Quartararo eager for 'good result'
Rains caused by Noru threaten Thailand GP
published : 30 Sep 2022 at 04:00
newspaper section: Sports
MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo said yesterday he was not worried about the weather and was looking forward to a good result at this weekend's Thailand Grand Prix in Buri Ram.
Yamaha's Quartararo and three other title contenders took part in a press conference yesterday ahead of the third edition of the Thailand Grand Prix at the Chang International Circuit.
The others were Francesco Bagnaia of Ducati, Asprilla's Aleix Espargaro and Enea Bastianini of Gresini.
France's Quartararo has 219 points, Italy's Bagnaia 201, Spaniard Espargaro 194 and Italian Bastianini 170.
"Wet or dry, I believe we will get a good result," Quartararo said.
Typhoon Noru is hitting Thailand and has brought rain and thunderstorms as MotoGP returns to Buri Ram for the first Thailand Grand Prix since 2019 after Covid.
Quartararo added that he is happy to race at the Buri Ram circuit which he said is a good venue for him and his team.
"I will do my best to return to the podium," said the Frenchman who finished second in the 2019 edition.
Quartararo extended his championship lead over Bagnaia from 10 points to 18 in Japan last week, despite finishing well off the pace set by race winner Jack Miller.
The Yamaha rider has not won a race since June in Germany and seen his lead at the top whittle away.
Honda's Marc Marquez is so far the only rider to win the Thailand GP after his triumphs in the first two editions in 2018 and 2019.
In 2019, Marquez sealed his sixth world title with a victory at Buri Ram, but only after a sensational last lap battle with Quartararo.
That epic duel had 226,000 fans in attendance, the largest that season.
The 2018 edition saw a season-best crowd at the first ever Thailand Grand Prix with 220,000 fans in attendance.
Marquez pipped Andrea Dovizioso to victory in the 2018 race, a crucial win that set up the Honda ace to take home his fifth world championship crown.
Marquez said yesterday he only aimed to finish the race on Sunday.
He grabbed pole position for the first time in three years at last week's Japanese Grand Prix and finished fourth.
Marquez holds the lap record of 1min 31.471sec around the 12-turn, 4.554km track in Buri Ram.
Meanwhile, officials are working hard to ensure the event would run its course smoothly.