Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team’s Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl have scored their first top-10 results of the season today by finishing ninth and tenth, respectively, in the opening race at Chang International Circuit. With this result and the new grid format for race two, Hayden will start the second encounter of the Thai round from sixth place on the grid, while Bradl will again occupy the sixteenth slot.
Hayden got a good start from fourteenth position on the grid and was able to move up a couple of places during the opening lap; as the race progressed, he put up a good battle with Camier for eleventh place and, after having the better of Xavi Fores for tenth in the final stages, he was elevated to ninth on the final lap after Eugene Laverty’s technical problem.
Bradl’s first lap was not as easy, as the 27-year-old German was pushed wide at turn one; he therefore ended up losing some positions as he was unable to get the best drive out on to the long straight. In the second part of the encounter and with less tyre grip, Bradl was able to improve his pace and make some ground to the riders ahead, eventually snatching tenth place from Fores at the final corner.
The second and final race of the Thai round will get underway tomorrow at 16:00 local time (GMT +7), after the 15-minute warm up session scheduled at 11:30.