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IDEMITSU ASIA TALENT CUP 2017

Round 04: Sepang International Circuit – Malaysia

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Malaysia
July 30, 2017

Can Öncü Puts In a Malaysian Masterclass

Can Öncü was unstoppable from pole position in Race 1 for the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup at Sepang International Circuit, briefly challenged off the line and then ahead in the distance for a stunning victory. After an exciting battle to complete the podium, home hero Azroy Anuar took P2 in Malaysia, with Gerry Salim coming home third.

Denis Öncü got the best start off the front row to head into Turn 1 ahead, but then went wide and was unable to keep the place, slotting back into the order just off the front. That left Can Öncü in the lead, and he soon pulled the pin to cross the line after Lap 1 with a healthy gap - head down and focused.

Five riders formed a second group in the early stages, with Gerry Salim battling points leader Haruki Noguchi, Denis Öncü, Azroy Anuar and Ryusei Yamanaka. Some incredible wheel-to-wheel action saw the order switching lap after lap.

By Lap 4, the polesitter had a three second gap ahead of the pack and it would only grow for most of the race – he was five ahead with five laps left – before he crossed the line just over four seconds clear for a stunning win.

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Can Oncu
Deniz Oncu, Can Oncuzoom
Deniz Oncu, Can Oncu

Just behind, Malaysian home hero Anuar had managed to break free of the group fighting for second and crossed the line with a gap of eight tenths back to the podium battle. It was then Indonesian Gerry Salim who emerged victorious in that fight from the final corner, locking out the rostrum. Noguchi was fourth, with Yamanaka and Deniz Öncü completing the top six. Noguchi therefore retains the lead in the Championship.

Koji Hirama had a lonely, solid ride into P7, with a three-rider battle for eighth raging behind between Genki Nakajima, Takuto Suzuki and Thai rider Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi. Nakajima pulled a gap on Suzuki by the flag to take P8, with Kaewsonthi not able to see the line after a late crash and the top ten instead completed by Indonesian rider Lucky Hendriansya.

Erfin Firmansyah, Koki Suzuki, Kai Saito, Malaysian Haziq Hamdan on home turf and Bima Arfin locked out the top fifteen.

There’s more action from Sepang on Sunday with Race 2. As always all of the action can be followed on YouTube channel

Comments

Hiroshi Aoyama, Asia Talent Scout
“I think we had a beautiful and clean Race 1 at Sepang, so congratulations to Can Öncü. He was fast from qualifying and we expected he might be able to go away – he made a good start and kept his rhythm. The other guys tried to follow him but Yamanaka, Anuar, Deniz and Salim were struggling to follow and started to fight – so they lost a few tenths per lap. But it was a really nice race from Can Öncü, and Anuar fought a lot to get away from the group. Salim almost crashed but then at the last corner passed them. Those riders did a great race and we’ll see how they go in Race 2. But everyone was really fast compared to the last few years.”
Ryusei Yamanakazoom
Ryusei Yamanaka
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Azroy Anuar

Can Öncü Fast and Faultless to Complete the Double

 

Can Öncü followed up his domination of Race 1 at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia with another stunning performance to complete the double, leading brother Deniz Öncü home. Japanese rider Ryusei Yamanaka completed the podium.

After rain fell on the grid there was drama from the off, and they duly changed tyres and prepared to race in the wet. The race was also shortened to 11 laps, but conditions were quickly drying – and everyone was in the same boat.

Off the line it was Yamanaka who looked to be away in the lead, but Can Öncü swept back through out of Turn 1 to head the race from the Japanese rider and Deniz Öncü. Yamanaka pounced for the lead on Lap 3 as the top three battled it out, proving Race 2 was going to write a very different storyline to Race 1 – certainly in the beginning.

It wasn’t long before home hero Azroy Anuar had managed to close down the leading trio, but as the laps ticked down Can Öncü started to pull away from those chasing. Once again calm under the pressure of the race lead, the young Turk made a gap and crossed the line comfortably clear to complete the double on the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup’s first visit to Sepang this year.

Deniz Öncü had been the closest to his twin brother but then fell back into the claws of those on the chase, just managing to stay ahead of Yamanaka over the line as the Japanese rider completed the podium. After his heroics in Race 1, home hero Azroy Anuar was forced to settle for fourth but showed more impressive pace.

The battle for fifth was another trio, with points leader Haruki Noguchi, Koji Hirama and Race 1 podium finisher Gerry Salim head-to-head for the honour. Drama then struck mid-race as Hirama slid out from the lead of the trio, leaving Salim and Noguchi down to a duel for P5 and the Japanese youngster taking it at the flag, retaining the lead in the Championship standings. Salim was P6 after a podium in Race 1.

Indonesian Lucky Hendriansya had a lonely ride into seventh behind his compatriot, with another Indonesian – Erfin Firmansyah – taking eighth. Ninth was Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi, making up for a disappointing end to Race 1 as the Thai rider beat Koki Suzuki over the line by less than a tenth.

Takuto Suzuki took P11, with Malaysian Haziq Hamdan taking P12 on home soil. Australian Reid Battye was thirteenth ahead of another Malaysian – Syairul Suhaimi – with Koko Tadachi from the Philippines completing the top fifteen.

The Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup gets back on track at Motegi in October, racing as part of the MotoGP weekend at the legendary Japanese venue.

Comments

Hiroshi Aoyama, Asia Talent Scout
“It was a difficult race for the riders, because it started to rain on the grid so we had to stop and change tyres. When they were back on the grid again, the conditions weren’t full dry or full wet but we had to use rain tyres. But the tyre choice was the same for everyone. They were difficult conditions for the tyres but they were staying constant. Can had a great race, wet or dry doesn’t matter, and Deniz – he was feeling sick before and last night, but even like that he was fighting to the end. And Yamanaka, who wasn’t happy yesterday, pushed a bit more. He tried to pass Deniz but was a bit over the limit. But they all had quite a good race! We want to thank all the staff and support from Honda and Idemitsu – it was a great race and we’re looking forward to Motegi. After these two races the Championship is closer and we have races to go – so we’ll see who will take that, and how the riders improve towards the end of the season.”
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Gery Salim

IDEMITSU ASIA TALENT CUP 2017
Round 04: Sepang International Circuit – Malaysia

Race 1
Rank Rider
1Can Alexsander Öncü(Turkey)
2Deniz Oncu(Turkey)
3Ryusei Yamanaka(Japan)
4Azroy Anuar(Malaysia)
5Haruki Noguchi(Japan)
6Gerry Salim(Indonesia)
7Lucky Hendriansya(Indonesia)
8Muhammad Erfin Firmansyah(Indonesia)
9Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi(Thailand)
10Koki Suzuki(Japan)
11Takuto Suzuki(Japan)
12Haziq Hamdan(Malaysia)
13Reid Terrence Battye(Australia)
14Syairul Yuslie Bin Suhaimi(Malaysia)
15Koko Masaharu Tadachi(Philippines)
DNFBima Febrinda Arfin(Indonesia)
DNFKai Saito(Japan)
DNFKoji Hirama(Japan)
DNFGenki Nakajima(Japan)
Race 2
Rank Rider
1Can Alexsander Öncü(Turkey)
2Deniz Oncu(Turkey)
3Ryusei Yamanaka(Japan)
4Azroy Anuar(Malaysia)
5Haruki Noguchi(Japan)
6Gerry Salim(Indonesia)
7Lucky Hendriansya(Indonesia)
8Muhammad Erfin Firmansyah(Indonesia)
9Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi(Thailand)
10Koki Suzuki(Japan)
11Takuto Suzuki(Japan)
12Haziq Hamdan(Malaysia)
13Reid Terrence Battye(Australia)
14Syairul Yuslie Bin Suhaimi(Malaysia)
15Koko Masaharu Tadachi(Philippines)
DNFBima Febrinda Arfin(Indonesia)
DNFKai Saito(Japan)
DNFKoji Hirama(Japan)
DNFGenki Nakajima(Japan)

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