A selection of MotoGP riders have met Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha during a visit of the country’s capital city Bangkok as build up to the second official pre-season test at the Buriram International Circuit.

Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing), Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu), Alex Rins and Andrea Iannone (both Suzuki Ecstar) were on hand to introduce MotoGP to Thailand ahead of its maiden round in the country in October.

MotoGP is gearing up for the second official pre-season test, the first to be held at Buriram, in preparation for the new Thai round and the 2018 season.

As part of a whistle-stop promotional day, the riders met and exchanged gifts with Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and Secretary of Sports and Tourism Pongpanu Svetarundra. The MotoGP riders also went for a tour of Wat Arun “Temple of Dawn” in Bangkok and attended a press conference with the local Thai media. The Riders were also shown a Government House built in 1925 by an Italian architect to resemble the Ca’ d’Oro in Venice.

The MotoGP riders will now Northeast of Bangkok to the Chang International Circuit in Buriram for a three-day test on February 16-18.

The 2018 MotoGP season gets underway in Qatar on March 16-18, with the new Thailand round scheduled for October 5-7.


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For "Prime Minister" read "Dictator"! 


Fire the proof reader....I don't think they will be testing in Thailand at the same time that they are racing in Qatar?


It's annoying to have to re-read sentences. But nobody's perfect. I think he meant- the riders GO northeast to test from February 16-18th. Takes longer to make sence of it but not as long as reading the paper version of MCN. Doesn't look like they have a proof reader! And costs £2.40 a week now.