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2018 Asia Road Racing Championship

Round 01: Buriram – Thailand

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Thailand
Thailand
March 4, 2018
 

Zaidi 4th in Race 1, Koyama 5th in Race 2 for 2018 Season-opener

The 2018 Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) season kicked off at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand. Md Zaqhwan Zaidi is joined by Azroy Hakeem Anuar, and Tomoyoshi Koyama who raced in the AP250 class last year, for MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing, the 2012 - 2016 champions. A.P.Honda Racing Thailand is represented by Passawit Thitivararak and ARRC-rookie Keisuke Kurihara. Irfan Ardiansyah and Andi Farid Izdihar are racing for Astra Honda Racing Team, while Taiga Hada rides for Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10. These Honda riders share a common aim: the championship.

In Qualifying, Zaidi clinched pole position. Hada was 8th, and Koyama 9th. Zaidi was also fastest off the mark in Race 1, taking the holeshot and commanding the race from the front, with Anthony West (Yamaha), Decha Kraisart (Yamaha) and Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Kawasaki) close behind.

Once Thitipong Warokorn (Kawasaki) stormed to the front, the fight for the lead became a battle between West, Zaidi, Kamaruzaman, Ahmad Yudhistira (Kawasaki), Hada, Ratthapong Wilairot (Yamaha) and Koyama. As the battle heated up, the lead group divided into two: Warokorn, Kamaruzaman and Kraisart in front, with Zaidi, Yudhistira, Hada and Wilairot chasing.

Md Zaqhwan Zaidizoom
Md Zaqhwan Zaidi
Tomoyoshi Koyama(#634), Taiga Hada(#23)zoom
Tomoyoshi Koyama(#634), Taiga Hada(#23)

Mid-race, Kraisart crashed relinquishing the lead to Warokorn, who was determined to distance himself from Kamaruzaman, 2nd. West and Yudhistira battled for 3rd. Further behind, Wilairot, Yudhistira, Keminth Kubo (Yamaha), Hada and Koyama fought for positions.

The race was still a close battle into the final lap. Wildcard entrant Warokorn emerged triumphant, with West and Kamaruzaman finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. Zaidi just missed the podium finishing 4th. Koyama was 7th, and Hada 8th. Izdihar crossed the line 10th, Anuar 11th, and Ardiansyah 13th. Kurihara was 16th.

In Race 2, Zaidi once again was off to a commanding start, taking the holeshot. Kamaruzaman, Kraisart, West and Warokorn chased, while their distance to Yudhistira, Yuki Ito (Yamaha), Koyama and Hada was decreasing. Kraisart took the lead, followed by Zaidi, Warokorn, West, Kamaruzaman, Wilairot and Ito in chase. Warokorn dropped out of contention with mechanical issues, pitting, returning to the track, and finally retiring.

Kraisart tried to pull away, with West and Kamaruzaman forming the lead group, while the chasing group of Wilairot, Ito and Zaidi contested 4th place. Ardiansyah, Hada and Koyama joined the battle for 7th.

As the race progressed, West closed into Kraisart, with Kamaruzaman close behind, staging a tense three-way fight for the lead. Wilairot and Zaidi were also closing in, while Koyama moved up to 7th. Hada was 9th. The chasing group were closing in on the leaders.

West took the lead mid-race, with Kraisart, Kamaruzaman, Wilairot and Zaidi not far behind. Ito was 6th and Koyama 7th, with five riders fighting for 8th not far behind. Kraisart lost his line and dropped out, leaving West, Wilairot, Kamaruzaman and Zaidi in the lead group. On the final lap, Zaidi hits Wilairot and retires. West reached the checkered flag 1st, Kraisart made a comeback to finish 2nd, and Kamaruzaman was 3rd. Koyama was 5th, Izdihar 6th, Anuar 8th, Hada 9th, and Kurihara 13th.

Andi Farid Izdihar(#27)zoom
Andi Farid Izdihar(#27)
Azroy Hakeem Anuarzoom
Azroy Hakeem Anuar
Tomoyoshi Koyama | MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing
“I raced in AP250 last year, and now my SS600 challenge begins. I rode the SS600 bike for the first time in pre-season tests, and tried different settings in each session to find what worked best. Race week was the same, where I tried out many different settings. I was on different bike, but also with a different suspension manufacturer, so I had to get accustomed to the different characteristics as well. Riding a 600cc bike is completely different to 250cc, so I had to work from scratch. The team was very supportive, and I realized I was working with a great team, which is very encouraging. I’m not happy with the results, but for my first SS600 race, I’m satisfied. It was a good start to the championship. I’ll learn from this race, to aim higher in Round 2.”
Taiga Hada | Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10
“I tried many setups since the tests, but it hasn’t come together yet, as shown in the poor results. We will work out what can be improved, aiming for better results in Australia.”
Keisuke Kurihara | A.P.Honda Racing Thailand
“This is my first time at the Buriram track. My first impression is that it is a relatively simple circuit, so it’s difficult to improve lap times. During the test and race week I felt the switch from J-GP3 to 600cc went well, but I had problems with braking. I’m not happy with the race results, but the team gave me the best bike for each session, so I learned a lot, which will help me in the next round in Australia. I’ll be working hard to be able to fight with the leaders soon.”

Sarapuech Wins Race 2, Honda Riders Storm Season-opener

In this year’s AP250 class, Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi and Muklada Sarapuech represent A.P.Honda Racing Thailand. Rheza Danica Ahrens, Awhin Sanjaya and Mario Suryo Aji race for Astra Honda Racing Team, and Cao Viet Nam rides for Yuzy Honda Vietnam Racing Team.

Honda riders were off to a solid start, with Kaewsonthi qualifying 2nd, followed by Sanjaya 3rd, Ahrens 4th, and Sarapuech 8th.

In Race 1, Anupab Sarmoon (Yamaha) took the holeshot, but it was Sarapuech who completed the opening lap ahead. Ahrens and Sanjaya followed, in a massive line of contenders. The lead changed hands often, with Kaewsonthi pulling ahead, Sarmoon close behind, Sarapuech cutting in. Kaewsonthi, Sarapuech and Sarmoon fight for supremacy, while a ten-way battle ensnared behind, positions changing at every turn.

Rafid Topan Sucipto (Yamaha) takes the lead, only to be relinquished to Ahrens, with Sarmoon in tow. Later in the race, Sarmoon takes command, but Ahrens, Sarapuech and Sanjaya refuse to back down. Sarmoon emerges the winner, with Sarapuech taking 2nd at the final turn. Sarapuech is penalized post-race, down 5 positions to 7th place.

In Race 2, Kaewsonthi takes the holeshot and leads, but Sarapuech completes Lap 1 in front after outmaneuvering Kaewsonthi on the last turn. Sarapuech loses the lead mid-race, engaged in fierce battles with Sanjaya and Ahrens. Further down the track, the competition is also fierce. Sarapuech and Ahrens overtake each other seemingly at every turn, lap after lap. Sarapuech eventually took the lead, but riders from the chasing group caught up, causing an 11-way fight. Sarapuech misses her line, sending her to the back of the lead group, but made up for lost time in a ferocious charge. At this stage, Sanjaya was leading. Sarapuech began the final lap in 7th place, but continued her charge to take the lead by the last turn, winning her home race, and became the first female rider to win the Asia Production 250cc class.

Muklada Sarapuechzoom
Muklada Sarapuech
Muklada Sarapuech | A.P.Honda Racing Thailand
“The team worked really hard for the whole weekend, which was why I could win. I’m really glad, because I so, so wanted to win, and it has come true. It’s a magnificent day! I’d like to thank the team, our sponsors, my friends, family and everyone. Thank you!”

2018 Asia Road Racing Championship
Round 01: Buriram – Thailand

Supersports 600cc - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Thitipong Warokorn(Core Kawasaki Thailand Racing Team/Kawasaki)
2Anthony West(Webike IKAZUCHI Racing/Yamaha)
3Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman(Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
4Md Zaqhwan Zaidi(Musashi Boon Siew Honda/Honda)
5Ahmad Yudhistira(Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
6Ratthapong Wilairot(YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
7Tomoyoshi Koyama(Musashi Boon Siew Honda/Honda)
8Taiga Hada(Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro/Honda)
10Andi Farid Izdihar(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
11Azroy Hakeem Anuar(Musashi Boon Siew Honda/Honda)
13Irfan Ardiansyah(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
16Keisuke Kurihara(A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
18Passawit Thitivararak(A.P Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
Supersports 600cc - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Anthony West(Webike IKAZUCHI Racing/Yamaha)
2Decha Kraisart(YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
3Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman(Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
4Yuki Ito(YAMAHA Racing Team Asean/Yamaha)
5Tomoyoshi Koyama(Musashi Boon Siew Honda/Honda)
6Andi Farid Izdihar(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
8Azroy Hakeem Anuar(Musashi Boon Siew Honda/Honda)
9Taiga Hada(Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro/Honda)
10Irfan Ardiansyah(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
12Passawit Thitivararak(A.P Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
13Keisuke Kurihara(A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
15Md Zaqhwan Zaidi(Musashi Boon Siew Honda/Honda)
Asia Production 250cc - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Anupab Sarmoon(YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
2Mario Suryo Aji(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
3Rheza Danica Ahrens(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
4Peerapong Boonlert(YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
5Rafid Topan Sucipto(Yamaha Yamalube KYT TJM WR Super Battery/Yamaha)
6Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi(A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
7Muklada Sarapuech(A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
11Awhin Sanjaya(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
17Cao Viet Nam(Yuzy Honda Vietnam Racing Team/Honda)
18Sethu Rajiv(Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10/Honda)
20Chiou Ke-Lung(United Oil M-Mate Racing/Honda)
DNFAnish Damodara Shetty(Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10/Honda)
Asia Production 250cc - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Muklada Sarapuech(A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
2Rafid Topan Sucipto(Yamaha Yamalube KYT TJM WR Super Battery/Yamaha)
3Kanatat Jaiman(YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
4Peerapong Boonlert(YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
5Anupab Sarmoon(YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
6Awhin Sanjaya(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
9Rheza Danica Ahrens(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
10Mario Suryo Aji(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
12Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi(A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
18Sethu Rajiv(Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10/Honda)
20Anish Damodara Shetty(Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10/Honda)
21Chiou Ke-Lung(United Oil M-Mate Racing/Honda)
DNFCao Viet Nam(Yuzy Honda Vietnam Racing Team/Honda)

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