“Thailand” Unveils Spectacular “MotoGP 2019” Trophy Touting Spirit of Thainess; 3 Weeks and Counting Until “PTT Thailand Grand Prix” Revs into Action.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports partnered with the Sports Authority of Thailand and related agencies from the private and public sectors to unveil the new and more spectacular trophy for “PTT Thailand Grand Prix 2019”.

The new trophy incorporates the spirit of Thainess with MotoGP, showcasing the pride of Thai people to the rest of the world. Thai motorsport fans are invited to join the countdown of the remaining three weeks until Thailand plays host to the world-class motorsport championship on 4-6 October. The Chang International Circuit announced it is fully ready to host the competition as well as provide all the amenities. Buriram and nearby provinces are prepared to welcome the hundreds of thousands of motorsport fans who will be traveling to Thailand for the event.

Thailand is ready for the high-octane, world-class motorcycle racing championship with Round 15 of PTT Thailand Grand Prix 2019 on 4-6 October at Chang International Circuit, Buriram as both Thai and International motorsports anticipate the competition with Thailand hosting the event for the second time. On Wednesday, September 18, The Ministry of Tourism and Sports, together with The Sports Authority of Thailand; Buriram Provincial Administration Organization; PTT Oil and Retail Business PCL (PTTOR); The Department of Land Transport; Thai Beverage PCL; A.P Honda Co., Ltd; Thai Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd; Siam Commercial Bank PCL, Grab Taxi (Thailand) Co., Ltd; Plan B Media PCL; and Chang International Circuit Buriram, held a press conference to announce their readiness to host PTT Thailand Grand Prix with three weeks left before the biggest motorcycle racing championship revs into action in Thailand.

The highlight of the press conference was the unveiling of the new PTT Thailand Grand Prix 2019 trophy, which is one of the most important elements of the MotoGP championship in Thailand. The design concept was carried from last year which resembles ornate Thai temple doors, symbolizing Thailand’s warm invitation to first-time visitors to the Kingdom. This year’s trophy will embody the identity of Buriram, combining its unique characteristics as a province with the spirit of MotoGP.

The base of the trophy is designed to resemble stone, with the colors and texture similar to laterite used in the construction of Phanom Rung Stone Castle, which is carved into the iconic MotoGP checkered pattern. The top of the base is designed according to the unique track outline of Chang International Circuit that is not found anywhere else in the world. The beautiful Thai numerals engraved on the trophy were inspired by Thai flowers, expressing the thrill of victory for the champion in Thailand.

“On behalf of the Tourism and Sports Ministry, we are proud that Thailand is hosting a world-class tournament again this year, allowing Thais to experience the thrill of a premier motorcycle racing championship from the grandstand and see world-class riders in person. Last week, a team inspected the readiness of the racetrack, as well as the telecom infrastructure for land, air, and rail. I would like to reassure everyone that Thailand is 100% ready to host MotoGP “PTT Thailand Grand Prix 2019,” said Dr.Gongsak Yodmani, Governor of Sports Authority of Thailand.

“To accommodate the hundreds of thousands of fans flocking to Buriram, we have raised standards to maximize convenience across the board. This year, the airport has been revamped with improved concrete runways, additional taxiways, weapons explosives scanning system, improved baggage handling system, and wheelchair ramps. These improvements are aimed at raising the standards to accommodate every visitor to the best of our efficiency”

“There are no concerns on the racetrack as the Chang International Circuit management team is highly experienced in world- class motorsport events. The management team listened to the feedback from fans and turned problems into solutions. I also visited the OTOP Ban Nonsawan Village Homestay in Buriram’s Ban Dan district, which joined in the effort to help improve accommodation for motorsport fans. The locals of Buriram are ready to welcome guests with open arms and will create a lasting friendly impression on tourists from around the world. Tourists and motorsports fans are guaranteed to have an incredible time watching the race and visiting attractions around Buriram,” Dr.Gongsak said.

Teerawat Wuttikhun, Governor of Buriram, the province which will accommodate the motorsport fans who will be attending PTT Thailand Grand Prix, said “The people of Buriram is proud to welcome hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world. The accommodation has been well prepared so that tourists can enjoy the highest level of convenience and comfort without enduring difficult commutes. Food and beverage are ready and well-stocked. Transportation is one of our main priorities and we are closely communicating with the airport and network of hotels to ensure the most comprehensive service.” “In a bid to provide ease of access to information, we have prepared comprehensive tourist data and distributed in many areas.

We also coordinated with the traffic police section to make sure that the flow will be smooth and comfortable transportation will happen to the visitors. We also created the "Ask Me" team to welcome international visitors and provide any information regarding the local transportation, local attractions, the commercial area inside the circuit and surroundings” said the Buriram governor. Jiraporn Khaosawas, CEO and Managing Director of PTTOR PCL, said “As the title sponsor of PTT Thailand Grand Prix, the company would rather say thank you to the government and agencies from every sector who put in the effort and dedication towards MotoGP in Thailand. We appreciated a successful first time hosting the event. We are glad to continue this role in PTT Thailand Grand Prix 2019 with an offering of Thai Cultural Experience in OR Pavilion. PTTOR is confident in Thai power as it can create a remarkable history so-called "Pride of Thailand"

Tanaisiri Chanvittayarom, Managing Director of Chang International Circuit, commented on the readiness of the track by saying “the track is in top condition and primed for competition. We have received advice from the Federation of International Motorcycling (FIM), as well as feedback from spectators, which we applied to make improvements from the first time when we hosted the race. The sidestands have been improved to be stronger, safer and more convenient. The sidestands now offer better visibility of the action on the racetrack. I am confident that attendees will enjoy the incredible spectacle from every vantage point in Chang International Circuit during PTT Thailand Grand Prix. I would like to invite Thai motorsport fans to come and cheer on their favorite world-class riders as well as the homegrown talents taking part in the race.”

MotoGP is recognized as one of the world’s premier motorsport events with more than 800 million viewers around the world.

Another major highlight with the race being held in Thailand is the incredible entertainment, adding excitement to the already exhilarating weekend of motorsport festivities. Every circuit in the world have their unique personality and this year, PTT Thailand Grand Prix is jam-packed with a variety of activities for motorsport fans across three days.

On 4 October 2019, attendees can rock out with performances from Thailand’s leading band including Mild and Potato at Chang Music Connection. On October 5, the Muay Thai Expo brings boxing action to fans with a match-up between Sangmanee Sathian Muaythai Gym and Rafi Singpatong, as well as Kularb Dum Sor Jor Piak U-Thai going up against Nuenglanlek Jitmuangnon. On October 6, the final day of the entertainment, the Rapper Golf F.Hero set the stage on fire. Visitors can enjoy many activities with more than 100 promotional booths at PTT Thailand Grand Prix 2019 Expo. Motorsport fans can now purchase sidestand ticket (limited) and admission ticket to EXPO Zone. Every purchasing can be made throughout 7-Eleven stores (all branches) and via www.allticket.com. The admission ticket fee is 200 THB per day. Motorsport fans who hold the VIP Pass, grandstand, sidestand, Rossi's stand, Marquez's stand ticket can enter the EXPO Zone for free!!

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