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2013 Asia Road Racing Championship

Round 02: Sentul – Indonesia

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Indonesia
Indonesia
May 19, 2013

A win and a second moved Aslan into the top place in the standings

The second round of Asia Road Racing Championship was held at Sentul circuit in Indonesia. 3.964km track is famous for its 900m long straight, but also well known as the course that has rough surface and many gaps among the riders. The surface was renewed recently, but gaps rather increased because of the way of repairing with cement first and then made asphalt pavement on it. As a result, it became more difficult for them to set the bike properly. The weather condition did not help either. It rained before the qualifying session start and its effect was remained, the surface was dry in the first half of the course and there were some wet patches left in the second half.

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Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman
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Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman

Local rider Ahmad Fuad Baharudin(Kawasaki) topped the time sheet in the beginning of the session before Aslan Shah Kamaruzaman (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing)and Md Zamri Baba (Yamaha) dropped under that time. Aslan marked 1’30”383 in the final minutes, breaking the lap record of 1’30”527 which was recorded by himself in 2012 and took pole position for the race. Aslan said, “I have been struggled for setting the machine because the track was half wet and half dry. In the final stage, I didn’t worry about lap times, just rushed into the course. So, I was very surprised after coming home and knowing that my previous record was updated by myself.” Baba came second in front of Fadli who was in third. Makoto Tamada (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing )accomplished the long run, trying to learn the course where he rode for the first time, and managed to take sixth position as a result. His teammates, Ryuta Kobayashi(MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia)and Zaqhwan Zaidi(MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia)took 9th and 10th position. Tomoyoshi Koyama and Satoru Iwata of NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation took 13th and 17th in the qualifying session.

Temperatures rose over 30 degrees and track temperatures have risen by more than 50 degrees on the race day. Aslan took holeshot followed by Fadli, Baba, and Katsuaki Fujiwara(Kawasaki), and led the race until Baba came in front on lap 5, then also Fadli on lap 6. The top four fought hard for win changing positions many times. Although Aslan retook the top position on lap 7, Fadli came again on lap 8 and kept the position until lap 10. Aslan who had been followed Fadli watching him from behind took a chance on lap 11 finally. Once he led the race again, opened up the advantages quickly and crossed the line for the second win of the season. Koyama was 6th, Kobayashi was 11th, Iwata was 20th.

In the beginning of Race 2, Fadli led the race but the top group battle was more of the same as Race 1. Aslan who aimed at winning streak followed Fadli in second, Baba in third and Fujiwara in fourth. Fujiwara lost some positions after lap 12 because of some technical problems and after he retired from the battle, Baba, Aslan and Fadli showed the 3 way fight until the end. Although Aslan tried to keep the top position, Baba jumped into the last corner a little faster to take win. Aslan came home in second only 0.278 seconds later, followed by Fadli in third. Tamada came 4th after passing Fujiwara. Fujiwara took 5th. Koyama was 12th, Iwata was 16th. Kobayashi had a crash but remount and re-joined the race to take 18th.

The result keeps Aslan in top position in the overall standings building the big lead to Fujiwara in second. Aslan and Fujiwara was in top with same points after the first race of the season. Now Aslan has 90 points, 21 points lead to Fujiwara who has 69 points.

Asia Dream Cup

Hiroki Ono took pole position in qualifying session of the Asia Dream Cup, who was saying that “I want to get the best grid with using all my ability, although I feel the surface is so bumpy and dangerous.” Followed him are the local Dwi Satria and Gerry Salim. Satria aims race win saying that he absolutely wants to get victory at his home course. Reitoku Kuroki took 6th position.

Ono, Jakkrit Swangswat, and local Satria and Salim showed close battle in Race 1, changing positions in each corner. Ono was trying to take top position after getting out from the last corner in second, but fifteen years old Khairul Idham Pawi, the youngest rider in the Asia Dream Cup, cleverly used slipstream and came in front to take his first victory. Pawi expressed his joy after the race, “I am very happy to defeat Ono, such a talented rider.” Ono took second with only 0.031 seconds of difference. The third was Swangswat, Satria supported by local fans took 4th. Kurogi crossed the line in 9th place.

Race 2 developed almost the same as Race 1. But Ono got out from the last corner in third this time and used slipstream to run away. The strategy worked and Ono got victory finally. Joined him on the podium are Salim in second and Nakarin Atiratphuvapat in third. Kurogi unfortunately retired from the race. Ono keeps top spot in the standings with a total of 95 points after round 2 of the season. The second spot is Fitri who collected a total of 57 points. Khairul, the winner of Race 1 moved up to third with a total of 55 points.

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Makoto Tamada
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Hiroki Ono
Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman : MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
SS600 Race Result: 1st / 2nd Championship position: 1st
“It was very tough race for me because it was much hotter than last year. Also the rivals were so strong, the top battle was tight. I am very happy to take victory in Race 1 because I didn’t have any confidence. Although I worried a little after some rain drops fell down on the track before the start of Race 2, there was no influence and able to start without any problems. I am very frustrated being second after the hard fight on the last lap, because I had determined to take double win. But one win and one second are also very good, so I want to say thank you to my team staff who had been helped me a lot. I will take double next time! Please wait until then.”
Makoto Tamada : MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
SS600 Race Result: 5th / 4th Championship position: 4th
“It was very difficult race because I could not make good settings to use the best performance of the machine. Making use of reflection, changed some in Race 2, it looks better but still not perfect to ride how I want. Aslan rode two good races to take win and second, I am glad to see his great performance as a teammate. I am determined strongly to do my best without giving up to join him on the podium next time. We know what the problem is, so we will make out measures to solve them until next race. I will promise you to take better results!!”
Ryuta Kobayashi : MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia
SS600 Race Result: 11th / 18th Championship position: 9th
“It was difficult to ride the bike with the way that I wanted, because I was not able to adapt myself to the bumpy surface initially. I was stuck in a group of some riders in the beginning of Race 1, so I tried to follow the top guys closely in Race 2 from the start. Actually I managed to past some riders and came up to the fifth on lap 3, but unfortunately I fell down next moment. I am really frustrating because I have not been able to find good rhythm throughout the weekend. I hope to regain my pace and get a good result in the race of All Japan Championships which will be held at Autopolis to repay the effort of my team.”
Hiroki Ono :
Asia Dream Cup Race Result: 2nd / 1st
“It was a pity that I could not continue the winning streak, but it’s not so bad because I still maintain the lead in the standings with two good results which are a win and a second. I was struggled to set up the machine fitting to the surface condition. I am grateful to my mechanics who had worked hard to the end to prepare good machine for me. Now I am looking forward to the next race in India where I am going to visit for the first time. I will try my best to take double win like the opening round.”
Reitoku Kurogi :
Asia Dream Cup Race Result: 9th / DNF
“It took time to adapt myself to the track condition because it has very rough surface and there are many gaps on it. I am not satisfied with the results of 9th and DNF, because my lap times were not so bad and I still thought I had a good chance in the races. Actually I am very disappointed after reconsidering of my races, thinking a lot of things and riding many laps for practicing in Japan, and I finally understood my weak points now. I will try my best to overcome these points and will aim to get the podium or victory if I have chances in the next round.”

2013 Asia Road Racing Championship
Round 02: Sentul – Indonesia

Supersports600cc - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
2Md Zamri Baba (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
3 M. Fadli Imamuddin(Manual-Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
4 Katsuaki Fujiwara (BEET Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
5 Makoto Tamada (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
6Tomoyoshi Koyama (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
9Thitipong Warakorn (AP Honda Thailand / Honda)
11 Ryuta Kobayashi (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
12 Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
13 Dimas Ekky Pratama (Astra Motor Racing Team / Honda)
15Peerawat Wongthananon (AP Honda Thailand / Honda)
16 Denny Triyugo Laksono (Astra Motor Racing Team / Honda)
18Ratthapong Wilairot (Thai Honda Racing Thailand / Honda)
20Satoru Iwata (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
Supersports600cc - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Md Zamri Baba (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
2 Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
3M. Fadli Imamuddin(Manual-Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
4 Makoto Tamada (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
5Katsuaki Fujiwara (BEET Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
6 Yuki Ito (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
9Dimas Ekky Pratama (Astra Motor Racing Team / Honda)
10 Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
11Thitipong Warakorn (AP Honda Thailand / Honda)
12Tomoyoshi Koyama (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
13Denny Triyugo Laksono (Astra Motor Racing Team / Honda)
15Peerawat Wongthananon (AP Honda Thailand / Honda)
16Satoru Iwata (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
18 Ryuta Kobayashi (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
- Ratthapong Wilairot (Thai Honda Racing Thailand / Honda)
Asia Dream Cup- Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda)
2Hiroki Ono (Honda)
3Jakkrit Swangswat (Honda)
4Md Dwi Satria (Honda)
5Md Fitri Ashraf Razali (Honda)
6Chuang An-Yu (Honda)
7Gerry Salim (Honda)
8Kanatat Jaiman (Honda)
9Reitoku Kurogi (Honda)
10Zhou Sheng Jun Jie (Honda)
11Nicholas Aaron Waters (Honda)
12Sumit Loucs Toppo (Honda)
13Ned Ernest Daniel (Honda)
14Garry Jr Agustin Caneda (Honda)
15Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (Honda)
16Chen Yuan Hang (Honda)
-Md Jazil Juraimi (Honda)
-Arunagiri Prabhu (Honda)
Asia Dream Cup- Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Hiroki Ono ( Honda)
2Gerry Salim (Honda)
3Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (Honda)
4Md Fitri Ashraf Razali (Honda)
5Jakkrit Swangswat (Honda)
6 M. Dwi Satria (Honda)
7Chuang An-Yu (Honda)
8Kanatat Jaiman (Honda)
9Md Jazil Juraimi (Honda)
10Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda)
11Sumit Loucs Toppo (Honda)
12Chen Yuan Hang (Honda)
13Nicholas Aaron Waters (Honda)
14Garry Jr Agustin Caneda (Honda)
15Ned Ernest Daniel (Honda)
16Zhou Sheng Jun Jie (Honda)
-Reitoku Kurogi (Honda)
-Arunagiri Prabhu (Honda)

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