It remains two familiar names at the top, however, and in the same order. Bill van Eerde, who qualified down in 19th, bounced back with two unbelievable races to fight at the front in both at Buriram – and missed out on victory in the first by mere thousandths. In the second it was a more dramatic end and key rival Haruki Noguchi pushed him wide and down to the latter half of the top ten, but the Japanese rider knew he had to try. After crossing the line behind van Eerde in Race 1 and making that points deficit just a little bigger, his aggressive move on Sunday at least cut it down by a point and he now trails the Australian by seven. Heading onto his home turf, it’ll be all or nothing from Noguchi get ahead now – but van Eerde has that little bit of breathing space. How will they attack the hard-braking behemoth of Motegi?