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2013 Asia Road Racing Championship

Round 05: Autopolis – Japan

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Japan
September 8, 2013

Aslan Defends Top Ranking with Two 3rds in Round 5

Hiroki Ono Takes Championship in Asia Dream Cup

The fifth round of Asia Road Racing Championship was held with an All-Japan Road Racing Championship at the same time at Autopolis in Oita prefecture. Makoto Tamada of MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing decided to cancel the race because he had to concentrate on recovery from his injury.

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

Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki) took the pole position in the qualifying session which was held in dry condition after the typhoon had gone. The second was a wild-card, Shinichi Nakatomi (Yamaha). Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman took the final position of the front row. Tomoyoshi Koyama (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation) came 6th, Ryuta Kobayashi (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia) came 7th and Satoru Iwata (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation) came 8th.

Race 1 was held on Saturday. Aslan made a good start to take a hole shot but was passed by Fujiwara and Kobayashi in the next moment. Aslan got past Kobayashi on the second lap and started to chase Fujiwara again. Besides, Nakatomi and Yuki Ito (Yamaha) found their pace and caught up from behind to join the top battle. The five way battle was continued to the final lap. Although Aslan retook the second position from Nakatomi on lap 12, he could not keep it and crossed the line in third after Fujiwara and Nakatomi. Koyama, Iwata and Kobayashi came home in 6th, 7th and 8th.

In Race 2, which was held on Sunday, the hole shot was Nakatomi. Fujiwara and Aslan followed him. Aslan paced up to take the lead immediately and tried to run away, but Nakatomi and Fujiwara kept pushing from behind. The three changed positions several times for the top, while Zamri Baba (Yamaha) and Ito caught up and joined the battle.

On lap 6, Aslan passed Nakatomi to take the second place, further he caught Fujiwara and came in front again at the first corner on the next lap. But the battle was not finished yet. Fujiwara took the top position back immediately, and these three continued fighting after that until the end. On the last lap, Fujiwara kept Nakatomi in behind to make the double win after Race 1. Nakatomi followed him in second and Aslan came third. Koyama and Kobayashi came home in 6th and 7th. Iwata crossed the line in 10th.

In the press conference, Aslan was asked about his participation in Moto 2 and answered that he wants to have a lot of experience in the class. His best rival, Fujiwara encouraged Aslan saying “I wish you to compete with the pride as an Asian rider”.

Asia Dream Cup

Ono, who is in the top ranking in the Asia Dream Cup, was able to take the championship if he had a win in Race 1. He got a hole shot after started from 3rd on the grid but could not run away, and many riders joined in the top group. Although Ono took the lead on lap 6, he was passed by Khairul two laps later, further Millada showed strong pace to catch up from 5th position to go in front on the next lap. The top battle was developed to be harder and harder with machines was hit each other on the last lap. The winner was Jelly, Milladaand Kanatat followed him and they took their first podium as a result. Ono came home in 4th.

Taking 7th position in Race 2, Ono will be a champion. Kuroki cancelled the race 2 after crashing out in Race 1. On 8th, the race day, although it rained a little in the morning, it became fine and the race was held in the dry condition. Ono went into the first corner in the third position. Like Race 1, there were many riders battling in the top group and changed positions each other. Ono took the first position on lap 4 but was passed by Filtri on the next lap. Ono took the first position on lap 7 but was passed by Dwi on the next lap.

On lap 9, Ono took the top position again but it was Filtri who came into the last lap first and kept it until the line. Disappointing Ono came in second and achieved the title finally without waiting for the final round. Dwi came third. In the press conference, he received applause after the announcement by ADDC staff about his participation in the Motegi GP.

Azlan Shah Kamaruzamanzoom
Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman
Hiroki Onozoom
Hiroki Ono
Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman : MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
SS600 Race Result: 3rd / 3rd Championship position: 1st
“I am very frustrated after getting third as a result of the 3 way battle. Although I knew they were too strong to beat, I really wanted to win. In Race 2, the bike ran better after changed some settings of front and rear suspensions, but still could not reach them. It was so frustrating. I won't forget this feeling and will push harder aiming for the championship in the last round.”
Makoto Tamada : MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
SS600 Race Result: Race Cancel Championship position: 4th
“I was worried about Aslan because there were many riders who were from the outside of the Asia Road Racing Championship this time. But that didn't need at all. He showed his big progress by competing the top battle magnificently. I wish him to continue to grow, and I want to fit until the final round in Qatar to support him firmly.”
Hiroki Ono :
Asia Dream Cup Race Result: 4th / 2nd Championship position: 1st
“In the Dream Cup, the machine would be decided by lottery. I think it was not for me this time and I had been struggling to setup during the race week. I changed my riding style to suit the bike while making the set up, but it was not enough to run away. I was not able to get the podium in Race 1 after having 4th, and I managed to get it with second in Race 2. Although it was very frustrating not to win, I think it was good to grab the title on the podium. I want to say thank you to all the people who had been supported me and I will do my best in the Motegi GP for them.”

2013 Asia Road Racing Championship
Round 04: Autopolis – Japan

Supersports600cc - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Katsuaki Fujiwara (BEET Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
2Shinichi Nakatomi (RC Koshien / Yamaha)
3Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
4Md Zamri Baba (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
5Yuki Ito (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
6Tomoyoshi Koyama (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
7Satoru Iwata (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
8RyutaKobayashi (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
9Ratthapong Wilairot (Thai Honda Racing Thailand / Honda)
11Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
14Jakkrit Swangswat (AP Honda Thailand / Honda)
17Shogo Nishiyama (RSG Racing / Honda)
20Yoshitaka Miyajima (TOHO RACING CLUB / Honda)
Supersports600cc - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Katsuaki Fujiwara (BEET Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
2Shinichi Nakatomi (RC Koshien / Yamaha)
3Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
4Md Zamri Baba (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
5Yuki Ito (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
6Tomoyoshi Koyama (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
7RyutaKobayashi (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
10Satoru Iwata (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
11Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
12Ratthapong Wilairot (Thai Honda Racing Thailand / Honda)
13Jakkrit Swangswat (AP Honda Thailand / Honda)
14Shogo Nishiyama (RSG Racing / Honda)
DNFYoshitaka Miyajima (TOHO RACING CLUB / Honda)
Asia Dream Cup- Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Gerry Salim (Honda)
2Muklada Sarapuech (Honda)
3Kanatat Jaiman (Honda)
4Hiroki Ono (Honda)
5Md Fitri Ashraf Razali (Honda)
6Chuang An-Yu (Honda)
7Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda)
8Md Dwi Satria (Honda)
9Sumit Loucs Toppo (Honda)
10Chen Yuan Hang (Honda)
11Arunagiri Prabhu (Honda)
12Nicholas Aaron Waters (Honda)
13Sarath Kumar Shankar (Honda)
14Garry Jr Agustin Caneda (Honda)
15Ned Ernest Daniel (Honda)
DNFNakarin Atiratphuvapat (Honda)
DNFReitoku Kurogi (Honda)
DNFMd Jazil Juraimi (Honda)
Asia Dream Cup- Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Md Fitri Ashraf Razali (Honda)
2Hiroki Ono (Honda)
3Md Dwi Satria (Honda)
4Gerry Salim (Honda)
5Chuang An-Yu (Honda)
6Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda)
7Nicholas Aaron Waters (Honda)
8Muklada Sarapuech (Honda)
9Kanatat Jaiman (Honda)
10Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (Honda)
11Chen Yuan Hang (Honda)
12Md Jazil Juraimi (Honda)
13Sumit Loucs Toppo (Honda)
14Arunagiri Prabhu (Honda)
15Sarath Kumar Shankar (Honda)
16Garry Jr Agustin Caneda (Honda)
17Ned Ernest Daniel (Honda)

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