CHANG. Francesco Bagnaia (SKY Racing Team VR46) claimed a magnificent seventh win of 2018 at the PTT Thailand Grand Prix to claim the 800th Italian Grand Prix win, finishing ahead of teammate Luca Marini by 1.5 seconds after the latter got the better of Bagnaia’s title rival Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) on the final lap.
Binder crossed the line fourth to finish just off the podium, another solid ride for the South African, with Fabio Quartararo (MB Conveyors – Speed Up) finishing in a lonely fifth place after an early battle with Marini. After looking strong across Free Practice and qualifying, Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) picks up a P6 in Thailand, with Iker Lecuona (Swiss Innovative Investors) claiming his first top ten since Austria in P7. Eighth was Tetsuta Nagashima (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), a career-best finish for the Japanese rider before he heads to his home GP at Motegi, with Andrea Locatelli (Italtrans Racing Team) and Simone Corsi (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) completing the top ten at the Chang International Circuit.
Fabio Quartararo: 5th
“A fairly positive race. I had to fight a lot, especially at the beginning so as not to lose the leading group. I struggle in the early laps cause the feeling with the bike was good and I managed to overtake even aggressive that is what I missed from some races. The fifth place in this new circuit is definitely a good result and we are satisfied with how we are working!"
Andrea Locatelli: 9th
"I’m satisfied with the weekend. We didn't start in the best way, but we worked hard to find the right solutions and a good pace. The race was so tough, but I kept up the pace finishing in the points. Now let’s think about the three overseas races".
Simone Corsi: 10th
"It's been a positive race, with a great comeback completed. At turn 3 lot of riders crashed right before me and I've been forced to run it wide to avoid them, sliding untile p27. Since that time I kept pushing hard to retrieve some positions and after all I achieved the top-10, a good prize for the whole team's work."
Isaac Viñales: 24th
"It was a difficult race today. The temperatures, both in the air and on the track, were really high and I couldn't find the right feeling. Although I have already worked with this bike, every circuit needs a lot of changes and adjustments. I finished the race, but I am not happy with the position I have gained. Now there is no time to rest and we are already looking at Japan."
Augusto Fernandez: N.C.
"It's a shame to finish the weekend in this way, the races are like that and today I had bad luck and another driver took me ahead, which is a pity because we worked well all weekend. Today we had rhythm to be ahead but that's it: we have to think about the next one.The most important thing is that we are getting closer and that is the result of the good work we have done all year."