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2013 Asia Road Racing Championship

Round 04: Suzuka – Japan

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Japan
September 1, 2013

Aslan made a big step forward to his first title with 2nd and 3rd today in ARRC.
Makoto tamada was absent from the race unfortunately.
Hiroki Ono had double-win strongly in Asia Dream Cup.

Asia Road Racing Championship was held for the first time at Suzuka in Mie prefecture today. This is its 4th round of this season and Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman of MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing is leading the championship with followed by his team mate, Makoto Tamada in second.

Azlan Shah Kamaruzamanzoom
Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman
Azlan Shah Kamaruzamanzoom
Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman

Tamada was injured after the crash in the qualifying session of Suzuka 8-Hours, and had surgery on broken scapula, collarbone, left ankle and the loss of left middle fingertip. He left the hospital on 13th August and had underwent rehabilitation preparing for this race, but his team found that he has not fit enough yet and decided to cancel his participation after the first free practice on 31.

Aslan took pole position smoothly as expected and said that he would dedicate it to his team mate. Followed were Shinichi Nakatomi (Yamaha) in second and Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki) in third with making the front row. The second row was Satoru Iwata (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation) in 4th, Hiromichi Kunigawa(akai sanrin sya Racing team), a wild card, in 5th and Ryuta Kobayashi (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia) in 6th. Tomoyoshi Koyama (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation) and Yuki Ito (Yamaha) followed in 8th and 9th.

In Race 1, Nakatomi and Fujiwara went front into the first corner and Aslan followed them in third. Aslan started to push hard immediately, catching Fujiwara at the first corner, further chased Nakatomi and past him at the 110R corner to retake the top position on Lap 2. Although Aslan allowed them go front once again on Lap 4, he pushed hard continuously to pass Nakatomi back on Lap 6 and further tried to Fujiwara at corners bravely.

In the next moment, raindrops started to fall at the first corner. As it became harder, Kobayashi who recorded best lap today crashed out and Ito went off the track from the 4th place battle. The race was stopped 2 laps later with red flag, while Aslan, Fujiwara and Nakatomi were still fighting each other for the lead.

Final results were decided according to the orders after 7 laps. The winner was Nakatomi, Aslan came second and Fujiwara followed in third. Followed them were, Kobayashi (4th), Ito (5th), Iwata (6th), Koyama (7th) and Kunigawa (8th).

Race 2 started in the dry condition. Although Aslan took the hole shot, Fujiwara came in front and Kobayashi followed him in second. Followed them were Aslan, Ito and Nakatomi. Kobayashi took the top position at Degner Curve on lap 2 but Fujiwara retook immediately.

In the beginning of the race, there were almost 10 riders in the top group. Some of them were could not match that pace and Fujiwara, Aslan, Kobayashi, Ito and Kunigawa were left forming the 5 way battle for the lead.

On lap 6, Nakatomi took top position at Dunlop corner. Behind him, Aslan and Fujiwara continued to fight for second place and changed positions many times. Aslan went into gravel after trying to catch Fujiwara at hairpin curve because of his over-speed. His second try was finally achieved on lap 12, but was retaken by Fujiwara again at “130R". Aslan tried once again at the final Chicane without giving up, but there was no success as a result. Nakatomi crossed the line first, Fujiwara and Aslan followed in second and third. After them were Kobayashi (4th), Ito (5th), Kunigawa (6th) and Koyama (7th).

Asia Dream Cup

Hiroki Ono won the fourth pole position consecutively in Asia Dream Cup. It was cloudy in the morning but raindrops started to fall just before the race. It was expected to be a difficult race because the track condition was not stable.

Ono made a good start to get hole shot and took the lead for a while. He came down to third after being past by Fitri and Dwi on Lap 6, but took them back immediately on the next lap. Ono, Fitri and Dwi changed positions each other and kept fierce battle fighting for the win. After Fitri took the lead On Lap13, there were some back markers appeared and made the battle complicated. Ono kept his pace bravely until the end and caught them on the last lap to take the win. Tak Kuroki joined the second group for 4th place and took 5th as a result.

Ono took hole shot and began to run away in Race 2 which started in the dry condition. It started rain again at S corner and further heavier after Lap 9, but Ono kept the lead constantly and took his second win today.

Behind Ono, 11 machines formed the second group. 4 of them started to spread their advantages gradually and kept fighting each other until the last lap. On the last lap, there was an accident with 4 machines crashed out. As a result, jaiman came second and nakarin followed in third. Kuroki finished his race in 8th place.

Azlan Shah Kamaruzamanzoom
Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman
Hiroki Onozoom
Hiroki Ono
Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman : MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
SS600 Race Result: 2nd / 3rd Championship position: 1st
“In Race 1, the track condition was very tricky because some sections were dry and the others were wet. Challenged to escape from the start aiming for the win, but both Nakatomi and Fujiwara followed closely and three of us had exciting battle until the end. I had kept pushing with my fighting spirit, but in the next moment, we saw a red flag to stop the race because of rain. Considering the situation, I think it was good to take second place safely. I tried to win again in Race 2, but Nakatomi and Fujiwara were too strong to beat. Although I could not satisfied with the result, I think it was good to take some points for the championship. I will try my best to take winning in the next round at Autopolis!”
Makoto Tamada : MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
SS600 Race Result: DNS / DNS Championship position: 4th
“I have been worked hard to recover from the injuries suffered in Suzuka 8-Hours, because I wanted to show Aslan my attitude that trying best effort to ride without giving up under any circumstances. I also wanted to defend the title of this class which Ryuichi Kiyonari won last year. So, my will for the race were very strong, but I found myself after free practice that my fitness was not 100% back yet. I know it would not good for my team as well and decided not to ride. I will continue to try my best to get my fitness back by the next round at Autopolis next week.”
Hiroki Ono :
Asia Dream Cup Race Result: 1st / 1st Championship position: 1st
“I knew it would be a difficult race after rain started, so tried to calm down to keep my pace in that situation. I am satisfied with my performance on the last lap, it was very nice to take victory in front of Japanese fans. I was going to run away from the beginning in Race 2 because we had a good track condition. Although it started rain in the late stages, I was still able to keep my constant pace to take the second win. I will try my best in the next round at Autopolis again.”
Reitoku Kurogi :
Asia Dream Cup Race Result: 5th / 8th Championship position: 13th
“I am less experienced in the rain and it was difficult for me to push with slick tires on the wet condition. I thought I had advantages at Suzuka because I rode several times on Mini Moto Endurance, but the East Course was not the case. I’m from Miyazaki, so will try my best aiming for the top positions at my home course Autopolis.”

2013 Asia Road Racing Championship
Round 04: Suzuka – Japan

Supersports600cc - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Shinichi Nakatomi (RC koshien / Yamaha)
2 Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
3 Katsuaki Fujiwara (BEET Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
4 Ryuta Kobayashi (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
5 Yuki Ito (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
6 Satoru Iwata (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
7 Tomoyoshi Koyama (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
8 Hiromichi Kunikawa (akai sanrin sya Racing team / Honda)
14 Peerawat Wongthananon (A.P. Honda Thailand / Honda)
17 Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
18 Ratthapong Wilairot (Thai Honda Racing Thailand / Honda)
19 Yoshitaka Miyajima (TOHO RACING CLUB / Honda)
20 Jakkrit Swangswat (A.P. Honda Thailand / Honda)
DNF Dimas Ekky Pratama (Astra Motor Racing Team / Honda)
Supersports600cc - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Shinichi Nakatomi (RC Koshien / Yamaha)
2Katsuaki Fujiwara (BEET Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
3Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
4 Ryuta Kobayashi (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
5Yuki Ito (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
6Mitsunori Okamura (Faito Tsukigi Racing / Kawasaki)
7Tomoyoshi Koyama (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
11Ratthapong Wilairot (Thai Honda Racing Thailand / Honda)
12Yoshitaka Miyajima (TOHO RACING CLUB / Honda)
13Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
15Jakkrit Swangswat (AP Honda Thailand / Honda)
DNFSatoru Iwata (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
DNFHiromichi Kunikawa (akai sanrin sya Racing team / Honda)
DNFDimas Ekky Pratama (Astra Motor Racing Team / Honda)
DNFPeerawat Wongthananon (AP Honda Thailand / Honda)
Asia Dream Cup- Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Hiroki Ono (Honda)
2 Md Fitri Ashraf Razali (Honda)
3 Gerry Salim (Honda)
4 Chuang An-Yu (Honda)
5 Reitoku Kurogi (Honda)
6 Kanatat Jaiman (Honda)
7 Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (Honda)
8 Muklada Sarapuech (Honda)
9 Nicholas Aaron Waters (Honda)
10 Md Dwi Satria (Honda)
11 Chen Yuan Hang (Honda)
12 Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda)
13 Sumit Loucs Toppo (Honda)
14 Ned Ernest Daniel (Honda)
15 Zhou Sheng Jun Jie (Honda)
16 Md Jazil Juraimi (Honda)
17 Garry Jr Agustin Caneda (Honda)
DNF Sarath Kumar (Honda)
DNF 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)
5Muklada Sarapuech (Honda)
6Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda)
7Nicholas Aaron Waters (Honda)
8Reitoku Kurogi (Honda)
9Zhou Sheng Jun Jie (Honda)
10Md Jazil Juraimi (Honda)
11Chen Yuan Hang (Honda)
12Sarath Kumar Shankar (Honda)
13Arunagiri Prabhu (Honda)
14Garry Jr Agustin Caneda (Honda)
DNFKanatat Jaiman (Honda)
DNFMd Dwi Satria (Honda)
DNFChuang An-Yu (Honda)
DNFNed Ernest Daniel (Honda)
DNFSumit Loucs Toppo (Honda)

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