Ratthapark Wilairot joined the 250cc World Championship in 2007 as a member of the Thai Honda PTT SAG team. He competed in the 2006 Japanese GP as a wild-card and finished a respectable 10th after qualifying in 14th place and the same season he finished as the runner-up in the challenging Japanese national Championship.
In his debut World Championship campaign he gained experience at GP circuits round the world, achieving nine point-scoring results and ending up 17th in the general standings. In 2008 Wilairot scored points on 14 occasions achieving several top ten finishes and improving his ranking to 13th in the general classification. The Asian starlet competed in his third campaign for the Thai Honda PTT SAG team in 2009 and though he managed to finish in the points in all the 11 races he finished, he was unable to finish higher than 13th in the standings.
In 2010 the young rider and the Honda-SAG team made the move to Moto2 where Wilairot will rode a Suter with varying success. His best finish was a 4th in the 6th round at Assen, which he was unable to either repeat or better for the rest of the season, leaving him in 20th in the final standings. Wilairot will ride for Honda-SAG again in 2011.
Ratthapark Wilairot #14 - Honda-SAG
Born: April 14, 1988
Ratthapark Wilairot 2011 Moto2 Results
Announced as a new 4-stroke MotoGP World Championship class in 2010, Moto2 replaced the 250cc category. Moto2 is intended to be a prestigious yet cost-effective accompaniment to the premier class of MotoGP. Some of the key characteristics of this category of Grand Prix racing are a single engine supplier and a single tyre supplier. Honda Racing Corporation was chosen as the engine supplier, while Dunlop, currently present in the 125cc World Championships provide the tyres.
Moto2 technical specifications - in a nutshell
Powered by a one-make 600cc 4-stroke engine, producing around 150hp, the Moto2 class will continue the 250cc series' pursuit of developmental excellence with the running of a prototype chassis -free from limitation.
No production bike parts will be permitted for the frame, swing arm, fuel tank, seat or cowling, meaning that these aspects of the machine will be left to the manufacturer and designers' discretion.
Electronic systems will be more limited than those previously permitted in 250cc, which had seen select factories bringing in traction control in recent years. Moto2 rules will allow for data loggers, ECU and timing transponders supplied by the organiser, with a maximum total cost of the ECU's components set at 650 euros. No other electronic control, nor datalogging systems, will be present on the bikes.
Experience the excitement of season 2 of Moto2 Racing as Ratthapark Wilairot rides to capture his first Moto2 Championship crown.