The next four rounds of the MotoGP World Championship will all take place outside of Europe. The first leg is Buriram, at the Chang International Circuit, in Thailand. Here are 5 things that you should know about the Thai GP.
-Chang International Circuit was included in the MotoGP calendar for the very first time in 2018. This means that this year, it is the second Thai GP.
-The longest straight on the circuit, which leads into Turn 3, measures 1,000 metres and is the fifth-longest in the entire calendar, after Austin, Mugello, Losail and Montmeló.
-The Chang International Circuit can be found 410 km north-east of Bangkok. The name of the town of Buriram means “city of happiness.”
-The hardest braking point on the circuit is just before Turn 3, where the bikes slow down from 330 to 75 km/h, in about 240 metres and braking for 5.5 seconds.
-The top speed record of 330.4 km/h at Buriram is held by the Desmosedici GP of Andrea Dovizioso.