Thai rider Ratthapark "Feem" Wilairot returns to the Assen circuit in the Netherlands today, hoping for repeat success at the scene where he achieved his career best finish two years ago.
The Thai Honda Gresini rider has fond memories of the Dutch Grand Prix, the only race of the world championships held on a Saturday, after recording a fourth place in 2010, a year before the 250cc class was replaced by the current 600cc four-stroke Moto2.
Increasingly confident in his new Suter chassis after coming away with a point from last week’s race at Silverstone, a track where he has had few rides to remember, the 24-year-old Thai is now eyeing a top10 finish at Assen.
“Silverstone was a good weekend – apart from the weather! We found many improvements on the bike, but still need more. Anyway I was happy to clinch a point and make the improvements that we did.
“Now it looks like summer is here and I am sure Assen will be sunny. I have good memories of Assen from 2010, when I finished fourth, and I like the circuit. We were closer to the front at Silverstone and that’s a positive sign for Assen. I want another performance there like 2010,” said the man from Chon Buri.
Team owner Fausto Gresini is confident Ratthapark can continue the improvement he has shown in recent weeks.
“Feem did a good job again at Silverstone even though his qualifying position wasn't the best. He made notable progress in the race and picked up an important point.
“He is making constant progress and the objective now is to close the gap to the front guys still further and start fighting for top10 finishes. I am sure he can do it because the determination is there,” said the Italian.