After his breathtaking performance at Phillip Island, Kyle now turns his attention to the beautiful country of Thailand and it’s equally impressive Chang International Circuit.
Meeting old friends in Buriram
Kyle and Sean flew out of Australia a couple of nights ago, landing in Bangkok before hopping on a flight to Buriram. On their arrival, the guys were met with the usual, fabulous, Thai hospitality and it wasn’t long before Kyle and Sean were meeting up with old friends from when they last raced in Thailand.
Among those friends are the guys from Pro Bolt Thailand and Kawasaki Buriram Siam Motorbike these two great companies have very generously agreed to sponsor Kyle for this weekends racing in Thailand. We are delighted to have Pro Bolt Thailand on board after they generously helped Kyle last year in his first visit to Buriram and we are equally proud to be flying the flag for Kawasaki Buriram Siam Motorbike for the duration of our stay in this beautiful part of the world. Hopefully we can continue the good work we started last time out in Australia and maybe even do a little better knowing we can count on their help and support.
Please click on the links above to check out the facebook pages of these two great companies and give them a like to show our appreciation of their generous support.
Heating up at Chang International
One thing that strikes you stepping off the plane in Thailand is the heat, but the weather isn’t the only type of heat that Kyle is going to have to deal with this weekend. As performances improve and expectations start to rise, Kyle will have to be at his unflappable best if he is to secure a good result in the heat and humidity of Thailand’s newest and best race circuit.
Let’s not forget, last time here, Kyle was showing real promise on this circuit whilst piloting the Ranieri Med SC Racing Yamaha. Carrying a broken hand into the Thai round Kyle managed to be within 1.1 seconds of the leaders in qualifying but disaster struck in the weekends race when Kyle was forced to retire on lap three after being hit by another rider, damaging his bike and forcing an early retirement.
This time around we have the feeling that things will be more positive with the backing of a fully funded and professional team to provide the tools Kyle needs to do the job.
We caught up with Kyle early on Thursday to get his view on the coming weekend
I’m really happy to be back in Thailand, the people here have been unbelievably good to us
It’s a lot different to Phillip Island but it’s fast and technical in parts so we’re hoping to carry on where we left off. Last time we were here we didn’t have any settings for the bike or anything like that so it will be good to have the experience of the team to draw on this weekend.
Chang International circuit
The Chang International Circuit (also known as Buriram United International Circuit because of alcohol restrictions) was opened in 2014. This is the first FIA Grade 1 and FIM Grade A circuit in Thailand. The track’s primary corporate sponsor is Chang Beer, the brand from which the track takes it’s name.
On March 22 2015, the first ever Thailand round of the World Superbike Championship was held at the circuit. Both of the Superbike races were won by Jonathan Rea and the World Supersport race was won by Thai rider Rathapark Wilairot, much to the delight of the Thai spectators.
The view from the grandstand seats is impressive and you can see almost all the circuit.
Getting to the Chang International Circuit
The Chang International Circuit is located at Buriram in north eastern Thailand. The city has a small domestic airport, offering flights to and from Bangkok. This is around 40 minutes drive to the north of the circuit.
Buriram is about 400 kms from Bangkok, a five-hour drive by car. The circuit itself is to the south of the city, next to the Buriram United football stadium, and can be accessed from Routes 218 or 219. Parking is available at the circuit
Address: Buriram United International Circuit, 30/2 Moo 4, Tambon Isan, Muang District, Buriram 31000, Thailand
PH: +66 2940 6759
Circuit type: Permanent road course
Friday looks to be hot with maximum temperatures well into the mid 30’s and night time temperatures in the low 20’s.
Saturday looks to be a similar to Friday with the odd cloud in the sky and light winds to accompany the scorching temperatures.
Sunday looks to be excellent weather for racing, if not a little warm! Temperatures will once again be approaching the high to mid 30’s Celsius
Don’t miss any of the action
Because Buriram is 7 hours ahead of us in the UK, Kyle first get’s out onto the track early on Friday morning, 4am early to be precise! The hour long FP1 session is due to start at 4am and run until 5am UK time so you’ll have to be up early but the timings aren’t quite as bad as the last round in Oz.
FP2 is going to make you a little late for work starting as it does at 8:45am but at least you’ll go to work with a smile on your face 🙂
Please note all times below are UK times
As we go into Saturday morning, the 15 minute FP3 session get’s underway at 4:20am, I doubt many of you will be around for the short 15 minute session but the much more exciting Superpole sessions kick off from 7:30am
Extra coffee might be needed for some but I can’t think of a better way to start a Saturday!
Race day sees a 7:30am start for the main race, hopefully we’ll be toasting another great performance by the time the Sunday roast is on the table 🙂
Live TV coverage is looking a bit sparse but there are plenty of chances to catch all of the WSBK action on Eurosport. Sadly it doesn’t look like there is any coverage of Fridays action but LIVE coverage starts at 4:45am on Saturday and again at 6am UK time on Sunday
Saturday qualifying and Sundays race will be live on Eurosport but please double check TV listings as they are sometimes a little bit sketchy on Eurosport.
Sponsorship and Your Support
As we said earlier, Pro Bolt Thailand and Kawasaki Buriram Siam Motorbike have both elected to sponsor this latest round of the World Supersport Championship for Kyle. This has now led to the introduction of a third option on our TEAM#77 sponsorship.
Option 3 will cost £777 companies who take up this offer will be given unrivalled coverage on the race weekend of their choice (should it be available)
Full details of the new option will be posted online as soon as the benefits package has been finalised
Thank you everyone for your support