Round 02 Australia

  • Kurihara 4th in SS600 Race 2 at The Bend Motorsports Park

    Keisuke Kurihara (AP Honda Racing Thailand), took a 13th place start to a 4th place finish in Race 2 of the second round of the Asian Road Racing Championship at The Bend Motorsports Park in South Australia.


SS600

Keisuke Kurihara 4th in Race 2 at The Bend Motorsports Park

The Bend Motorsports Park, Australia, April 22, 2018

Round 2 of the Asia Road Racing Championship took place at The Bend Motorsports Park, 100 kilometers south-east Adelaide, Australia. In the SS600 class, Taiga Hada (Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10) was 3rd on the grid, while Tomoyoshi Koyama (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda) was one place behind. Keisuke Kurihara (AP Honda Racing Thailand) was lower down the grid, starting from 13th.

Koyama was off to a convincing start in a windy Race 1, but was hit on Turn 1 and falls. Honda riders chase the leaders, with Hada managing to climb to 2nd, with only Yuki Ito (Yamaha) in front. The race is halted after only three laps, though, when Ito crashes.

The 15-lap race was restart as a 9-lap sprint, and while Hada takes the lead, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Kawasaki) crashes while running 3rd, causing a second red-flag, leading to the cancelation of the race. Championship points were not awarded.

Taiga Hada(#23)

Taiga Hada(#23)

In Race 2, Hada takes the holeshot, followed closely by Ito. Hada relinquishes his lead to Ito by the end of the opening lap, who then leads Hada, Andi Farid Izdihar (Astra Honda Racing Team), and Koyama.

On Lap 4, Koyama falls, followed by Hada, and remain on the track, causing yet another red flag.

The restart of Race 2 was contested over a shortened 8 laps. This time, Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin (Yamaha) takes the holeshot, with Hada and four others close behind. Losing ground to the top three riders, Hada finds himself in a four-way battle for 4th, and then off the track and out of contention. Meanwhile, race leader Kasmayudin also finds himself off the track, and in a battle with Md Ramdan Rosli (Yamaha) Izdihar, and Kurihara for 3rd place. As Ito and Ratthapong Wilairot (Yamaha) fight for the lead, Ramdan rides 3rd alone, with Kurihara in 4th. Passawit Thitivararak (AP Honda Racing Thailand) was charging through the field, but fell on the final lap.

Ito takes the checkered flag, with Wilairot and Ramdan rounding off the podium. Kurihara finished 4th. Thitivararak, back on the track was 16th, while Hada’s comeback placed him 17th.

Comments

Keisuke Kurihara | AP Honda Racing Thailand: 4th

“I had a lot to overcome from the season-opener in Buriram, and tried to improve my riding and the way I think for the Australian round. The whole week was hectic, and I wrecked my bike on Saturday when I was hit by another rider in the warm-up. The team repaired the bike, and sent me out to the race, so I think this result is all thanks to them. I’ll be doing my best to get the results that will make the team happy in Suzuka.”

Taiga Hada | Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10 (17th)

“This was a tough week. I could only ride a few laps in free practice because of mechanical issues. I went into Qualifying not knowing how the bike would perform. But, thanks to the team’s hard work, I qualified 3rd. Race 1 was red-flagged. I crashed in Race 2. It’s all my fault, so I’ll aim to be the strong Taiga Hada in Suzuka.”

Tomoyoshi Koyama | MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda(DNF)

“It was a windy race. Not many riders were accustomed to racing in strong winds, and I was caught up in a crash in Race 1. The track’s layout is complicated. I was 2nd and in 5th gear into the 90-degree Turn 1 on the opening lap, and a rider behind me couldn’t brake in time and hit me. In Race 2 I was determined not to let the Yamahas get away from me, but I took too many risks and fell. This week was full of incidents, such as the tire warmers in Qualifying preventing me from my chance at a time attack, but on the positive side I wasn’t injured, and the suspension setup was spot on. I’ll take the positive aspects of this week into Suzuka.”

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AP250

Ahrens Takes the Double, Aji Second in Both Races at The Bend

In the AP250 class, Astra Honda Racing Team dominates Qualifying, with Rheza Danica Ahrens pole, Mario Suryo Aji 2nd and Awhin Sanjaya 3rd. Muklada Sarapuech (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand), attempting to emulate her first win in Thailand, was 9th on the grid.

Aji takes the lead in Race 1, distancing himself from the pack, which is caught up in a fierce battle for dominance. By the end of Lap 1, Aji leads, followed by Ahrens 2nd.

Ahrens manages to pull away from the pack, and closes in on Aji. Less than a second separate them, and on Lap 6, Aji takes the lead. Behind the leaders, Andy Muhammad Fadly (Kawasaki) and Sanjaya contest 3rd place. Sanjaya succeeds, but crashes on the last lap.

Ahrens and Aji maintain their positions, giving Honda a 1-2 finish. Fadly is 3rd, while Sarapuech improves her position to finish 5th.

Keisuke Kurihara(#88),Azroy Hakeem Anuar

Mario Suryo Aji,Rheza Danica Ahrens

In Race 2, Ahrens takes the holeshot, while Aji and Sanjaya are caught up in a crash on the first turn. This gives Ahrens the chance to pull away, and control the race from the front. The battle for 2nd is contested by a large group of riders, continuing lap after lap.

Fadly and Anupab Sarmoon (Yamaha), fighting for 2nd place, are caught by Aji, now a three-way battle. Fadly slides off the track, leaving Aji and Sarmoon to determine who would finish 2nd.

Ahrens is chased by Aji and Sarmoon, who are now joined once again by Fadly. Aji pulls ahead, leaving Sarmoon and Fadly with five other riders to contest 3rd place. Two more riders catch up, making the battle for 3rd a 9-way dispute.

Sarapuech emerges from the battle for 3rd, leading the pack, but her 3rd place is not counted as the race was stopped on the last lap due to a crash, and her previous lap’s standing was counted.

Ahrens once again is victorious, with Aji 2nd, Sanjaya 3rd, and Sarapuech 7th.

Comments

Rheza Danica Ahrens | Astra Honda Racing Team (1st / 1st)

“It was my first time here, so we worked as a team improving the bike one step at a time for the race. I managed to win Race 1, so we tried new settings to win Race 2, which we succeeded in doing. I rode trying to keep my lap times consistent. I’d like to thank my family, the team, our sponsors, and everyone supporting me in Indonesia.”

Mario Suryo Aji | Astra Honda Racing Team (2nd / 2nd)

“I was determined to win Race 2, because I was in the lead in Race 1 but I couldn’t win. I was slow off the mark, but I’m glad I could make my way back up to 2nd. I was on the podium in both races, which was good. Thank you to my family, the team, and my sponsors. I had a fun race.”

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Results

Supersports 600cc - Race 1 Result

※Race 1 canceled

Supersports 600cc - Race 2 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Yuki Ito(YAMAHA Racing Team Asean/Yamaha)
2 Ratthapong Wilairot(YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
3 Md Ramdan Rosli(Hong Leong YAMAHA Malaysia/Yamaha)
4 Keisuke Kurihara(A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
5 Keminth Kubo(YAMAHA Racing Team Asean/Yamaha)
6 Andi Farid Izdihar(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
7 Azroy Hakeem Anuar(Musashi Boon Siew Honda/Honda)
16 Passawit Thitivararak(A.P Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
17 Taiga Hada(Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten 10/Honda)

Asia Production 250cc - Race 1 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Rheza Danica Ahrens(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
2 Mario Suryo Aji(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
3 Andy Muhammad Fadly(Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
4 Anupab Sarmoon(YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
5 Muklada Sarapuech(A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
6 Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi(A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
15 Anish Damodara Shetty(Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10/Honda)
18 Chiou Ke-Lung(United Oil M-Mate Racing/Honda)
20 Cao Viet Nam(Yuzy Honda Vietnam Racing Team/Honda)
DNF Awhin Sanjaya(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)

Asia Production 250cc - Race 2 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Rheza Danica Ahrens(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
2 Mario Suryo Aji(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
3 Awhin Sanjaya(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
4 Anupab Sarmoon(Yamaha Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
5 Andy Muhammad Fadly(Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
6 Anggi Setiawan(Yamaha Yamalube KYT TJM WR Super Battery/Yamaha)
7 Muklada Sarapuech(A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
11 Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi(A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
15 Anish Damodara Shetty(Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10/Honda)
18 Chiou Ke-Lung(United Oil M-Mate Racing/Honda)
19 Cao Viet Nam(Yuzy Honda Vietnam Racing Team/Honda)

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