THAI RIDERS BRACE WORLD SUPERBIKE THAILAND ROUND DEBUT

The World Supersport Championship heads to Thailand for the second round with local rider Ratthapark Wilairot elated to race in front of Home a Crowd for the first time.



His front-running potential could well have the local fans cheering come the chequered flag on Sunday. The 26-year-old from Chonburi will be joined by four fellow Thai riders: Moto2 full-timer Thitipong Warokorn and Ratthapark’s brother Ratthapong Wilairot (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand) and the Yamaha Thailand Racing Team’s duo of Decha Kraisart and Chalermpol Polamai.

Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) heads the standings after his amazing performance at Phillip Island in Australia last month



Cluzel’s teammate Lorenzo Zanetti will be looking to maintain his strong start to the season aboard the second factory MV Agusta F3 675, while former Champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) will be hoping to show his true pace after finishing 6th in Phillip Island following a run off track in the early stages of the first race of the year. 

The fight for the podium could be even closer than the battle between Gino Rea (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda) and Kyle Smith (Pata Honda World Supersport) in the opening encounter, with several other riders looking capable of mounting a serious threat. And with the added unknown factor of a new circuit for everyone, Sunday’s race could well spring some surprises.

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