How the Bookies See It
Marc Marquez is once again the red-hot favourite with odds sitting around Evens, with an in-form Andrea Dovizioso the second-favourite at 5/2. Third-favourite is Jorge Lorenzo who is a 4/1 chance, whilst Cal Crutchlow is a big price fourth-favourite at 14/1.
As this is the first MotoGP race to take place at the Chang International Circuit, there is no historical form to go on. However, Marc Marquez won again last time out at Aragon to extend his lead at the top of the World Standings to 72 points. Marquez, who is searching for a second successive world title, has shown incredible consistency this season, and you have to go back to race 6 at Mugello in Italy at the start of June for the last time he was not on the podium. Thailand will be a new challenge and a new track, but it’s impossible not to expect him to be leading from the front once again.
Since Andrea Dovizioso won in the Czech Republic at the start of August, which was his first success since the opening race of the campaign, he has been in impressive form. Since that victory he finished third in Austria, won in San Marino and was second last time at Aragon. Although it seems too late to still be a contender for the title, his recent form has seen him move up to second in the World Standings, opening up a 15-point lead as he tries to claim the runners-up spot once again. In the form he is in, he certainly cannot be written off winning Thailand’s inaugural MotoGP.
Despite sitting third in the World Standings, you have to go back to race 9 in Germany for the last time Valentino Rossi managed a podium finish. That day, he was second behind Marc Marquez and a lack of decent positions since has seen his season fall away. Can he get back on the podium in Thailand? Recent form would suggest it will be another struggle.
Jorge Lorenzo and Maverick Vinales are tied for fourth-place in the World Standings, but both will be confident of catching Rossi and claiming third place at the end of the season. Lorenzo has the best recent form, claiming race 11 and maximum points in Austria. Both are in with a chance of reaching a podium place in Thailand.
It is hard to see past Marc Marquez claiming another win, but it is a new track so qualifying will be very telling. However, Andrea Dovizioso looks at better price at 5/2 and is in a rich vein of recent form. It is certainly worth chancing it with some big-price each-way bets, especially as everyone arrives with no experience of the circuit.
Cal Crutchlow can always spring a surprise, so at odds of 14/1 is the standout each-way option. Dani Pedrosa has been racing well of late, and also look a very interesting 25/1 each-way hope, whilst Andrea Iannone claimed third-place last time out at Aragon – he is 33/1 but could repeat that feat and is again of interest.
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