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2017 Asia Road Racing Championship

Round 03: Suzuka – Japan

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June 4, 2017, 2017
 

Zaidi 3rd in Race 1, Hada 4th in Race 2

Round 3 of the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) was held at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie, Japan. Clear skies prevailed over heated battles during race week. In the SuperSports 600 (SS600) class, participation by riders from the All Japan Road Race Championship (All Japan) added to the splendor of the event. All Japan JSB1000 class rider Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki), J-GP2 class rider Ikuhiro Enokido (MOTO BUM Honda) and ST600 class rider Keisuke Maeda (Yamaha) were among the Japanese riders competing.


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Zaqhwan Zaidi
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Zaqhwan Zaidi

In qualifying, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Kawasaki) crashed, and Taiga Hada (RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10.) had mechanical issues causing him to crash, injuring his hip region. The session was red-flagged, but out of the chaos Enokido emerged on top, earning pole position on his first appearance in the series.

In Race 1, Kamaruzaman takes the holeshot, followed by Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha), Yuki Ito (Yamaha) and Enokido. Ito takes the lead at the chicane, closely followed by a string of 15 riders. On Lap 2, Ito leads Haga, Chalermpol Polamai (Yamaha), Kamaruzaman, Enokido, and Anthony West (Yamaha) by the narrowest of margins. Haga gets ahead on the back stretch, but Ito regains the lead at the chicane. Polamai, Haga, West, Kamaruzaman, Enokido, Hada, Ratthapong Wilairot (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand), and Maeda chase Ito for a 10-way battle for the lead. The second group was a 4-way battle between Kagayama, Keminth Kubo (Yamaha), Tatsuya Yamaguchi (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand) and Teppei Nagoe (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing).

On Lap 7, West moves up to 3rd, behind Ito and Polamai. Enokido moves up to 5th, Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing) to 6th, and Hada, Wilairot and Haga remain in contention. Zaidi ups his pace to take 4th, on Kamaruzaman’s tail. On Lap 11 at the 130R bend, West catches and passes Ito for the lead, chased by Ito, Polamai and Zaidi. The top group of 4 riders engage in a heated battle, with Ito snatching the lead from West, only to lose it back on the last lap as West takes Ito on the flat turn, and sprints away to victory. Ito finishes 2nd, with Zaidi overcoming intense competition to cross the line in 3rd place. Enokido is 5th, with Hada nursing his bike home in 6th place. Yamaguchi is 9th, Nagoe 11th, and Sena Yamada (RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10.) 12th.

Race 2 starts with Kamaruzaman taking the holeshot, followed by Ito, West and Haga in chase. Ito then takes the lead at the 130R, with Kamaruzaman, Polamai, Enokido, West, Zaidi, Hada and Haga on his heels. Polamai inches ahead in Lap 2, but his lead is short-lived, as Ito is on top again. Enokido weaves his way into 2nd place, closely followed by Polamai, Kamaruzaman, West, Zaidi Hada and Haga. Fifteen riders are strung together for laps on end. Enokido closes in on Ito and takes the lead at the Spoon curve, but Ito is ahead once again, with Polamai and Enokido in tow. The lead is contested by 7 riders, in the order of Ito, Polamai, Enokido, West, Hada, Zaidi and Kamaruzaman. Without pause six riders close in on the leading pack, causing a tumultuous battle for the lead. On Lap 7, the fight for supremacy rages on between Ito, Polamai, West, Zaidi, Enokido, Kamaruzaman, Kagayama, Wilairot, Haga and Yamaguchi, with Nagoe out of the race at the 130R on Lap 8. On the following lap, West leads, with Ito 2nd, and Hada now right behind. The fight for the front is between West, Ito, and now Kagayama who passes Hada. Polamai, Zaidi, Enokido, Yamaguchi and Wilairot enter the final lap in a 9-way battle. In the chicanes, Ito makes his move on West. Hada changes his line to take on Kagayama. West was first out of the corner, going on to win, while Ito came in 2nd, and Kagayama 3rd. Hada, despite changing his line, was unsuccessful, crossing the line in 4th place. Zaidi was 6th, Enokido 7th, and Yamaguchi 8th. Yamada ended the race in 15th place.

Md Zaqhwan Zaidi: MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
SS600 Race Results: 3rd / 6th
“It's always tough at Suzuka, and this time was no exception. In Race 1, I pushed hard to keep up with the leaders, taking every opportunity I had. After an intense dog-fight, I managed to finish 3rd. I was so happy I nearly cried, because it was the first time I was on the podium at Suzuka. I'll put this experience to good use, and keep on trying my best.”
Taiga Hada: RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10.
SS600 Race Results: 6th / 4th
“I had mechanical issues causing me to crash, hitting my hips and buttock which made it hard for me to lean forward, but I had to go on, so I aimed to finish in a good position. In Race 1 my handle became loose, and near the end of the race it was so bad I thought I would not be able to finish, so it was hard just to cross the finish line. I wanted to make up for it in Race 2. I had no plan, and just overtook the rider in front of me whenever I had the chance. On the last chicane of the final lap, I made my move even if it sent my flying off the track. I didn’t finish 3rd, but I have no regrets. I still must aim to win, so I’ll do my best to win the next race.”
Tatsuya Yamaguchi: A.P.Honda Racing Thailand
SS600 Race Results: 9th / 8th
“I’m having difficulty in how to adjust my riding to the CBR on slick tires. I’m 2 seconds slower on the slicks than the treaded tires, so I have to close the gap. I had suspension staff with me today, so they made some drastic changes and helped with the setup, and now I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I bettered my fastest lap in Race 2, and my sector times were better. I managed to catch up to the lead group, and found a better way of riding. I’ll be getting better places from now.”
Teppei Nagoe: MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
SS600 Race Results: 11th / DNF
“As the race was held at Suzuka, All Japan mechanics, the team chairman and the president visited us, giving me some valuable advice on how to ride, and bike settings. I didn’t get the results, but I think I made a huge improvement. I understand better the differences and can better switch between the All Japan and Asian bikes, Bridgestone and Dunlop tires, and treaded and slick tires. It was a valuable experience, so I’ll try to use it to my best advantage.”
Sena Yamada: RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10.
SS600 Race Results: 12th / 15th
“I had problems with the setup, so I was on the grid close to my teammate Taiga [Hada]. We had the same pace in the first half of each race, but I wasn’t as good on the West course, and was left behind. I use my time wisely until the next race to understand my bike better, and improve myself.”

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Taiga Hada

Salim Double Win

In the Asia Production 250 (AP250) class qualifying session, Honda dominated the top positions with Gerry Salim (Astra Honda Racing Team) clinching pole, while Takehiro Yamamoto (SIDRAP HONDA IKAZUCHI Racing Team.) secures 2nd on the grid, Tomoyoshi Koyama (RAMA Honda) 3rd, and Rheza Danica Ahrens (Astra Honda Racing Team) 4th.

Salim takes the holeshot in Race 1, with Yamamoto close behind. Koyama closes in on the front duo, now running 3rd. Koyama momentarily takes the lead on Lap 2, but soon finds himself behind Salim.

Koyama, in the lead in Lap 2, is soon overtaken by Salim, and is engulfed by Koyama, Yamamoto, Mohamad Fadli Imammudin (Yamaha) and Anupab Sarmoon (Yamaha), all fighting to get ahead. On Lap 4 Yamamoto claws his way to the front at the 130R, chased by Salim, Ahrens, Sarmoon, Koyama and Yamamoto. Salim eventually takes control, gradually pulling away. Three riders fight for 2nd place, and close in on Salim, making the battle for supremacy a 4-way ordeal. The chaotic group charge into the final lap, the result to be decided between Salim, Yamamoto, Ahrens and Koyama. As the four charge towards the final chicane from the back stretch, Salim pulls ahead. Salim makes it out of the chicane in front, and although Yamamoto pulls out from his slipstream, he crosses the checkered flag in front by the smallest of margins. Yamamoto has to settle for 2nd, while Koyama comes in 3rd for his first podium finish. Honda dominates the podium in Race 1.

In Race 2, Salim once again clinches the holeshot, with Yamamoto 2nd and Koyama 3rd. Yamamoto takes the lead at the Degner curve, then Salim is in front at the Spoon curve, prevailing on the first lap. Seven riders hustle for the lead, and although Salim loses his balance at the flat turn, he makes up for lost ground soon enough to rejoin the group. On Lap 3 Salim, Sarmoon, Ahrens and Koyama form the group in front. Ahrens takes the lead on Lap 4, followed by Salim, Yamamoto, Koyama, and Sarmoon. Lap 5 sees Yamamoto in front, but the leader changes from turn to turn. Salim, Ahrens, Koyama, Yamamoto and Sarmoon refuse to yield their positions and are into the final lap. Yamamoto makes his move to take the lead at the 130R, but the riders pour into the chicane as one chaotic mass. Ahrens slides, and Yamamoto with no room to maneuver, is forced into the crash. Koyama escapes somehow upright. Salim goes on to win, with Sarmoon 2nd and Koyama 3rd. Salim scores a double win, and Koyama a double podium. Yamamoto recovers from his crash to finish 5th. Ahrens crosses the finish line in 15th place.


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Gerry Salim
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Takehiro Yamamoto
Gerry Salim: Astra Honda Racing Team
AP250 Race Results: 1st / 1st
“Suzuka is Koyama’s and Yamamoto’s home track so I knew they would be fast, and I was in for a tough race. I found a good setting in qualifying, and set a good lap time. In Race 1, I was so glad I could beat them both. In Race 2, I was on used tires so it was a difficult battle, but I saved my tires and made my move on the last lap. It worked out and I won! I’m so glad I won both races.”
Tomoyoshi Koyama: RAMA Honda
AP250 Race Results: 3rd / 3rd
“Salim’s engine was fast and I felt it would be difficult to catch him, but I did my best. The bike helped me a lot in Race 1, and I was invincible in the turns. I didn’t have much time to set up the bike for Race 2, but we managed to fix a few issues we had, so it felt great, like finally coming out of a long tunnel. Race 2 was much easier for me. At the last chicane, my Trials training for riding down a steep decline paid off, as I could stop in a nick of time, and that’s what gave me the podium finish. There are more tough races ahead, but I’ll persist.”
Takehiro Yamamoto: SIDRAP HONDA IKAZUCHI Racing Team
AP250 Race Results: 2nd / 5th
“Salim’s bike was set up really well, and his speed made my battle much harder. Race 1 was going according to plan, pulling in front at the 130R and making my move at the chicane, but he managed to just beat me. In Race 2, my plan to use slipstreams seemed to be perfect, but I still couldn’t pull ahead at the 130R. At the last chicane the bike in front of me crashed, and I didn’t have time to avoid him. Once I was back on my feet I managed to get the engine started, so I somehow finished 5th. I think I minimized the damage this race. I’m disappointed I couldn’t win at my home race, but I like the Indonesia track for the next round, so I’ll get my revenge by winning both races there.”

2017 Asia Road Racing Championship
Round 03: Suzuka – Japan

Supersports 600cc - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Anthony West (Akeno Speed Racing/Yamaha)
2 Yuki Ito(Yamaha Racing/Yamaha)
3 Md Zaqhwan Zaidi(MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing/Honda)
4 Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman(Manual Tech Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
5 Ikuhiro Enokido (MOTO BUM Honda/Honda)
6 Taiga Hada(RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10./Honda)
9 Tatsuya Yamaguchi(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
11 Teppei Nagoe(MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing/Honda)
12 Sena Yamada(RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10./Honda)
14 Shankar Sarath Kumar(RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10./Honda)
RT Ratthapong Wilairot(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
Supersports 600cc - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Anthony West (Akeno Speed Racing/Yamaha)
2 Yuki Ito(Yamaha Racing/Yamaha)
3 Yukio Kagayama (Team KAGAYAMA/Suzuki)
4 Taiga Hada(RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10./Honda)
5 Chalermpol Polaimai (Yamaha Thailand Racing team/Yamaha)
6 Md Zaqhwan Zaidi(MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing/Honda)
7 Ikuhiro Enokido (MOTO BUM Honda/Honda)
8 Tatsuya Yamaguchi(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
9 Ratthapong Wilairot(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
15 Sena Yamada(RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10./Honda)
17 Shankar Sarath Kumar(RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10./Honda)
DNF Teppei Nagoe(MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing/Honda)
Asia Production 250cc - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Gerry Salim(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
2 Takehiro Yamamoto(SIDRAP HONDA IKAZUCHI Racing Team./Honda)
3 Tomoyoshi Koyama(RAMA Honda/Honda)
4 Rheza Danica Ahrens(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
5 Muklada Sarapuech(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
6 Andy Muhanmad Fadly (Munual Tech KYT kawasaki Racing/kawasaki)
7 Vorapong Malahuan(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
10 Awhin Sanjaya(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
17 Yuta kasai (Team TEC2/Honda)
24 Herman Baharuddin(SIDRAP HONDA IKAZUCHI Racing Team./Honda)
28 Sethu Rajiv(RAMA Honda/Honda)
29 Bui Duy Thong(Yuzy Honda Vietnam Racing Team/Honda)
Asia Production 250cc - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Gerry Salim(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
2 Anupab Sarmoon (YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
3 Tomoyoshi Koyama(RAMA Honda/Honda)
4 Galang Hendra Pratama (Yamaha Racing Indonesia/Yamaha)
5 Takehiro Yamamoto(SIDRAP HONDA IKAZUCHI Racing Team./Honda)
6 Awhin Sanjaya(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
8 Muklada Sarapuech(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
15 Rheza Danica Ahrens(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
19 Yuta kasai (Team TEC2/Honda)
22 Herman Baharuddin(SIDRAP HONDA IKAZUCHI Racing Team./Honda)
24 Sethu Rajiv(RAMA Honda/Honda)
29 Bui Duy Thong(Yuzy Honda Vietnam Racing Team/Honda)
DNF Vorapong Malahuan(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)

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