What Kind Of Track Is The Chang Circuit In Thailand? Watch The ARRC 600cc Race And Judge For Yourself

The Chang International Circuit is an unknown for everyone in World Superbikes this weekend. A new track in a new country represents many challenges for the teams and the riders, as they try to figure the fastest way around it. It is an unknown for fans, too, most of them only having seen the track layout map on the World Superbike website.

Fortunately, racing has already taken place at the Chang circuit. The Asian Road Racing Championship held a round at the track in November 2014, which included two races from the Supersport 600 class. On its Youtube channel, it also has the full races from every round of the series, including the races at Chang. 

Watching the first race at the track gives a good sense of the layout, and how close the racing might be. The circuit has several longish straights, with a couple of tight corners connecting them, but the second half of the track is more flowing, with several faster corners. There are a number of spots around the track that look good for overtaking, including Turn 1, the hairpin at Turn 3, and the final corner, Turn 12. Both ARRC 600 races ended quite close, with three riders battling for 2nd in the first race, and three more riders fighting for the win all race long in the second race

The ARRC series also gives an indication of what lap times to expect. Pole was set by Ratthopong Wilairot (whether Ratthopong is related to Ratthapark is something we were unable to find out), who posted a lap of 1:40.460. The World Supersport riders should be able to get under the 1:40 mark, while the World Superbike riders should be able to take a couple of seconds or more off that time.

If you have 40 minutes to spare, and are interested to see what the Chang International Circuit looks like from a racing perspective, here's the first ARRC Supersport 600 race:

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According to the WSBK press release over on the Motorcycle News Australia website, Ratthopong is Ratthapark's brother.

That must have caused the parents all sorts of problems while they were growing up, my daughters have quite different names yet I still get them all mixed up - especially when they are getting in trouble for something!

With all the start and stop chutes I am wondering if the Ducati tractable grunt may shine. Tires started going off a bit near the race end here but it was hard to tell how hard the track surface is on tires.

...Which has me pondering at which MotoGP track this year we will say "this isn't a Honda or Yamaha track, this is a Ducati track." And will the super soft rear being able to make it the distance be a factor vs another characteristic we are about to enjoy getting familiar with this year?

At any rate, sure enjoyed the action at P.I. and plan to follow w keen interest. Rae is my still my pick, but GO GET THOSE KIDS TROY!

are also fixed now so mabye grunt out of turns will help too.

As for motogp, the ducati is a totally differnt animal now. Initial reports are they fixed the turning but at the expense of braking stabilty. If so then I think they' could be more closely aligned to yahmaha than Honda tracks.

Makoto Tamada now races down in this class?! To go from the heights of MotoGP to this (if it's the same person) is rather remarkable. Still has the passion I imagine.

Yep, same Tamada.
In 2013 "Honda and Tamada's agency, Speed of Japan both announced Tamada's full time ride in the Asia Road Racing Championship in the Supersports 600 class with MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing, the factory team for Honda in the series. He is replacing in Ryuichi Kiyonari, who won the title in 2012 and has gone back to BSB in 2013.

Tamada, stating that it took him more time to get used to a 600cc machine at the beginning of the season, actually made it fast. He got his first podium finish at Race 2 of Round 1 in Sepang. He then got his first win at Race 1 at Round 3, and went on winning Race 2."

Surprising. It flows nicely and doesn't have those horrible 45 degree corners that he puts in for the cars. We're going to see some mad passes going in and out of the front straight!