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2013 Asia Road Racing Championship

Round 03: Madras – India

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India
July 14, 2013

Makoto Tamada Marked His First Win With Double!
Aslan Keeps The Top Ranking With Two Seconds!

Asia Road Racing Championship Round 3 was held in India for the first time in two years since 2011. The venue is Madras Motor Track (total length =3.717 km) located in the outskirts of Chennai, a city on the East coast of India. It received some repair work and drastically changed, now it has new pit lane and new tyre wall, some corners were also revised.

Makoto Tamadazoom
Makoto Tamada
Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman, Makoto Tamadazoom
Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman, Makoto Tamada

It has been so hot since first day with temperatures rising to 40 degrees. The race was also held in the intense heat as track temperatures reached to 65 degrees on Sunday. Although the conditions were not perfect with much sand on the track after it rained heavily, the previous lap record of 1m 44.100s marked by Decha Krisart (Yamaha) in 2011 was updated by Aslan Shah Kamaruzaman (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing). Aslan took the pole position with new lap record of 1m 42.785s. His team-mate, Makoto Tamada, came second with recording 1m 43.593s.

In Race 1, Tamada stealed top position on lap 3 after dropping back at the start. Team-mate Aslan followed him and came front on lap 5. Joining them was Md Zamri Baba (Yamaha), but his pace was not enough to fight with top duel and dropped back gradually. Aslan and Tamada continued their hard battle until the last lap, Tamada jumped into inside and past Aslan to take his first victory in Asia Road Racing Championship.

This is the first win for him in 9 years after he won the MotoGP in Japanese round in 2004. Aslan followed him with only a small gap to take second. Baba joined them on the last position of the podium. As for other Japanese riders, Tomoyoshi Koyama (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation) came 5th , Yuki Ito (Yamaha) came 6th, Ryuta Kobayashi (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia) came 7th, Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki) came 9th , Makoto Inagaki (Yamaha) came 10th, Satoru Iwata (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation) came 11th and Mitsunori Okamura (Kawaski) came 13th.

In Race 2, Tamada took the hole shot into turn one and led Aslan, Ito and Baba. Tamada kept the lead for a while before crashing on lap 10. He was high-sided and was hit on the ground with his bike. The red flag was held because there was some oil leaked from his machine and the race was finished after 9 laps. The winner was Tamada who led the race on lap 9, and he achieved the double win as a result. Aslan took 2nd again, followed by Baba in 3rd. The other Japanese were, Ito came 4th, Kobayashi came 5th, Fujiwara came 7th, Koyama came 8th, Iwata came 10th, Inagaki came 11th and Okamura came 12th.

The Championship points were reduced to half because 9 laps were not enough to make the race completed according to the regulation. The result of double win still puts Tamada in second position in the Championship and Aslan keeps top position.

Asia Dream Cup

Asia Dream Cup was held in India for the first time. The riders used time for studying new track and checking their settings during this week. Hiroki Ono was struggled initially, but took the pole position in the end for the 3rd successive time.

Ono made the good start and led the Race 1. It was not possible to run away but he managed to keep the top position to the checkered flag after battling hard with two other riders.

Race 2 was stopped with red flag after the crash in the last corner on the opening lap. The race was restarted but wad cut to the 8 laps' fight. The top battle was so tight same as Race 1, Ono kept the lead again to take his second victory today. His first double win in this season gave him a lot of Championship points and it is enough for him to keep the top position in the Championship. July 15th is his birthday. He gave himself a wonderful present on his last day of 20 of age. Reitoku Kurogi was hit by another and crashed unfortunately to retire from both races.

Makoto Tamadazoom
Makoto Tamada
Hiroki Onozoom
Hiroki Ono
Makoto Tamada : MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
SS600 Race Result: 1st / 1st Championship position: 2nd
“I am very grateful to the team and Nakazawa, my chief mechanic, who prepared such a strong machine which could win in the difficult conditions. There was a bit of luck in the Race 2, but I think I can be glad to take this double win. Although I feel little pain in the back, legs and arms, it looks there is no broken bones fortunately. I will review my physical condition and be get ready for Suzuka 8-hours to aim the victory”
Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman : MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
SS600 Race Result: 2nd / 2nd Championship position: 1st
“It was very tough race because of high temperature and high track temperature. However pole position was mine, I was beaten by Tamada. I am very pleased as his team-mate, but very disappointed as a racing rider. I will try harder than ever aiming to wining the Championship. I know I need to reflect and overcome my weak points to win in any conditions”
Ryuta Kobayashi : MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia
SS600 Race Result: 7th / 5th Championship position: 8th
“Although I had been riding very good and felt comfortable on the bike during this week, it was not possible to getting away from the second group after making a mistake in the middle of the Race 1. The position was down 7th as a result. I tried my best aiming to recover in the Race 2, but I came down to 5th after very good start. I was very disappointed because I expected that it was possible to go front this time. I definitely must revenge in the next Japanese round”
Hiroki Ono :
Asia Dream Cup Race Result: 1st / 1st Championship position: 1st
“It was the first time for me to ride this track, so I have been much more focused on studying this circuit and the machine set up from the first day. I wanted to get away, but both races were developed to the hard battle until the last minute. Fortunately, I was managed to get past in the last lap and achieved the double win. 15th July is my birthday. I am very happy riding these great races on the last day of my 20s. I want to say thank you to my family, sponsors and all the fans for their support”
Reitoku Kurogi :
Asia Dream Cup Race Result: DNF / DNS Championship position: 13th
“On the first look, I was surprised to see there was much sand on the track, but I found it was not so bad actually after riding. In the race, I was hit by someone and fell down. I am very frustrated because this was my fault riding on the line where another could hit me. I need to put this behind and try my best in the Japanese round”

2013 Asia Road Racing Championship
Round 03: Madras – India

Supersports600cc - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Makoto Tamada (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
2 Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
3 Md Zamri Baba (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
4 Thitipong Warakorn (A.P. Honda Thailand / Honda)
5 Tomoyoshi Koyama (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
6 Yuki Ito (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
7 RyutaKobayashi (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
8 Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
11 Satoru Iwata (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
12 Peerawat Wongthananon (A.P. Honda Thailand / Honda)
15 Ratthapong Wilairot (Thai Honda Racing Thailand / Honda)
Supersports600cc - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Makoto Tamada (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
2 Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
3 Md Zamri Baba (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
4 Yuki Ito (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
5 RyutaKobayashi (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
6 Thitipong Warakorn (A.P. Honda Thailand / Honda)
8 Tomoyoshi Koyama (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
9 Peerawat Wongthananon (A.P. Honda Thailand / Honda)
10 Satoru Iwata (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
16 Ratthapong Wilairot (Thai Honda Racing Thailand / Honda)
20 Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
Asia Dream Cup- Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Hiroki Ono (Honda)
2 Md Dwi Satria (Honda)
3 Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda)
4 Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (Honda)
5 Jakkrit Swangswat (Honda)
6 Gerry Salim (Honda)
7 Md Fitri Ashraf Razali (Honda)
8 Chuang An-Yu (Honda)
9 Kanatat Jaiman (Honda)
10 Sumit Loucs Toppo (Honda)
11 Nicholas Aaron Waters (Honda)
12 Arunagiri Prabhu (Honda)
13 Md Jazil Juraimi (Honda)
14 Garry Jr Agustin Caneda (Honda)
DNF Reitoku Kurogi (Honda)
Asia Dream Cup- Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Hiroki Ono (Honda)
2 Gerry Salim (Honda)
3 Md Fitri Ashraf Razali (Honda)
4 Md Dwi Satria (Honda)
5 Jakkrit Swangswat (Honda)
6 Kanatat Jaiman (Honda)
7 Chuang An-Yu (Honda)
8 Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda)
9 Nicholas Aaron Waters (Honda)
10 Sumit Loucs Toppo (Honda)
11 Arunagiri Prabhu (Honda)
12 Md Jazil Juraimi (Honda)
13 Garry Jr Agustin Caneda (Honda)
DNS Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (Honda)
DNS Reitoku Kurogi (Honda)

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