This year (2018), one more round added into MotoGP calendar to make it 19 races season. Dorna decided to choose Buriram International Circuit, Thailand to host the new round. This decision made after tough competition from other circuits in Finland, Kazakhstan, and Indonesia. This circuit will host MotoGP races under three years contract.
The official name of the race is PTT Thailand Grand Prix and its maiden race is scheduled on October, 7. It is going to become a historical cornerstone for Thailand motor racing community to finally has the world championship competition in their country. Thailand has so many talents in motorcycle racing competing in local and regional competitions. The grand prix race offers opportunity to selected riders to race along the world’s best through the wildcard arrangements. The grand prix race will also help to boost the country’s tourism industry especially the less known northern territory.
Located near the city of Buriram, at the northeastern province of Buriram, the official name of the circuit is Chang International Circuit. It is named after Chang Beer, the main sponsor of the circuit. Due to alcohol promotion restriction in several countries, MotoGP decides to use its non-commercial name, Buriram International Circuit.
The initiatives to build international circuit was intended to boost the economics in this region as racing events, especially world championships will attract many people to come. The circuit was designed by the world-famous Hermann Tilke and it was officially opened in 2014. Buriram International Circuit is the first in Thailand certified as Grade A Circuit by both FIA and FIM. Prior to MotoGP, another world championship; World Superbike Championship, has been held there since 2015. After officially announced the inclusion of Thailand Grand Prix to MotoGP calendar, Dorna also decided this circuit to hold one of the official tests. The test in this circuit will be held this February, 16.
Buriram International Circuit’s race track is 4.554 KM length and has 12 turns. Before the official test, most riders have no experience with this circuit. Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo are among the few had visited the circuit for commercial purposes. Rossi criticized the track as boring with too much straights and not a lot turns as well as bad condition of the track.
Beyond the Circuit
In Thai, Buriram literary means city of happiness, a praise for the beautiful city and surrounding environment. From Bangkok, Thai’s biggest city and its international hub, you can travel to Buriram by air to Buriram Airport, or by land using State Railway of Thailand to Buriram Railway Station.
The city of Buriram offers many places of interests including the famous Khmer Empire era temple of Phanom Rung, city parks, local markets, and many more. Relatively small quite town, it is a good place to explore Thai northeastern countryside with its unique culture including its distinctive style of cuisine compare to Thai cuisine widely found in greater Bangkok area. This city also hosts several religious and cultural festivals. The biggest one is Budha footprint homage-paying fair while other important festivals are including Songkran Day, Bang Fai traditional rocket dance, and many more.
Hotel Near Chang/Buriram International Circuit
Watching motogp, superbike or formula1 races is very exciting, especially if the place to stay near the location, can walk around the location, here is a list of hotels close to the location.
- Bric Box Hotel Buriram (0.82 km)
- Sky View Resort Buriram (1.05 km)
- Buriram Judy Park And Resort (1.23 km)
- Civilized Garden Homestay (1.28 km)
- D-Sine Resort (1.5 km)
- at Baoburi (1.58 km)
- Amari Buriram United (1.61 km)
- Thansila Resort Buriram (1.64 km)
- Srianunt Boutique Hotel (1.64 km)
- Viranya Resort (1.7 km)
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