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Chang International Circuit, Thailand, 25/03/2015, FIM Superbike World Championship

Superbike premiere in Thailand

The BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team and Sylvain Barrier again collected points at the Thai round, Imre Tóth and Ireneusz Sikora both finished.

It was an action packed race weekend for the riders of BMW Motorrad Motorsport and the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy 2015. The FIM Superbike World Championship had plenty to be excited about at the second round of the season, as it was the first time the world’s top-level production based motorbike championship visited Thailand. An enthusiastic 84,000 spectators turned out to witness the gladiators on two wheels do battle.

New Chang Circuit a rider favourite from the first taste

The WorldSBK riders appeared to be impressed by the new Chang International Circuit near Buriram in the north-eastern part of Thailand. “A beautiful circuit and a track I really like,” was how BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team rider Sylvain Barrier described the venue. “I had a little trouble at the start, but then I understood that you need to let the bike run on the track, riding smoothly and not aggressively.”

Hard fight after set-up issues

Barrier secured 13th in Saturday’s SuperPole, but didn’t get the start he would have wanted in the first race on Sunday. The Frenchman dropped back slightly and had to fight his way to a finish of 14th. In the second race Barrier got away better and was running in the top ten, but lost some positions in the final part of the race again and brought his bike home in 13th.

“It was a difficult day,“ he summed up. “Yesterday I thought I’d solved the setting problems but today in the races I didn’t find the right feeling with the front and couldn’t ride as I wanted to. For the races my technicians tried to change something but things didn’t improve much. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to obtain better results but we were unable to find the right setting for this track that we didn’t know and that turned out to be more difficult than expected. But we’ll turn the page and concentrate on the next race in Aragón, where we’re determined to score the kind of results we expect.”

Team director Gerardo Acocella said: “We’re quite disappointed because in practice we thought we’d found the solution to the setting problems that Sylvain was struggling with, but then on race day nothing had changed. Our rider didn’t find the right feeling with the front and was unable to push hard and take good results. We take a few points home but we’re not happy. We hope to do a lot better in Aragón.”

Imre Tóth and Ireneusz Sikora scored 18th and 19 in both races respectively.