Previewing this weekend's races in Thailand and the second round for the 2016 World Superbike season, the key word will be HOT! Air temps this weekend in Buriram Thailand will approach 100 degrees Fahrenheit and I can't imagine what track temps will be. Surely the riders will appreciate the new format this weekend, racing once on each Saturday and Sunday, instead of twice in one day. Saturday will be particularly grueling for the riders and teams, as they will have to endure qualifying in the morning before race 1 in the afternoon.
Last year was the Championship's first visit to the circuit and Jonathan Rea finished the weekend with two wins. I'd expect that's a likely repeat this year on the Kawasaki. Chaz Davies will seek to challenge again of course, but his Ducati may not perform as well here as it did in Australia as the heat can be a problem for the Italian bike and the circuit doesn't seem to suit the Welsh rider. Tom Sykes may provide the best challenge on his own Kawa. Historically Sykes doesn't show well in Australia but then his true colors show in the following matches.
Last year's races also had strong showings from the now defunct Aprilia team. Leon Haslam took 2nd in both races but he's competing in British Superbike this year. His teammate the Spanish Elvis Jordi Torres took 4th in both races, and he may show some real life this weekend. A top 5 finish in either race would be a great sign that BMW can truly compete in the 2016 season.
While US tv coverage is still TBD at this point and not listed on http://tvracer.com/, I would expect that beIN Sports will again show both races live. Note that for the Australian races, beIN had race 1 listed on the guide as too be announced but showed the Sunday listing for race 2 accurately.
Baring an major developments before then, I'll recap these race's results on Monday and then we can look forward to the double extravaganza next weekend, the start of both MotoGP and F1!