Somkiat Chantra, a rider from Thailand, created history on Sunday at the “OR Thailand Grand Prix,” which took place at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand. He placed third in the Moto2 class.
In the MotoGP class, Jorge Martin of Pramac Racing had a fantastic weekend in the Thailand Grand Prix by winning a dramatic race on Sunday, October 29, and reducing the deficit to Francesco Bagnaia of Italy, the leader of the championship, to just 13 points.
After a fierce battle for the top three positions, Martin came out on top ahead of South Africa’s Brad Binder of KTM and Ducati’s Bagnaia. However, Binder lost a position for going beyond the track boundaries, thus he finished third behind Bagnaia.
On Saturday, October 28, Martin won the race from pole position and went on to win the sprint category five times in a row, setting a lap record in the process. With four laps remaining, the Spaniard gave up the lead after leading the most of the race.
However, Martin sensed an opening to make a risky inside pass on the penultimate lap, and Binder was forced to give up the lead as the Spaniard hung on to capture the checkered flag.
In Moto2, Spanish rider Fermin Aldeguer took first place, finishing ahead of his countryman Pedro Acosta, who has just three more races to win the championship with a maximum of 12 points.
In the meantime, Somkiet Chantra of the Idemitsu Honda Team Asia advanced from the fifth starting position on the grid to the podium’s third spot.
As the first Thai rider in history to finish on the podium at the “Home Grand Prix,” Somkiet’s accomplishment made history and enabled him to stand on the podium for the first time in his hometown.
With 143.5 points overall, the cyclist wearing number 35 is presently ranked fifth in the championship rankings.
Colombian David Alonso won his fourth professional Grand Prix in Moto 3. Jaume Masia of Spain, who is leading the championship, finished fourth and is ahead by 17 points.