Ratchada Nakcharoensri chose International Women’s Day to announce her plans and sponsors for 2018 at an exclusive media event in Bangkok on Thursday.
After a successful 2017, during which she won the R2M Powergirls WS-1 Championship, finished third in the FMSCT All Thailand Supersport 600 championship and earned a wild card ride in the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC), ‘Tann’, encouraged by R2M and the FMSCT, has put her future on a solid footing for 2018 and beyond.
Thailand’s female superbike racing icon has taken ownership of TS Racing, which was founded by her father and is now known as TS Superbike Racing by Tann Ratchada Nakcharoensri. The team will enjoy satellite status from Yamaha Thailand and Ratchada becomes also becomes an officially supported rider of PTT, who have come in as another main sponsor.
KYT will be providing helmets for circuit use and also off-road helmets for the motocross training that the rider has taken up in to build up her physical conditioning and stamina.
This season she will compete in the R2M Powergirls WS-1 and the BRIC Supersport 600 Championships and is aiming for another ARRC wild card entry when the series returns for its final round in December.
Rathchada began racing at the age of 11 and, from the start, became used to racing with and beating her male competitors. At the time she was nicknamed ‘Mokomo’ by FMSCT President, Thongchai Wongsawan, after a fearless Japanese woman racer whose riding style was similar to the young Tann’s. Now 27 and, in collaboration with R2M, she is using her status as a role model to encourage more women to join the sport and by working as an instructor for newcomers to motorcycle racing.
This weekend, Ratchada Nakcharoensri will compete in the R2M 8 Hours Endurance 2018 for Yamaha TS Racing Team. It will be her first ever endurance race and, with several other highly rated teams looking for victory, she will be pushed to her limits and may well find new boundaries to break.