Johnny Rea makes it six! He stands on the top step of the rostrum for the sixth time in Buriram. A practically perfect race for the Northern Irish rider, who was well able manage the race, which he led from the outset, crossing the line with a good margin. The Kawasaki rider couldn't have hoped for more, despite a small mistake in the final stages.
“There was a little bit of joy and relief in winning today, such a tough race, particularly in this heat. In Australia I had some difficulties while things have gone differently here, despite some issues on Friday."
Saturday's win wasn't exactly a walk in the park for Rea though.
“It was an exhausting race. At first I was in the lead, but there were a lot of riders close behind me. So I tried to push, but it was really difficult with no reference out in front. I couldn't risk using the tyre too much either. The lap times stayed very consistent and the result came."
Tomorrow, in race 2, the Kawasaki will line up ninth on the grid.
“I'm interested to see how it will go. unfortunately the engine doesn't have the same level of performance as last year and I'll have various fast riders up ahead of me. Right now, i'm not fully confident with the ZX-10 RR, but I can adapt”.
A disappointing Saturday for Tom Sykes, forced to settle for sixth behind Alex Lowes on the Yamaha.
“unfortunately, after just five laps, i had a problem with the braking system which conditioned my whole race. I wasn't able to break as I wanted and am disappointed. it's a shame, as we'd worked well on Ftriday and I felt ready. Tomorrow I'm sure I'll be stronger”.