Warokorn wildcards in WorldSBK class for 2019 Pirelli Thai Round

Tuesday, 5 March 2019 10:54 GMT

Thitipong Warokorn will seek to build on his fourth place at the circuit in WorldSSP from 2017

Thitipong Warokorn will return to the Chang International Circuit in Buriram for the Pirelli Thai Round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship. Having had a successful World Supersport outing at the circuit in 2017, the local hero will take part in a wildcard appearance, this year in the WorldSBK class. The Thai sensation will be riding the Kawasaki Thailand Racing Team ZX-10RR for his debut in the premier class of production-based racing.

Warokorn has a wealth of international experience, having been a Grand Prix rider for two full years, with 43 starts to his name and a best finish of 18th at the inaugural Moto2 race at the Chang International Circuit last season. The 30-year-old made his World Supersport debut in 2015, finishing just outside the points in 16th, before finishing a phenomenal fourth in 2017.

Warokorn won at home in Buriram in the Asian Road Race Championship round at the venue in 2018, his only win of the season, whilst a podium at the track in the same championship the year before shows that he is a fast rider on home soil.

Warokorn will look to pursue his fellow countryman Ratthapark Wilairot’s achievement in Thailand in 2015, by becoming a race winner. Wilairot took a glorious victory in the first ever event at the Chang International Circuit in 2015, in the WorldSSP category. The best finish in the WorldSBK category by a Thai wildcard is by Anucha Nakcharoensri, who finished 17th in Race 2, 2015.

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