Press releases from the teams and the series organizer after Sunday's World Superbike races from Chang in Thailand:
The first World Supersport race in Thailand was Film Wilairot's home round and it was clear, like with Kenan Sofuoglu in Turkey, that he was the man the packed grandstands really came to see race seventeen laps of the Chang International circuit.
Press releases from the series organizer and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand:
An uninterrupted 45 minute qualifying session took place on a 39°C track with an air temperature of 28°C, both very low for the weekend.
Jules Cluzel was quickest in the damp session, ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu and PJ Jacobsen.
World Superbike added a new circuit for 2015, the Chang Circuit in Buriram, Thailand. The track was designed by Herman Tilke for a wealthy Thai businessman, and former politician, Newin Chidchob who wants to bring Formula One to the country. The track is next to New I-Mobile Stadium, known as Thunder Castle, the stadium for the football team Buriram United, also owned by Chidchob. His aim is to make Buriram the destination in Thailand for sport, as it doesn't have the beaches or mountains that other tourism regions have.
The circuit is 4.554km long and has a 1km straight after the first turn, with a shorter straight to bring the riders back to the very physical infield, and then presents them with a series of turns that eventually bring them back to the start/finish straight. There are twelve turns, seven right, five left, and the track is very flat and wide, ideal for open-wheel cars and very safe for motorbikes, with very little elevation change and large run-offs.
Press releases from the organizers and some of the teams after the first day of practice at the Chang, Thailand round of World Superbikes:
Kyle Smith was quickest in the second session, with Kenan Sofuoglu ahead of the close trio of Jules Cluzel, Film Wilairot and PJ Jacobsen, all within half a second of Smith's time of 1'38.490. Wilairot's brother Rattapong, a wildcard for this round, was tenth quickest, not having recorded a time in the morning session.
PJ Jacobsen opens the weekend with the fastest time in an extended seventy-five minute session. Kyle Smith and Kenan Sofuoglu beat local rider Film Wilairot, swapping the top spot until Jacobsen closed the session with a 1'38.592.
The series organizer and teams issued the following press releases ahead of this weekend's inaugural World Superbike round at the Chang International Circuit at Buriram in Thailand. This includes a press release from the series organizer with details of which broadcasters around the world will have coverage of the races:
After the burst of activity leading up to last week, things have once again calmed down in the world of international motorcycle racing. Neither MotoGP nor World Superbikes are testing – though BSB are preparing for their season by testing in Spain – and as a consequence, news is thin on the ground. But not completely absent, so here is our weekly round up of what is happening in MotoGP and WSBK. And in this case, further abroad.
Casey Stoner to make a sort of return?
The fact that Casey Stoner spent a few days lapping at Sepang at the request of HRC came as no surprise. Stoner is, after all, a fully paid-up Honda test rider, and has been put to work to help develop the Honda RC213V for this year and next. When HRC issued a press release casually mentioning that Stoner had put in a few laps on the Suzuka 8 Hour CBR1000RR endurance bike, that raised an eyebrow.
The Misano World Circuit is to be completely resurfaced. Under the direction of Studio Dromo, the engineering and circuit designing firm run by Jarno Zaffelli, the track is to receive a new layer of asphalt, especially formulated to cope with the stresses of both world championship racing and exposure to the salt sea air which blows in from the Adriatic coast. The work is due to continue until 10th March, and Studio Dromo issued the following press release describing the work in detail.
MISANO WORLD CIRCUIT: NEW ASPHALT FOR THE INTERNATIONAL RACETRACK
Works of resurfacing of 4,226 meters on the international circuit has started.
The project and site engineering is from designer Jarno Zaffelli, owner of the studio Dromo. The works will be done by specialized company Pesaresi SpA in Rimini using feeders technologies for the very first time in Italy.
Misano World Circuit, March, 1st, 2015 – Technology and safety characterize the intervention that the property of the Misano World Circuit, the Santa Monica SpA, decided to carry on the eve of the 2015 sport season. It's been a few days that the Works of complete resurfacing of the circuit has started, and they will continue - weather permitting - until March 10.