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2017 Asia Road Racing Championship

Round 02: Buriram – Thailand

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Thailand
Thailand
April 15, 2017
 

Zaidi 4th/3rd, Moves Up to 3rd Overall

Due to the customary Saturday and Sunday races coinciding with Songkran, the Thai New Year’s water festival, Round 2 of the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram was brought forward to Friday and Saturday.

In SS600 qualifying, Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing) secured a 5th spot on the starting grid, while Taiga Hada (RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10.) was 7th, Tatsuya Yamaguchi (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand) 10th, team-mate Sena Yamada (RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10.) 12th, and Teppei Nagoe (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing) 14th.

Md Zaqhwan Zaidizoom
Md Zaqhwan Zaidi
Md Zaqhwan Zaidizoom
Md Zaqhwan Zaidi

Race 1 started with Decha Kraisart (Yamaha) taking the lead, chased by Zaidi with other riders in tow. Kraisart soon loses his lead as he crashes, to be replaced by Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Kawasaki) followed by Chalermpol Polaimai (Yamaha), who pull away from the field. Kamaruzaman is too strong for Polaimai, crossing the finish line for a convincing victory. Zaidi managed to overcome a challenge from Yuki Ito (Yamaha) to finish 5th, but was bumped to 4th following a disqualification. Yamaguchi was 8th, Yamada 10th, and Nagoe 11th. Hada was unable to rejoin and complete the race after a crash.

Polaimai dominates the early stages of Race 2, but loses places after a jump-start penalty. Kraisart is given the lead, but a fierce battle ensues with Zaidi and others right on his tail. Further back, Ratthapong Wilairot (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand) closes in on Hada to challenge his 6th place position. Kraisart and Kamaruzaman eventually pull away to battle for the lead, while Ahmad Yudhistira (Kawasaki), Ito, Zaidi and Anthony West (Yamaha) fight to keep up. West pulls away from the pack, determined to challenge the leaders, his determination paying off with victory. Kamaruzaman finished 2nd, with Kraisart 3rd. Zaidi won his battle for 4th, which after West was disqualified post-race, moved up a spot to 3rd. Hada finished 6th, Yamaguchi 8th, Nagoe 11th, and Yamada 12th.

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Ratthapong Wilairotzoom
Ratthapong Wilairot
Takehiro Yamamotozoom
Takehiro Yamamoto
Taiga Hada: RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10.
SS600 Race Results: DNF / 6th
“This weekend was very tough, completely different to Johor Bahru where we could win. I heavily damaged my bike in FP3, and everything after that was bad. I retired in Race 1, and only managed 6th in Race 2. I’ll use this as motivation to do much better at Suzuka.”
Tatsuya Yamaguchi: A.P.Honda Racing Thailand
SS600 Race Results: 8th / 8th
“Since this is the team’s home track, I managed to do some testing, and race on a familiar track, which is really beautiful, with fun turns, lots of variations on braking, and is a pleasure to ride on. This was our first race at Buriram after changing the suspension, so I thought set-up would be vital. But, I crashed on Day 1, which caused a lot of delays. Setting up the bike without any data is difficult, and we were still uncertain during Race 1, but we also found out during the race that we were going in the wrong direction. The results were not good, but we learned a lot. In Race 2 with a completely different setup, I managed to race at qualifying pace, and regained time lost at the start. I think as a team we have gained valuable data. We’ll be taking this setup to Suzuka.”
Teppei Nagoe: MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
SS600 Race Results: 11th / 11th
“I’ve raced here before in 2014 at the Asia Dream Cup, but it seemed like a completely different track on a 600cc machine. The speed was different, as was how to tackle the track. It took me a while to decide on my strategy, and that delayed setting up the bike. That costed me places on the grid, so I couldn’t even keep up with the chasing group, let alone the lead group. I’m very busy and it’s difficult racing in both the ARRC and All Japan, but top riders can still get the results. I’ll be using the short interval to Suzuka to carefully think about what I need to improve. I’ll be doing my best to make amends to the team, at our home grand prix.”
Sena Yamada: RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10.
SS600 Race Results: 10th / 12th
“This was, again, a new track to me, so I spent the first day getting accustomed to the layout. We continued to set up the bike, and it felt good for Qualifying and Race 1, but I was no where near race pace in Race 2, so we have a lot of homework to do now, but I think we’re steadily improving. We’re back home for the next race at Suzuka, so hopefully it will be a turning point, and we’ll prepare to be able to fight for the lead.”

Salim Takes Race 1, Yamamoto Wins Race 2

In the Asia Production 250 (AP250) class, Takehiro Yamamoto (SIDRAP HONDA IKAZUCHI Racing Team) takes pole, with Gerry Salim (Astra Honda Racing Team) 2nd, and Tomoyoshi Koyama (RAMA Honda) taking 12th spot on the grid.

Salim perfects his start in Race 1 to take the lead, chased by Rheza Danica Ahrens (Astra Honda Racing Team), Anupab Sarmoon (Yamaha), and Galang Hendra Pratama (Yamaha). Six contenders fight for the top spot, with Salim in command from the front. The battle continues up to the last turn, with Salim emerging victorious for his 3rd win of the season. Salim’s points increased to 75, putting further distance between himself and his closest competitors.

Yamamoto is off to a commanding start in Race 2, with Ahrens and Sarmoon in chase. The three riders battling for the lead, are joined by Pratama 4th and Koyama 5th, for a fierce five-way fight. Ahrens eventually catches Sarmoon and Yamamoto to temporarily take the lead, but in the closing stages, Yamamoto pulls away to cross the line for his first victory of the season. Ahrens finished 2nd, with Sarmoon completing the podium. Koyama finished 7th, while Salim failed to start the race, missing out on championship points.

Rheza Danica Ahrenszoom
Rheza Danica Ahrens
Gerry Salim: Astra Honda Racing Team
AP250 Race Results: 1st / DNS
“I’d like to thank my parents, Astra Honda Racing Team and the Indonesian people. This race was hot and windy, and I wanted to pull away from the pack as fast as possible. I pushed hard, but I couldn’t pull away so we changed plans. We sprinted through the last 3 laps, and got the best results possible. I’m glad I could live up to the hard work the team put into preparing my CBR250RR.”
Takehiro Yamamoto: SIDRAP HONDA IKAZUCHI Racing Team
AP250 Race Results: 4th / 1st
“I’m good at this track, so we’ve been doing well all week. The team managed to update the bike and make it very competitive, even though there was not much time since Johor Bahru. In Race 1, I took the wrong strategy on the last lap, and sunk to 4th place. But with a renewed strategy in Race 2, we managed to win. I’m relieved to win with the new team, and the CBR250RR. The next race is at our home ground, so we’ll continue pushing on. Thank you for your support.”
Tomoyoshi Koyama: RAMA Honda
AP250 Race Results: 6th / 7th
“The team worked at over the short interval to set up the bike, but it was harder than we expected. Thanks to BabyFace who prepared the handle and steps on such short notice, I could race on the bike in a much better position. Thank you very much, BabyFace. We’ve had a lot of tough races, but I’ll be talking with the team so we can avenge our previous performance, and do our best at Suzuka.”

2017 Asia Road Racing Championship
Round 02: Buriram – Thailand

Supersports 600cc - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman(Manual Tech Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
2Chalermpol Polamai(Yamaha Thailand Racing Team/Yamaha)
3Ahmad Yudhistira(Manual Tech Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
4Md Zaqhwan Zaidi(MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing/Honda)
5Yuki Ito(Yamaha Racing/Yamaha)
6Ratthapong Wilairot(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
7Irfan Ardiansyah(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
8Tatsuya Yamaguchi(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
10Sena Yamada(RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10./Honda)
11Teppei Nagoe(MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing/Honda)
13Shankar Sarath Kumar(RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10./Honda)
RTTaiga Hada(RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10./Honda)
Supersports 600cc - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman(Manual Tech Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
2Decha Kraisart(Yamaha Thailand Racing Team/Yamaha)
3Md Zaqhwan Zaidi(MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing/Honda)
4Ahmad Yudhistira(Manual Tech Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
5Yuki Ito(Yamaha Racing/Yamaha)
6Taiga Hada(RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10./Honda)
8Tatsuya Yamaguchi(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
9Ratthapong Wilairot(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
11Teppei Nagoe(MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing/Honda)
12Sena Yamada(RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10./Honda)
14Irfan Ardiansyah(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
16Shankar Sarath Kumar(RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10./Honda)
Asia Production 250cc - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Gerry Salim(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
2Anupab Sarmoon(YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
3Rheza Danica Ahrens(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
4Takehiro Yamamoto(SIDRAP HONDA IKAZUCHI Racing Team./Honda)
5Awhin Sanjaya(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
6Tomoyoshi Koyama(RAMA Honda/Honda)
10Vorapong Malahuan(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
12Herman Baharuddin(SIDRAP HONDA IKAZUCHI Racing Team./Honda)
22Bui Duy Thong(Yuzy Honda Vietnam Racing Team/Honda)
RTSethu Rajiv(RAMA Honda/Honda)
RTMuklada Sarapuech(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
Asia Production 250cc - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Takehiro Yamamoto(SIDRAP HONDA IKAZUCHI Racing Team./Honda)
2Rheza Danica Ahrens(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
3Anupab Sarmoon(YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
4Awhin Sanjaya(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
5Yusuke Nakamura(Akeno Speed Racing Team/Yamaha)
6Galang Hendra Pratama(Yamaha Racing Indonesia/Yamaha)
7Tomoyoshi Koyama(RAMA Honda/Honda)
9Vorapong Malahuan(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
14Herman Baharuddin(SIDRAP HONDA IKAZUCHI Racing Team./Honda)
18Bui Duy Thong(Yuzy Honda Vietnam Racing Team/Honda)
RTSethu Rajiv(RAMA Honda/Honda)
RTGerry Salim(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
RTMuklada Sarapuech(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)

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