes took to the Buriram track for the second round of the world championship.

An air temperature of 36°C and a track temperature of 56°C characterised day one of action, which saw Leon Camier and Ryuichi Kiyonari place 9th and 16th place respectively in the combined standings after the day’s two practice sessions.

Effective set-up work allowed Leon to lower his time by around one second in the afternoon’s session and duck under the 1’34” barrier by the end of day one.

Ryuichi was also able to improve on his times throughout the day, despite not being able to retain the morning’s 14th place finish.

The final free practice will kick off at 11am local time tomorrow, before the Superpole and the 20-lap first race, which will get underway at 4pm local time.

Leon Camier 2

9th 1'33.947

“I feel we had a good second session after having spent some time sorting out a few little things with the bike setup this morning. In the afternoon I feel we made some progress, I was feeling much better on my bike and was able to put some good laps together at the end of the session. There a few key areas where we are still losing but we know what these areas are and will keep working to try and improve them. All in all, I think we are not doing a bad job at the moment, but it will be a big fight for sure. Weather conditions are incredible, it’s so hot! The end of the race will be tough for everyone!”

Ryuichi Kiyonari 23

16th 1'34.783

“Today was up and down, with some positives and some frustrating points. This morning I felt good on my bike and was able to find a decent rhythm right from the start of the session. I was looking forward to making a step forward in the afternoon and we did make some improvement, but not as much as we had aimed to. Tomorrow we’ll make some changes to the setup and will try and get closer both in terms of speed and race pace. Temperatures are really challenging but we are coping well enough and this is also positive”.

WorldSBK 2019
Free Practice Round 2   Thailand

Free Practice Combined Classification

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA ARUBA.IT Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'32.971
2 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'33.269 / 0.298
3 Cortese Sandro 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'33.465 / 0.494
4 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'33.550 / 0.579
5 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'33.562 / 0.591
6 Melandri Marco 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 1'33.624 / 0.653
7 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'33.797 / 0.826
8 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Team Goeleven Ducati 1'33.899 / 0.928
9 Camier Leon 2 GBR Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 1'33.947 / 0.976
10 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'34.022 / 1.051
11 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA.IT Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'34.093 / 1.122
12 Reiterberger Markus 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'34.327 / 1.356
13 Torres Jordi 81 SPA Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1'34.520 / 1.549
14 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 1'34.550 / 1.579
15 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 1'34.666 / 1.695
16 Kiyonari Ryuichi 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 1'34.783 / 1.812
17 Warokorn Thitipong 99 THA Kawasaki Thailand Racing Team Kawasaki 1'34.945 / 1.974
18 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'34.971 / 2.000
19 Delbianco Alessandro 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda 1'35.727 / 2.756
Location Information

In March 2015 Thailand became the latest Asian country to play host to WorldSBK™ at the new state-of-the-art Chang International Circuit. The venue was opened in 2014 earning FIM Grade A and FIA Grade 1 classifications, with the owners striving to attract the biggest names in two and four-wheel motorsports.… read more.

Pole Position Left
Length 4.554Km
Corners 12
Right Corners 7
Left Corners 5

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Pole Record 1'31.912 (178,37 Km/h) A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2019)
Race Record 1'32.724 (176,81 Km/h) A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2019)
All Time Record 1'31.912 (178,37 Km/h) A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2019)
2019 Race 1 Winner Alvaro Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2019 Superpole Race Winner Alvaro Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R)
2019 Race 2 Winner Alvaro Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R)