After setting a blistering pace which saw British rider Cal Crutchlow qualify in fifth place as best independent rider in Thailand, the LCR Honda CASTROL rider finished seventh place in the first ever Grand Prix race at the Buriram International Circuit.
Returning to the Thailand MotoGP race was the famous Castrol green and red livery on the top Brit’s Honda RC213V.
In difficult conditions, and almost unbearable heat, Cal looked well placed to challenge for a podium place in the first half of the race, fighting at the front for most of the race.
But the temperature of the Buriram International Circuit soared, forcing Cal to settle for valuable championship points.
Cal still leads the Independent Team Rider classification with 128-points.