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2013 Asia Road Racing Championship

Round 01: Sepang – Malaysia

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April 21, 2013

Asia Road Racing Championship in Malaysia

The 18th season of PETORONAS ASIA Road Racing Championship celebrated its opening at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. In the pinnacle class, the Supersport600(SS600), the No.1 machine was missed because 2012 Champion, Ryuichi Kiyonari had moved to the British Superbike Championship this year. Instead, the former MotoGP and WSB rider, Makoto Tamada competes in this class from Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing. His joining for the first time in four years has been treated as big news in the Asian Championship and being driven by the response of many reporters. Kiyonari's teammate from last season, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman stays in the team and started the season aiming for the title. Zaqhwan Zaidi started his second year in Musashi Boon Siew Racing Malaysia, and was joined by Ryuta Kobayashi as a teammate. Further, Koyama Tomoyoshi and Satoru Iwata, competed in Moto2 last year decided to move to Asia under Yusuke Teshima, Director of NTS Japan T.Pro innovation with its debut.

Azlan Shah kamaruzamanzoom
Azlan Shah kamaruzaman
Azlan Shah kamaruzamanzoom
Azlan Shah kamaruzaman

Azlan recorded 1'05"330 in the practice on the first day, reducing 0.007 seconds from the preseason test held in February. He challenged the qualifiers in excellent shape. The qualifying session was held in dry condition and track temperatures rose up to 50 degrees. Has recorded the fastest time of 1'05"569 is Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki), 2011 Champion and he took the pole position for the race. Azlan came 2nd, Tamada was 4th, Kobayashi 6th, Zaqhwan 8th, Koyama 10th, Iwata 14th.

Sepang circuit is known as one of MotoGP courses, but Asian Championship is competed at Northern short course of approximately 2.8km with 25 laps. It was blessed by good weather on the race day and Race 1 started in temperature 32 degrees, track temperature 48 degrees. Azlan took the hole shot, leading Fujiwara, Kobayashi, Md Zamri Baba (Yamaha) and Tamada. In the second lap, Fujiwara passed Azlan taking top spot briefly, but Azlan chased again and retook the lead when they were joined by Baba, developed to the top 3 fight. The close battle of Azlan and Fujiwara was continued to the later stage but Azlan was able to maintain top position to the finish line and took victory. Fujiwara came second, followed by Baba in third. Kobayashi took 4th after fighting with Tamada. Koyama 7th, Zaqhwan 13th , Iwata 14th.

In Race 2, temperature went lower to 30.7 degree and track temperature to 39.0 degree. The holeshot was Fujiwara, Azlan chased in second. Baba and Tamada followed the two, Kobayashi was in behind. Ahmad Fuad Baharudin (Kawasaki), Yuki Ito (Yamaha), M・Fadli(Kawasaki) and Koyama fighting for sixth. Top duel fought by Azlan and Fujiwara came to the last lap. Azlan passed Fujiwara going into the first corner repeating the Race 1 battle, but Fujiwara tried again at the forth corner and took top spot for the victory. Azlan came in second this time. Behind them, Tamada came up to third after Baba slowed down because of some machine problems, Koyama came 5th winning the fierce battle finally. Zaqhwan came 9th . Iwata retired from the race after fell down. Azlan joined Fujiwara in top in the overall standings with 25 points, and he made the success in behalf of Kiyonari after his leaving.

Asia Dream Cup

Asia Dream Cup has begun as a scholarship for young Asian riders last year and total of 16 riders participated from Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, India, Philippines, Australia and Canada. In 2013, in its second year, 12 rookie riders joined to 5 who decided to continue and they ride the production Honda CBR250R which was developed based on Moto3 class vehicle. The 5 are Hiroki Ono from Japan, Kanatat Jaiman from Thailand, Md Jazil Juraimi from Singapore, Md Fitri Ashraf Razali from Malaysia and Garry Jr Agustin Caneda from Philipinnes, who will lead this class and be of target of rookies.

Japanese kurogi competes in this class for the first time. Also there are entries from China and Sri Lanka, the participating countries has increased. After Tamada who played an adviser last year went out to SS600, former MotoGP rider Shinya Nakano joined to Chojun Kameya and would teach young riders as advisers together.

Ono took pole position with 1'23" 387 in the opening round and further improved the time in the morning warm up session. He took hole shot in the race, increased the gap immediately and rushed to the flag without threatening from others. In Race 2, rain drops began to fall just after the start, but race was not stopped. Although it was developed to rough race with some riders fell down because of wet surface, Ono continued to ride well and built big advantage to run away. He kept top position until the flag and took superb double win. He performed perfect ride this week with finished all of the sessions in top and impressed his ability widely. Next to Ono, kurogi was fifth in Race 1 and retired from Race 2.

Makoto tamadazoom
Makoto tamada
Ryuta Kobayashizoom
Ryuta Kobayashi
Azlan Shah kamaruzaman : MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
SS600 Race Result: 1st / 2nd Championship position: 1st
“I'm satisfied with the machine settings because the work progressed smoothly according to our plan. We started the week in good shape and recorded fastest time in practice on first day. It was a shame that we could not get pole position in the official qualifying session, but we got the victory instead in Race 1. We must reflect about Race 2, because it was our mistake of race strategy. In the next round in Indoneshia,we will try to get double win taking advantage of this experience.”
Makoto tamada : MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
SS600 Race Result: 5th / 3rd Championship position: 3rd
“We have been struggling about settings since the week started. I have not any good feeling from tires on the ground. Therefore, we changed some settings in Race 2 and could follow the top guys for a while. I was going to take chance in the later stages but the top two were too fast and I rode alone to the flag. I am still satisfied with today's results. I think it was very good to get third and climbed on the podium in the first race of this season. My target in the next round will be to find best settings so that we get close to Azlan and Fujiwara and to join the winning battle along them.”
Ryuta Kobayashi : MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia
SS600 Race Result: 4th / 4th Championship position: 4th
“I was so far away from top group in Race 1 but my lap times were very good, almost the same as theirs. Furthermore, I recorded my fastest time on the last lap. With reviewed some settings, I tried to get close to the top guys aiming for the win in Race 2, but unfortunately I did not reach the top duel and ended up disappointing race. The tires were changed from Bridgestone to Dunlop this year. Although it was a big challenge for me, I think that I could get some fruits this weekend because I was able to understand where changes needed in my riding style. This will be the big help for me in the next couple of rounds. I will race in the winning group next time.”
Md Zaqhwan Zaidi : MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia
SS600 Race Result: 13th / 9th Championship position: 11th
“I am frustrated with both my lap times and the final result. I learned a lot this weekend so I will try to get higher position in the next race, taking advantage of today's experience.”
Hiroki Ono :
Asia Dream Cup Race Result: 1st / 1st Championship position: 1st
“I am satisfied with the results. The feeling of my bike and wet tires were very good and I was able to get the double win today. It must not be easy race next time because there are many fast riders this year, but I will try to win again.”
Reitoku Kurogi :
Asia Dream Cup Race Result: 5th / DNF Championship position: 9th
“We participated in the race in overseas for the first time. Honestly, I was so nervous because everything was new experience for me. The riders here are so aggressive, they surprised me and taught me a lot. Although our results were not very good this time, we want to use this experience to next so that we could raise some more positions.”
Hiroki Ono(#1)zoom
Hiroki Ono(#1)

2013 Asia Road Racing Championship
Round 01: Sepang – Malaysia

Supersports600cc - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
2Katsuaki Fujiwara (BEET Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
3 Md Zamri Baba (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
4Ryuta Kobayashi (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
5Makoto Tamada (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
6 Md Fadli Imammuddin (Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
7Tomoyoshi Koyama (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
10Peerawat Wongthananon (AP Honda Thailand / Honda)
11Ratthapong Wilairot (Thai Honda Racing Thailand / Honda)
13Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
14Satoru Iwata (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
15Sasitharen Sukumaran (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
-Thitipong Warakorn (AP Honda Thailand / Honda)
Supersports600cc - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Katsuaki Fujiwara (BEET Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
2Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
3Makoto Tamada (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
4Ryuta Kobayashi (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
5Tomoyoshi Koyama (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
6Yuki Ito (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
9Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
10Peerawat Wongthananon (AP Honda Thailand / Honda)
11Sasitharen Sukumaran (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
12Ratthapong Wilairot (Thai Honda Racing Thailand / Honda)
14Thitipong Warakorn (AP Honda Thailand / Honda)
-Satoru Iwata (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
Asia Dream Cup- Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Hiroki Ono (Honda)
2Jakkrit Swangswat (Honda)
3Kanatat Jaiman (Honda)
4Md Fitri Ashraf Razali (Honda)
5Reitoku Kurogi (Honda)
6Chuang An-Yu (Honda)
7Gerry Salim (Honda)
8Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda)
9Md Jazil Juraimi (Honda)
10Chen Yuan Hang (Honda)
11Sumit Loucs Toppo (Honda)
12Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (Honda)
13Garry Jr Agustin Caneda (Honda)
14Arunagiri Prabhu (Honda)
15Nicholas Aaron Waters (Honda)
16Ned Ernest Daniel (Honda)
17Zhou Sheng Jun Jie (Honda)
-Md Dwi Satria (Honda)
Asia Dream Cup- Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Hiroki Ono (Honda)
2Md Fitri Ashraf Razali (Honda)
3Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda)
4Gerry Salim (Honda)
5Zhou Sheng Jun Jie (Honda)
6Nicholas Aaron Waters (Honda)
7Ned Ernest Daniel (Honda)
8Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (Honda)
9Chen Yuan Hang (Honda)
10Garry Jr Agustin Caneda (Honda)
11Kanatat Jaiman (Honda)
-Arunagiri Prabhu (Honda)
-Reitoku Kurogi (Honda)
-Chuang An-Yu (Honda)
-Md Dwi Satria (Honda)
-Sumit Loucs Toppo (Honda)
-Jakkrit Swangswat (Honda)
-Md Jazil Juraimi (Honda)

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