Round 05 Indonesia

  • Izdihar Takes Double Win, Moves Up to Third Overall

    Local hero Andi Farid Izdihar followed up his very pole position to win both races in Round 5 of the Asia Road Racing Championship at the Sentul International Circuit in Indonesia.


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Izdihar Takes Double Win, Moves Up to Third Overall

Sentul International Circuit, Indonesia, October 14, 2018

Round 5 of the Asia Road Racing Championship was held at the Sentul International Circuit in Indonesia. The title battle was intense, and scoring points was vital in this penultimate round.

Andi Farid Izdihar(M), Md Zaqhwan Zaidi(R)

Andi Farid Izdihar(M), Md Zaqhwan Zaidi(R)

In SuperSports (SS600) qualifying, local hero Andi Farid Izdihar (Astra Honda Racing Team) clinched his very first pole position. Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (Musashi Boon Siew Honda) qualified 3rd, earning a front row start. Tomoyoshi Koyama (Musashi Boon Siew Honda) qualified 8th, and Taiga Hada (Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten 10) 9th. Keisuke Kurihara (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand) started 12th on the grid.

In Race 1, a tight start to the round was led by Ahmad Yudhistira (Kawasaki), followed closely by Zaidi, Izdihar, Ratthapong Wilairot (Yamaha), Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Kawasaki), Azroy Hakeem Anuar (Musashi Boon Siew Honda), and Koyama. Izdihar moved up to 2nd in the early stages, chasing race leader Yudhistira. Hada also moves up to 5th and Koyama 8th, but the battle for the lead was a one-on-one between Yudhistira and Izdihar, followed by Zaidi, who was chased by Wilairot. Decha Kraisart (Yamaha), Hada and Irfan Ardiansyah (Astra Honda Racing Team) fought for 5th. Further behind, Kamaruzaman and Koyama locked horns over 8th place.

Halfway into the race, Izdihar caught, and overtook Yudhistira, but gives the lead back on the next lap. The already close battle intensified with three laps remaining. On the last lap Yudhistira leads Izdihar by a fraction, with the latter waiting to pounce on any opportunity. Izdihar made his move to lead into and out of the final turn, and crossed the line for his first win a mere 0.029s in front of Yudhistira.

Zaidi finished 3rd, Ardiansyah overtook Wilairot for 4th, Hada was 6th, and Koyama gained places to finish 7th. Kurihara crossed the finish line 10th.

In Race 2, Yudhistira took the holeshot, with Izdihar, Zaidi, and Wilairot close behind, forming the lead group. Kamaruzaman and Kraisart fought for 5th further back. Hada was 7th, Koyama 9th, both chasing the battle for 5th. On Lap 3, Izdihar takes the lead. Yudhistira and Zaidi chase him, with Wilairot closing in. The fight for 5th forms a hug group.

Yudhistira takes the lead, with Izdihar close behind. Zaidi loses ground to the leaders, who are once again in a one-on-one battle. Zaidi and Wilairot fight for 3rd, while Ardiansyah moves up to 5th. Koyama is 7th, fighting tooth and nail.

In the closing stages, Izdihar swerves around Yudhistira and takes a convincing lead, finishing comfortably ahead to give him the double win. Yudhistira is 2nd, Wilairot keeps Zaidi in check to take 3rd, and Zaidi is 4th. Of Ardiansyah, Kraisart, Kamaruzaman and Koyama who fought for 5th, Ardiansyah edged ahead. Koyama was 8th, Hada 10th, and Kurihara 18th.

In the overall fight for the championship, Anthony West (Yamaha) kept the lead despite missing the Indonesian round, Kamaruzaman is 2nd, and Izdihar, bolstered by his double win, moved up to 3rd. Heading into the final round in Thailand, Zaidi is 5th, and Koyama is 7th.

Comments

Andi Farid Izdihar | Astra Honda Racing Team (1st / 1st)

“In Race 1 Yudhistira was fast, so I concentrated on my braking into the turns, to keep up with him. I aimed to overtake him every lap, but he would just come back. I didn’t give up though, and took my chance in the final lap. I’m so happy I could win. I kept my motivation up high into Race 2. It was a tough battle, but I managed to pull away for the double win. I gained points going into the final round, so I’ll do my best in Thailand.”

Tomoyoshi Koyama | Musashi Boon Siew Honda (7th / 8th)

“The track condition was worse than ever before, and there was so much gravel, it damaged my cowl. It was slippery even on the racing lines, and I spun and crashed in free practice. A 360 degree spin! I wasn’t injured, but a lot of riders couldn’t stay on the track, with the local riders having the advantage with their experience with the track. My results were not good, but there was a positive side. I found a good setup, and managed to fight with Azlan, Asia’s best hard-braker. I hope to use the experience I gained in the next fight for the All Japan title."

Taiga Hada | Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten 10 (6th / 10th)

“The track condition is bad even compared to last year, and the local riders had an advantage with their knowledge of the layout, but we still managed to set the bike up well. We used the data from Race 1 in which I finished 6th, and changed the setup drastically, which felt good before Race 2. We changed the setup again, trying to make it even better, but it wasn't a good match, and I had a tough Race 2. I'll do my best to be able to fight for the win in the final round.”

Keisuke Kurihara | A.P. Honda Racing Thailand (10th / 18th)

“I went into Race 1 feeling great because I was getting better with each session, and the team did a great job, but it was a problematic race. We didn't change the setup going into Race 2, but I made a mistake at the start and collided, so my race ended there and I apologize to the team for not getting any results. I can definitely feel improvement, though, so I will train hard to make sure I get results at Buriram.”

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Ahrens Dominates Race 1, Finished 2nd in Race 2, and Wins the Championship

As the race reaches midpoint, Sanjaya takes the lead, in a fierce battle with Ahrens. The fight for third heats up as well. In his efforts to take 5th place, Muklada Sarapuech (A.P Honda Racing Thailand) catches the fight for 3rd, which becomes a five-way ordeal.

Awhin Sanjaya(L), Rheza Danica Ahrens(R)

Awhin Sanjaya(L), Rheza Danica Ahrens(R)

The fight lasts until the end, and Ahrens emerges victorious, with Sanjaya close behind, followed by Fadly. Sarapuech crosses the line 4th.

Race 2 was a fierce fight from the onset. Ahrens leads Fadly and Aji. But as Aji moves in front, the lead group chasing him consists of Ahrens, Sanjaya, Fadly, and Anupab Sarmoon (Yamaha). Aji, Sanjaya and Ahrens pull ahead, forming the new ferocious lead group. Sarmoon leads the fight for 8th, gradually closing in on the group ahead.

On Lap 8, Aji crashes out of the fight for the lead, which is now between Sanjaya and Ahrens. On Lap 9, Sarapuech emerges victor of the 10-way fight for 5th. The battle for the lead is now a one-on-one fight, and the leader changes with each passing lap until the final lap, where Sanjaya reigns victorious. Ahrens is 2nd, Fadly 3rd, and Sarapuech 5th.

Aji, who was ranked 2nd overall, crashed in both races and finished the round scoreless, while Ahrens emerged with 193 points overall with his Race 1 win and Race 2 second place. Sarmoon currently 2nd with 126 points, faces an insurmountable 67 point gap, giving Ahrens the championship with one round to go.

Comments

Rheza Danica Ahrens | Astra Honda Racing Team (1st / 2nd)

“I couldn’t take pole position, but I won Race 1. I was longing to win in my home country on my home track, so I’m overwhelmed because I achieved my goal. I’m grateful to the team for preparing such a fantastic bike. I aimed to win, but I finished 2nd. But it was enough to give me the championship. I’m so glad, because this was my goal for this season. I thank the team, our sponsors, and my family.”

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Results

Supersports 600cc - Race 1 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Andi Farid Izdihar (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
2 Ahmad Yudhistira (Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
3 Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (Musashi Boon Siew Honda/Honda)
4 Irfan Ardiansyah (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
5 Ratthapong Wilairot (YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
6 Taiga Hada (Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten 10/Honda)
7 Tomoyoshi Koyama (Musashi Boon Siew Honda/Honda)
9 Azroy Hakeem Anuar (Musashi Boon Siew Honda/Honda)
10 Keisuke Kurihara (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
11 Passawit Thitivararak (A.P Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)

Supersports 600cc - Race 2 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Andi Farid Izdihar (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
2 Ahmad Yudhistira (Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
3 Ratthapong Wilairot (YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
4 Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (Musashi Boon Siew Honda/Honda)
5 Irfan Ardiansyah (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
6 Decha Kraisart (YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
8 Tomoyoshi Koyama (Musashi Boon Siew Honda/Honda)
10 Taiga Hada (Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten 10/Honda)
17 Passawit Thitivararak (A.P Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
18 Keisuke Kurihara (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
19 Azroy Hakeem Anuar (Musashi Boon Siew Honda/Honda)

Asia Production 250cc - Race 1 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Rheza Danica Ahrens (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
2 Awhin Sanjaya (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
3 Rafid Topan Sucipto (Yamaha Yamalube KYT TJM WR Super Battery/Yamaha)
4 Muklada Sarapuech (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
5 Andy Muhammad Fadly (Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
6 M.Faerozi (YAMAHA Racing Indonesia/Yamaha)
8 Sigit Purno Harjono (Astra Motor Racing Team Jakarta/Honda)
12 Yossie Legisadewo (United Oil M-Mate Racing/Honda)
14 Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
16 Cao Viet Nam (Yuzy Honda Vietnam Racing Team/Honda)
18 Nico Julian (Ultra Speed Details Proliner Elmo/Honda)
22 Chiou Ke-Lung (United Oil M-Mate Racing/Honda)
23 Sethu Rajiv (Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10/Honda)
25 Anish Damodara Shetty (Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10/Honda)
RT Ricky Susanto (Team YSS TDR Vrooam Furukawa WRX Puma Bali/Honda)
RT Mario Suryo Aji (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)

Asia Production 250cc - Race 2 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Awhin Sanjaya (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
2 Rheza Danica Ahrens (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
3 Andy Muhammad Fadly (Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
4 Rafid Topan Sucipto (Yamaha Yamalube KYT TJM WR Super Battery/Yamaha)
5 Muklada Sarapuech (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
6 Sigit Purno Harjono (Astra Motor Racing Team Jakarta/Honda)
10 Yossie Legisadewo (United Oil M-Mate Racing/Honda)
12 Nico Julian (Ultra Speed Details Proliner Elmo/Honda)
14 Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
20 Cao Viet Nam (Yuzy Honda Vietnam Racing Team/Honda)
21 Sethu Rajiv (Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10/Honda)
22 Chiou Ke-Lung (United Oil M-Mate Racing/Honda)
24 Anish Damodara Shetty (Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10/Honda)
RT Mario Suryo Aji (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
RT Ricky Susanto (Team YSS TDR Vrooam Furukawa WRX Puma Bali/Honda)

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