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2014 Asia Road Racing Championship

Round 01: Sepang – Malaysia

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Malaysia
Malaysia
April 20, 2014

Zamri Baba Decorates Season Opener with Double Win

Petronas FIM Asia Road race Championship (ARRC) 2014 season has just begun. There would be 6 rounds in this 19th season for Asia series. 60 riders from 10 Asian countries gathered in the opener and 24 riders fought in the pinnacle SS600 class. We did not have the defending champion today, because Aslan went to compete in the Moto2 race. Makoto Tamada who got good results in Moto GP and World Superbike Championship returned from injury and started his second season with MuSASHI Boon Siew Honda. Joined him as a team mate is Zamri Baba, one of the top guys in Malaysian Super Sport 600 cc. Furthermore, Zaquhwan Zaidi will continue to fight this year. Although Zamri was concerned about his injury suffered in the winter test, but he showed up bravely. Besides them Ratthapong from Thai Honda Racing, Tomoyoshi Koyama and Satoru Iwata from T.Pro Yuzy Honda also participated. Others are Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki), Yuki Ito and Makoto Inagaki from Yamaha.

Zamri Babazoom
Zamri Baba
Zamri Babazoom
Zamri Baba

Only 1 type of 6 sets ARRC tires supplied by Dunlop last year. There are 2 options this year and it became possible to choose between medium and soft for rear in the three free practices, qualifying, warm up and two races. But they must use at least one from different compounds. So riders and their team concerned a lot because the decision will change situation dramatically.

Fujiwara got pole position and was followed closely by Baba, Tamada and Zaquhwan. Race 1 started under cloudy sky but it rained later in some places. Tamada and Baba who just returned from injury rode with cautious, checking surface conditions. Hole shot was Fujiwara. He was followed by Baba in second and F. Baharudin (Yamaha) in third, Ito and Tamada also followed.

Baba passed Fujiwara in the first corner, but Fujiwara passed Baba in the following lap. They changed positions many times until the latest stages. Behind them were Ito and Tamada, they battled closely each other and came up continuously to form the 4 way battle finally.

Halfway through the race, Tamada went off the track and lost positions down to 6th, but came up from behind with recording some best laps. Baba caught Fujiwara to lead the race in 4 laps to go to. Ito also passed Fujiwara to take second. Tamada also want to try to Fujiwara, but off the track again. He was 4th following Fujiwara in third.

In Race 2, Fujiwara took hole shot to lead the race, followed by Baba, Ito and Tamada and the top 4 battled hard same as Race 1. In the later stages, Baba and Fujiwara swapped positions in the corners until the last lap and Baba crossed the line first to make the double win for the first time as Malaysian. Fujiwara followed in second. Tamada came in third. Ito retired from racing due to mechanical trouble in the last stage. Baba is on the top in the championship with 50 points, followed were Fujiwara with 36 points and Tamada with 29 points.

In the Asia Dream Cup, 2013 champion Hiroki Ono moved to Spain Championship and there is no No.1 plate here this year. 6riders among 18, Reitoku Kurogi from Japan, Chiral m³ Pawi from Malaysia, Anne Cheung Yu from Taiwan, Sarah Kumar and Arsyad Prabhu from India were remained from last year, other 12 riders including Syunya Mori and Teppei Nagoshi from Japan were newly joined this year.

Chiral won the pole. He also won the race after fierce top 4 fight. Nagoshi followed him to take second in his debut race. Kurogi came 5th, Mori took 9th. Race 2 was almost the same situation as Race 1. Chiral won again in front of Nagoshi to achieve the double win. Mori came third narrowly and clilmbed on the podium. Kurogi finished the race in 8th.

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Makoto Tamada
Makoto Tamadazoom
Makoto Tamada
Zamri Baba : MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
SS600 Race Result: 1st / 1st Championship position: 1st
“I really wanted to win at my home track. It is very important to take double win because this is the first time for Malaysian. Although my physical condition is not perfect yet because of the injury suffered in winter, it was worth to ride and I did not want to give up. My team worked hard to prepare competitive machine for me and I was able to ride without any difficulties. Winning Race 1, I felt confident and learned a lot from today’s two races. This would be an unforgettable day! Thank you!”
Makoto Tamada : MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
SS600 Race Result: 4th / 3rd Championship position: 3rdst
“I am very happy Zamri took double win today, but they were difficult races for me. I think that the issues such as settings and the tyre choices were correct, but it was not possible to catch up closely enough after slipstreaming. There’s no way to try to win. Still good to win the podium but I feel frustrated. I need to prepare firmly for next race to avoid repeating the same situation.”
 
Teppei Nagoe :
Asia Dream Cup Race Result: 2nd / 2nd Championship position: 2nd
“Although this is my first race in abroad, I determined not to take a beating in my mind and keep seeking for the chance to win. I had planned to take the lead at the last corner of the final lap, but it was not possible to pass. So I am very frustrated about that. A lot of people supports me, who has just begun to ride CBR, that is why I can race here in Malaysia. There must be reasons why I am defeated, I want to learn it. I hope to be inspired by overseas races and to show you my progress”
Syunya Mori :
Asia Dream Cup Race Result: 5th / DNF Championship position: 3rd
“Racing in Asia for the first time, I was struggled a lot with settings. In the warm up session in the morning, I finally found something and felt comfortable on the bike. I think it took too long, the delay influenced the racing. I am frustrated that I could not show my performance well. I learned a lot today and I think I can use these experiences in the next race. Realized that the level was very high in Asia, I want to keep challenging and hope to take opportunities to compete in the All Japan Championship or GP same as Ono in the last year.”
Reitoku Kurogi :
Asia Dream Cup Race Result: 10th / 8th Championship position: 9th
“I had thought that my riding style and my way of thinking were changed after getting on the podium at final round of ADC last year. However, nothings had changed at all. I am still very weak…so pitiable….I know that’s not said. There is no other way except changing myself. I will try my best in the next round in Indonesia. Hope to make people supporting happy and also convinced enough myself with good results.”

2014 Asia Road Racing Championship
Round 01: Sepang – Malaysia

Supersports 600cc - Race 1 Results
Rank Rider (Team)
1Md Zamri Baba (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
2Yuki Ito (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha / Yamaha)
3Katsuaki Fujiwara (BEET Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
4Makoto Tamada (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
5Ratthapong Wilairot (Thai Honda Racing Thailand / Honda)
6H.A. Yudhistira (Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
7Tomoyoshi Koyama (T.Pro Yuzy Honda / Honda)
8Jakkrit Swangswat (A.P.Honda Thailand / Honda)
9Dimas Ekky Pratama (Astra Motor Racing Team / Honda)
14Satoru Iwata (T.Pro Yuzy Honda / Honda)
16Peerawat Wongthananon (AP Honda Thailand / Honda)
18Suhathai Chaemsap (Thai Honda Racing / Honda)
19Md Fitri Ashraf Razali (Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda / Honda)
20Denny Triyugo Laksono (Astra Motor Racing Team / Honda)
Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
Supersports 600cc - Race 2 Results
Rank Rider (Team)
1Md Zamri Baba (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
2Katsuaki Fujiwara (BEET Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
3Makoto Tamada (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing / Honda)
4H.A. Yudhistira (Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing / Kawasaki)
5Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia / Honda)
6Jakkrit Swangswat (A.P.Honda Thailand / Honda)
7Satoru Iwata (T.Pro Yuzy Honda / Honda)
8Tomoyoshi Koyama (T.Pro Yuzy Honda / Honda)
9Md Fadli Immamudin (T.Pro Yuzy Honda / Honda)
10Dimas Ekky Pratama (Astra Motor Racing Team / Honda)
12Ratthapong Wilairot (Thai Honda Racing Thailand / Honda)
18Suhathai Chaemsap (Thai Honda Racing / Honda)
21Md Fitri Ashraf Razali (Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda / Honda)
Denny Triyugo Laksono (Astra Motor Racing Team / Honda)
Peerawat Wongthananon (AP Honda Thailand / Honda)
Asia Dream Cup - Race 1 Results
Rank Rider (Team)
1Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda)
2Teppei Nagoe (Honda)
3Aditya Pangestu Hanafi (Honda)
4Chuang An-Yu (Honda)
5Syunya Mori (Honda)
6S.Kumar Shankar (Honda)
7Mohd Harith Farhan Baharin (Honda)
8Sumit Loucs Toppo (Honda)
9Andi Farid Izdihar (Honda)
10Reitoku Kurogi (Honda)
11kiadtisak chauywiset (Honda)
12Koko Masaharu C. Tadachi (Honda)
13Shoel Ervyn Daniel (Honda)
14Lee Yen Ching (Honda)
pasawit thitivararak (Honda)
Lachlan Kavney (Honda)
Arunagiri Prabhu (Honda)
Arsyad Rusydi (Honda)
Asia Dream Cup - Race 2 Results
Rank Rider (Team)
1Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda)
2Teppei Nagoe (Honda)
3Syunya Mori (Honda)
4Andi Farid Izdihar (Honda)
5Aditya Pangestu Hanafi (Honda)
6Sumit Loucs Toppo (Honda)
7Chuang An-Yu (Honda)
8Reitoku Kurogi (Honda)
9S.Kumar Shankar (Honda)
10kiadtisak chauywiset (Honda)
11Lachlan Kavney (Honda)
12Koko Masaharu C. Tadachi (Honda)
13Shoel Ervyn Daniel (Honda)
14Lee Yen Ching (Honda)
15Arsyad Rusydi (Honda)
Mohd Harith Farhan Baharin (Honda)
Arunagiri Prabhu (Honda)
pasawit thitivararak (Honda)

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