Ratthapark Wilairot digests events after taking Buriram by storm.
Already a celebrity in Thailand before winning Sunday’s World Supersport race, Ratthapark Wilairot has taken a moment to reflect on a truly remarkable race. Not only did he clinch Honda’s 100th World Supersport win in front of his home crowd, but it was his first victory on an international stage as his brother Ratthapong finished fifth to complete an impressive wildcard appearance.
Wilairot dedicated the win to his father, who passed away in 2010, and King Rama IX who is suffering from illness and is therefore unable to attend public events.
“It was a very special moment, to win with the number nine,” said the 26-year-old CORE’’ Motorsport Thailand rider. “It is a massive feeling for me and I want to thank all of those who came here to support us. I can hardly believe it. It was a tough race and I tried to keep up with the pace, but Jules (Cluzel) was faster than me. In the middle of the race I tried to push a little more, but then he had an engine problem and retired. I took the lead and was able to continue riding to my own pace.
“I also want to thank the team because the bike was perfect. I took the 100th victory for Honda in World Supersport. I always promised my father I would win a World Championship race and my brother has done a great job to finish in the top five. I’m sure my father would have been very happy to see us doing well.”
Further adding to a highly dramatic occasion, the victory sees Wilairot lead the World Supersport standings for the first time before heading to MotorLand Aragon in April.