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2013 Asia Road Racing Championship

Round 06: Losail – Qatar

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November 23, 2013

Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman Crowned Ornament for the First with Double Win

Hiroki Ono also Won Two Races

Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing), who led the championship after the 5th round at Suzuka, would race aiming for the first title in this final round. He had been attending in the Moto2 class from the 13th to the 18th round of the Road Racing World Championship before arriving at Losail International Circuit in Qatar to participate in this important race, the final round of the Asia Road Racing Championship. People are interested in the Azlan’s performance because he had raced in the different circumstances, working with different team and riding the different machine. Besides Azlan, Makoto Tamada also came back from the injury suffering at Suzuka 8-hours and would participate in the final round, although he was far from the perfect condition yet.

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Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman
Azlan Shah Kamaruzamanzoom
Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman

Azlan showed his pace and broke the record of Ryuichi Kiyonari, the defending champion and was Azlan’s team mate in the practice session. But Azlan was not satisfied with his riding, because he thought he could not change the style of Moto2 completely. In the qualifying session, Zamri Baba (Yamaha), Broc John Parkes (Yamaha) of wild card who had raced in the World Superbike Championship, Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki) and Azlan were competed and Azlan took the 4th pole position in the season.

In Race 1, Azlan demonstrated his pace again and went forward actively to lead the race. He started to run away from the pack and came home with enough advantage. Azlan increased the gap to Fujiwara who came second, so the title would be given to him if he got 0.5 more points in Race 2. Tomoyoshi Koyama (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation) was 8th, his team mate Satoru Iwata was 9th, Ryuta Kobayashi (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia) came 11th and Tamada finished the race in 20th place.

Race 2 was held with 13 laps, because it was reduced after the crash in the warm up laps. However only needed the 0.5 points, Azlan pushed hard and joined the top battle between Parkes, Fujiwara and Baba. The top 4 changed positions at corners several times from the early stages. Parkes added momentum and pushed hard Azlan in the end of the race, but Azlan managed to keep him behind and crossed the line to take the winning. The gap only 0.180 seconds between him. Followed was Fujiwara and Baba. Koyama came 8th, Kobayashi 9th, Iwata 15th and Tamada came 19th.

Azlan took the 12 podiums consecutively and took the title for the first time for Malasian in 12 years. Asia Road Racing rookie, Koyama and Kobayashi got 5th and 6th in the championship. Tamada was 8th, Iwata finished the season in 13th place.

Asia Dream Cup

Hiroki Ono already took the title of the Asia Dream Cup and showed his talent as a champion in the race. He moved from Spain to Qatar directly and arrived at Losail after attending the final round of Spanish Championship. He kept the good pace and recorded his best lap in the first practice. In Race 1, took the lead after starting and ran away to dominate the race. Race 2 was developed to the fierce battle of 10 riders. Kurogi pushed hard to chase Ono, but Ono managed to run away with 0.035 seconds to make the double win. Kurogi climbed up the podium for the first time and finished the season in 11th.

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MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
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Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman(#25)
Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman : MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
SS600 Race Results: 1st / 1st Championship position: 1st
“It was the big challenge for me this weekend. My team worked hard to make the bike set as good as possible. The battle was very fierce in Race 2 and pushed hard. Towards the end, I thought it would be dangerous if not the pace down, but I didn’t want to miss the winning in front of me. Fortunately, every things went well and I could have great moment here in Losail. I am very happy to win the championship after such exciting races. Thank you for all the support from sponsors, fans, my family and friends. Thank you very much.”
Ryuta Kobayashi : MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia
SS600 Race Results: 11th / 9th Championship position: 6th
“I was so keen to get good result because this is the final round of the season. But I was not able to find good pace after starting and that lasted until the end. I am very disappointed and I am grateful to our team, sponsors and all the people who support me for a year.”
Makoto Tamada : MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
SS600 Race Results: 20th / 19th Championship position: 8th
“I have been worked on rehabilitation preparing for this final round, but my injury has not well enough. Although it was not possible for me to show my level, I put my machine on the grid to finish the race. I could not push hard because I could not control the machine, but I could finish the race finally. I am grateful for the support of all the people concerned. Supporting Azlan was my role this year, so his success made me really happy. Having Broc John Parkes this time, the competition was much harder than usual. I am very glad to see Azlan had good races in this difficult situation. Nothing is decided about next year but I will definitely work hard in any situation for the Asia Road Racing.”
Hiroki Ono :
Asia Dream Cup Race Results: 1st / 1st Championship position: 1st
“It was an ideal win in Race 1 but I am not able to repeat the same way in Race 2. Even though it was not possible to run away from the pack, I could win again after hard battle. These are the perfect wins for me for the first time since Suzuka and I grabbed the title of the series finally. I think I could show you two good races as a champion in this final round. I want to say thank you to all the people concerned, sponsors and all the fans who support me throughout the season.”
Reitoku Kurogi :
Asia Dream Cup Race Results: 7th / 2nd Championship position: 11th
“Riding at night for the first time, I was struggled a bit initially but still able to learn more quickly than I thought. After riding 6th fastest in qualifying, I came up to the 4th because of the other riders’ penalty and I was 7th in Race 1, the last place of the top group without enough aggressiveness. In Race 2, the last race of the season, I could finish in second place among 10 top riders. I am very happy to get on the podium in the last of the lasts. The sponsors, fans and all the people who support us deserved the credit for this success. I am grateful for their support in the future as well.”

2013 Asia Road Racing Championship
Round 06: Losail – Qatar

Supersports 600cc - Race 1 Results
Rank Rider (Team)
1Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
2Katsuaki Fujiwara (BEET Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
3Md Zamri Baba (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
4Broc John Parkes (Akeno Speed Racing Team / Yamaha)
5Yuki Ito (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
6A H Yudhistira (Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
8Tomoyoshi Koyama (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
9Satoru Iwata (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
10Ratthapong Wilairot (Thai Honda Racing Thailand / Honda)
11 Ryuta Kobayashi (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
13Jakkrit Swangswat (AP Honda Thailand / Honda)
16Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
20Makoto Tamada (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
Supersports 600cc - Race 2 Results
Rank Rider (Team)
1Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
2Broc John Parkes (Akeno Speed Racing Team / Yamaha)
3Katsuaki Fujiwara (BEET Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
4Md Zamri Baba (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
5M. Fadli Imammuddin (Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
6A H Yudhistira (Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
8Tomoyoshi Koyama (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
9Ryuta Kobayashi (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
10Jakkrit Swangswat (AP Honda Thailand / Honda)
12Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
15Satoru Iwata (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation / Honda)
16Ratthapong Wilairot (Thai Honda Racing Thailand / Honda)
19Makoto Tamada (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
Asia Dream Cup - Race 1 Results
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Hiroki Ono (Honda)
2 Md Fitri Ashraf Razali (Honda)
3 Gerry Salim (Honda)
4 Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (Honda)
5 Muklada Sarapuech (Honda)
6 Md Dwi Satria (Honda)
7 Reitoku Kurogi (Honda)
8 Kanatat Jaiman (Honda)
9 Md Jazil Juraimi (Honda)
10 Chuang An-Yu (Honda)
11 Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda)
12 Sumit Loucs Toppo (Honda)
13 Chen Yuan Hang (Honda)
14 Arunagiri Prabhu (Honda)
15 Sarath Kumar Shankar (Honda)
16 Garry Jr Agustin Caneda (Honda)
17 Zhou Sheng Jun Jie (Honda)
18 Ned Ernest Daniel (Honda)
19 Nicholas Aaron Waters (Honda)
Asia Dream Cup - Race 2 Results
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Hiroki Ono (Honda)
2 Reitoku Kurogi (Honda)
3 Gerry Salim (Honda)
4 Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (Honda)
5 Md Fitri Ashraf Razali (Honda)
6 Md Jazil Juraimi (Honda)
7 Md Dwi Satria (Honda)
8 Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda)
9 Nicholas Aaron Waters (Honda)
10 Chuang An-Yu (Honda)
11 Arunagiri Prabhu (Honda)
12 Chen Yuan Hang (Honda)
13 Kanatat Jaiman (Honda)
14 Sarath Kumar Shankar (Honda)
15 Zhou Sheng Jun Jie (Honda)
16 Garry Jr Agustin Caneda (Honda)
17 Ned Ernest Daniel (Honda)
DNF Muklada Sarapuech (Honda)
DNF Sumit Loucs Toppo (Honda)

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