Riders enjoy Muay Thai before race

Riders enjoy Muay Thai before race

Organisers ready for Buri Ram Grand Prix

Riders take part in a Muay Thai event at Bangkok's Rajadamnern Stadium yesterday to help promote the Thailand Grand Prix to be held in Buri Ram this weekend.
Riders take part in a Muay Thai event at Bangkok's Rajadamnern Stadium yesterday to help promote the Thailand Grand Prix to be held in Buri Ram this weekend.

Riders practised Muay Thai yesterday as part of promotional events ahead of this week's Thailand Grand Prix.

They were led by MotoGP racers Alex Marquez of LCR Honda and Fabio Di Giannantonio of Gresini Racing.

The other participants were Thailand's Moto2 riders Somkiat Chantra of Idemitsu Honda Team Asia and Keminth Kubo of Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team and Aspar's Albert Arenas, and Moto3 star Izan Guevara of Aspar.

They took part in the shooting of a TV commercial which will be aired worldwide during the Thailand Grand Prix that takes place in Buri Ram from Friday to Sunday.

Yesterday's event was held at Rajadamnern, one of Bangkok's two major boxing stadiums.

The 2022 Thailand Grand Prix is the third edition of the tournament.

Thai officials have said the country and the province are ready to make the 2022 event a great one.

The first two tournaments were organised in 2018 and 2019. The event was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Honda's Marc Marquez has been the only Thai MotoGp champion with his wins in Buri Ram in 2018 and 2019.

Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo leads the 2022 MotoGP championship, ahead of Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia and Aprilla's Aleix Espargaro.

New event in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan will join the MotoGP calendar in 2023, promoters Dorna announced yesterday, as the premier category of the motorcycle world championship arrives in Central Asia for the first time.

"2023 marks the start of a new five-year deal that sees MotoGP touch down in a new region of the world," Dorna said in a statement.

The event, the date of which has not yet been communicated, will be at the Sokol circuit, described as "a brand-new motor sport complex constructed in the heart of Central Asia" located outside of Almaty, the largest city in the country.

Kazakhstan becomes the 30th country to host a Grand Prix since 1949.

Faced with a drop in attendance at certain European Grand Prix, the MotoGP promoter is looking to bounce back by expanding global audience.

Dorna announced last week they are working with Indian authorities with a view to creating a Grand Prix in India "in the near future".

Earlier this month, Dorna signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Arabia to soon host a MotoGP race.

The official MotoGP calendar for next season has not yet been published but could feature 21 races. bangkok post/afp

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