Just days after Gautier Paulin and Team HRC finished third in the MXGP of Qatar, Thailand beckons for round two of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
Held on 7-8 March at the Nakhonchaisri Motorsport Complex one hour north-west of Bangkok, the Thailand Circuit track is new on the calendar for this season and as such presents an unknown challenge for the field.
Honda and Team HRC have been able to study the terrain of the area with the support of the Honda Thailand R&D facility, which will help the direction of bike setup, but at that time the track had not been built so the specifics are still unknown.
Evgeny Bobryshev returned to Grand Prix competition in Qatar last weekend, and hoping that the Thai track will be the fast and flowing type he prefers, is looking to build upon a solid points haul afforded from eighth overall.
For Gautier Paulin it was a smooth first Grand Prix with Team HRC, and third in the championship after the first round presents a strong foundation to challenge for the podium once again.
Track action starts with MXGP free practice at 1115hrs local time on Saturday 7 March, and the President of Honda Thailand will join on Sunday for the two races that get underway from 1305hrs.