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.

Nicky Hayden

Nicky Hayden 69

9th

For Superpole this morning we made quite a few changes to the setup to try and sort out the engine braking and I started to feel a bit better on the bike, although I am yet to find the right feeling. I made a good start to the race and stayed in the group fighting for eighth; I hung on in there, trying to learn as much as possible and to see what was our pace like. On some parts of the track the bike was working well, while on others we were struggling a bit. We will take this ninth position but we still need to find some more consistency with the bike, which would allow me to push and ride it the way I like. However, there is still one night and the warm up to try some new stuff ahead of race two.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Stefan Bradl

Stefan Bradl 6

10th

The race was not too bad. The bike is becoming better and, although there is still a lot of work to do, in the second half of the race I managed to set some strong times. My best lap was a 1.35.0 just before the chequered flag despite the overtake on Fores at the last corner. What we need to improve the most, though, is our performance at the beginning of the race, because the electronics don’t seem to work at their best with fresh tyres. All in all we have found some consistency and that’s a great thing, but we need to improve our pace.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Pieter Breddels

Pieter Breddels

We entered the race with some unknowns still, because there were still things to be sorted out after Superpole. What we decided to focus on was to give the riders a package they could be consistent with and we kind of hit the target with that. Nicky got a good start and was able to join the battle for eighth place and rode a great race to ninth place at the line. There is still some work to do ahead of race two, but there was an improvement nonetheless. Stefan took a bit more time to get up to speed, but in the second part of the race and especially in the closing stages he was able to settle into a nice rhythm. We need to look now into the data to make sure he can be competitive in the first part of the race as well. Overall, we are still far from where we want to be, but we are making steps in the right direction.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Thai Round

Chang International Circuit, Thailand

WorldSBK 2017, Round 2

Sunny / Dry / 35
Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 09:45 UTC
  • Air Temp: 35°C
  • Humidity: 42%
  • Ground Temp: 46°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR 25 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 31'16.125
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR 20 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +6.279
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR 16 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +8.165
4 Marco Melandri 33 ITA 13 Aruba.it Racing Ducati +8.239
5 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL 11 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +11.384
6 Alex Lowes 22 GBR 10 Pata Yamaha Yamaha +14.862
7 Jordi Torres 81 SPA 9 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +26.035
8 Leon Camier 2 GBR 8 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +31.755
9 Nicky Hayden 69 USA 7 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +33.305
10 Stefan Bradl 6 GER 6 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +35.208
11 Xavi Fores 12 SPA 5 BARNI Racing Team Ducati +35.428
12 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI 4 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +38.865
13 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA 3 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +39.869
14 Markus Reiterberger 21 GER 2 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +40.140
15 Román Ramos 40 SPA 1 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +47.407
16 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM 0 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +57.203
17 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA 0 Guandalini Racing Yamaha +1'00.996
18 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +1'05.330
NC Eugene Laverty 50 GBR 0 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia DNF
NC Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA 0 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki DNF
Sunny / Dry / 36
Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 07:14 UTC
  • Air Temp: 36°C
  • Humidity: 45%
  • Ground Temp: 50°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'32.957
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.235
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.500
4 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.572
5 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.604
6 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.660
7 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.664
8 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.231
9 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.250
10 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.295
11 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.568
12 Markus Reiterberger 21 GER Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.850
13 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +
14 Nicky Hayden 69 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
15 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +
16 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +
17 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +
18 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
19 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +
20 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +
Sunny / Dry / 34
Friday 10 Mar 2017, 08:46 UTC
  • Air Temp: 34°C
  • Humidity: 47%
  • Ground Temp: 45°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1033.573
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.210
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.279
4 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.322
5 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.443
6 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.601
7 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +0.672
8 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.718
9 Markus Reiterberger 21 GER Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +0.837
10 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.945
11 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.981
12 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.118
13 Nicky Hayden 69 USA Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.376
14 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.380
15 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +1.498
16 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +1.892
17 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1.969
18 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +2.244
19 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +2.676
20 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +2.995
Rider Standings
Saturday, 11 Mar 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 75 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 60 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
3 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 42 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
4 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 36 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
5 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 29 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
6 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 27 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
7 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 27 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
8 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 26 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
9 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 18 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
10 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 14 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
11 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 12 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
12 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 10 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
13 Randy KRUMMENACHER 15 SWI 10 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
14 Markus REITERBERGER 21 GER 9 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
15 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 8 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
16 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 7 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki
17 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 6 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
18 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 4 ERMotorsport-EliteRoads.com.au Yamaha