Round 06 Thailand

  • Koyama 5th/4th, Best Honda Rider in Both Races

    MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda's Tomoyoshi Koyama finished 5th/4th in final round of the 2018 Asia Road Racing Championship season held at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand, giving the Japanese rider 6th overall for the season.


SS600

Koyama 5th/4th, Best Honda Rider in Both Races

Buriram, Thailand, December 2, 2018

The final round of the 2018 Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) season was held at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand. In the title-deciding SS600 class, top-ranked Anthony West (Yamaha) was not racing, giving riders ranked anywhere between 2nd and 9th a chance at the title.

Tomoyoshi Koyama(#634)

Tomoyoshi Koyama(#634)

In Qualifying, Ratthapong Wilairot (Yamaha) took pole position. Tomoyoshi Koyama (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda) was 6th fastest, while teammate Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda) was 7th, and Keisuke Kurihara (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand) was 9th. Andi Farid Izdihar (Astra Honda Racing Team) qualified 15th, and Taiga Hada (Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10) was 18th fastest.

In Race 1, Decha Kraisart (Yamaha) took the early lead, chased by a string of riders. Trying to catch the lead group, Zaidi came into contact with another rider and fell. Unable to rejoin the race, it was soon found out that Zaidi had fractured his wrist, knocking him out of Race 2 and the chance of winning the championship.

The Yamahas dominated as the race went on. Kraisart gradually caught up to Wilairot, challenging him for the lead. Further back, Ahmad Yudhistira (Kawasaki), Keminth Kubo (Yamaha) and Koyama vied for 3rd place. Yudhistira emerged ahead of the chasing group, doing everything he could to catch the two top riders. Both Kubo and Koyama were neck-and-neck, in pursuit of Yudhistira.

In the closing stages, Wilairot overcame Kraisart to take the lead and the checkered flag. Once the dust had settled, Wilairot was the winner, Kraisart 2nd, and Yudhistira 3rd. Off the podium, Kubo was 4th, Koyama 5th, Izdihar 7th, Kurihara 11th, and Hada 13th.

In Race 2, Wilairot takes the holeshot, but is soon caught and overtaken by Kraisart. The duo pull away from the field, which is led by Wilairot, Yudhistira, Kubo, Izdihar, Kurihara and Koyama. As Wilairot caught up to Kraisart, Kubo and Yudhistira were battling for 3rd. Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Kawasaki) was fighting it out for 4th. Kurihara was riding a lonely race in 7th, while Hada was further behind in 10th.

The battles continued into mid-race. The race order at this stage was: Kraisart, Wilairot, Kubo, Yudhistira, Kamaruzaman, Koyama and Kurihara. Kubo crashed, leaving Yudhistira, Koyama and Kamaruzaman to fight over 3rd.

As the race was drawing to a close, Wilairot gets ahead of Kraisart for the lead. Koyama chased Yudhistira in 3rd. Not far behind, Kamaruzaman and Kurihara were battling for 5th. On the last lap, Wilairot kept his lead to take the checkered flag first, giving him the double for the round, and the title. Kraisart finished 2nd, and Kamaruzaman inched out Koyama for 3rd. Kurihara was 6th, Izdihar 7th, and Hada 12th. In the overall ranking Koyama was 6th, Zaidi 8th, Hada 11th and Kurihara 12th.

Comments

Tomoyoshi Koyama | MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda(5th / 4th)

“As was with the opening round, I knew it would be a tough battle, but I think I managed to get the best results. Everyone in the team told me I did better than they imagined. I'm disappointed because I always aim to win the race and the title, but I'm satisfied because it was the best I could do given the circumstances. I'm grateful to be able to race with such a great team this year. I don't know what will happen next year, but I'll race as hard as always for whoever wants me.”

Keisuke Kurihara | A.P. Honda Racing Thailand (11th / 6th)

“Since changing the direction of the bike since Indonesia, I'm certain now that we went in the right direction. We did everything imaginable for the past two months to go faster, before coming to Buriram. Thanks to the team who believed in me, and believed and executed the program I came up with from Day 1, I had a good race and a fun race weekend. I'm grateful to the team and all our supporters. It was a tough season, without a single race I was satisfied with, but we managed to end the season on a slightly better note, and I regained my confidence. I'll take this hardship to heart, and do my best next season.”

Taiga Hada | Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10 (13th / 12th)

“I had problems all race week and couldn't set up the bike well, so we had a bard race. As the new ST1000 class starts next year, I can't race in SS600 because although my age is fine, I've been in the class too long. I've worked towards becoming SS600 champion in my final season, but I'm very disappointed as I couldn't achieve my aim. I have learned a lot, though, and I will put my experiences to good use.”

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AP250

Sanjaya Takes Race 1, Ahrens 2nd in Race 2

In AP250 class qualifying, Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand) grabbed pole position.

In Race 1, Mario Suryo Aji (Astra Honda Racing Team) took the early lead, only to be caught by a huge group of 11 riders, setting the stage for a fierce battle for the win.

Awhin Sanjaya(#198)

Awhin Sanjaya(#198)

The lead group, consisting of Awhin Sanjaya (Astra Honda Racing Team), Andy Muhammad Fadly (Kawasaki), Anupab Sarmoon (Yamaha), pinch-rider Galang Hendra Pratama (Yamaha), and Muklada Sarapuech (A.P Honda Racing Thailand), and not one could pull ahead. Rheza Danica Ahrens (Astra Honda Racing Team), who had sealed the championship in the previous round, and Rafid Topan Sucipto (Yamaha) caught up to the lead group, which now became even larger and more chaotic.

Aji takes the lead in the final lap, but Sarapuech fights back, taking the ferocity to a new level. On the final turn, Sarapuech's boldly weaves between riders falling left and right, but it was Sucipto who conquered the race, with Sanjaya 2nd and Sarapuech 3rd. Following the ceremony, Sarapuech was disqualified, and was not allowed to compete in Race 2.

In Race 2, Kaewsonthi rockets off ahead, but was soon caught by, and relinquished his lead to, Sarmoon. Ahrens, Sucipto, and Kanatat Jaiman (Yamaha) chased, and soon the lead group grew, as in Race 1.

As Aji pushed to take the lead, the front group grew to 7 riders. The chasing group consisted of 4 riders. Ahrens took the lead, closely followed by Aji, Fadly, Peerapong Boonlert (Yamaha) and Sarmoon. Aji retakes the lead, but cannot keep it. In the final lap, Fadly, unafraid of a bit of contact, reined victorious. Ahrens was 2nd and Sarmoon was 3rd. In the final standings, Ahrens was the champion (since the previous round), Sanjaya was 4th, Aji 6th, and Sarapuech 7th.

Comments

Rheza Danica Ahrens | Astra Honda Racing Team (4th / 2nd)

“I already had the title in hand, so I concentrated on winning the race, but Race 1 didn't go so well. In Race 2, I managed to fight for the win. I was close to winning Race 2 so I'm disappointed, but I achieved my aim of winning the championship, so it was a good season. I'll do my best again next year.”

Awhin Sanjaya | Astra Honda Racing Team (2nd / 6th)

“I'm glad I could fight to win, and was on the podium, in Race 1. The whole team was happy, so I'm happy. I could only do it because the team, the sponsors, my family and friends and everyone supported me. I'll aim to make next season even better.”

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Results

Supersports 600cc - Race 1 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Ratthapong Wilairot(YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
2 Decha Kraisart(YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
3 Ahmad Yudhistira(Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
4 Keminth Kubo(YAMAHA Racing Team Asean/Yamaha)
5 Tomoyoshi Koyama(Musashi Boon Siew Honda/Honda)
6 Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman(Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
7 Andi Farid Izdihar(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
10 Passawit Thitivararak(A.P Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
11 Keisuke Kurihara(A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
13 Taiga Hada(Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten 10/Honda)
15 Azroy Hakeem Anuar(Musashi Boon Siew Honda/Honda)
17 Sittisak Aonchaweang(Thai Honda Racing Club/Honda)
18 Gerry Salim(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
20 Warit Thognoppakun(A.P Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
RT Md Zaqhwan Zaidi(Musashi Boon Siew Honda/Honda)

Supersports 600cc - Race 2 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Ratthapong Wilairot(YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
2 Decha Kraisart(YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
3 Ahmad Yudhistira(Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
4 Tomoyoshi Koyama(Musashi Boon Siew Honda/Honda)
5 Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman(Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
6 Keisuke Kurihara(A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
7 Andi Farid Izdihar(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
10 Passawit Thitivararak(A.P Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
12 Taiga Hada(Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten 10/Honda)
14 Azroy Hakeem Anuar(Musashi Boon Siew Honda/Honda)
17 Gerry Salim(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
RT Sittisak Aonchaweang(Thai Honda Racing Club/Honda)
RT Warit Thognoppakun(A.P Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)

Asia Production 250cc - Race 1 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Rafid Topan Sucipto(Yamaha Yamalube KYT TJM WR Super Battery/Yamaha)
2 Awhin Sanjaya(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
3 Anupab Sarmoon(YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
4 Rheza Danica Ahrens(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
5 Piyawat Patoomyos(A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
6 Kanatat Jaiman(YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
12 Cao Viet Nam(Yuzy Honda Vietnam Racing Team/Honda)
13 Sethu Rajiv(Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10/Honda)
18 Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi(A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
19 Chiou Ke-Lung(United Oil M-Mate Racing/Honda)
22 Anish Damodara Shetty(Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10/Honda)
RT Mario Suryo Aji(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
DSQ Muklada Sarapuech(A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)

Asia Production 250cc - Race 2 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Andy Muhammad Fadly(Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing/Kawasaki)
2 Rheza Danica Ahrens(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
3 Anupab Sarmoon(YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
4 Rafid Topan Sucipto(Yamaha Yamalube KYT TJM WR Super Battery/Yamaha)
5 Galang Hendra Pratama(YAMAHA Racing Indonesia/Yamaha)
6 Awhin Sanjaya(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
8 Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi(A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
9 Piyawat Patoomyos(A.P. Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
10 Mario Suryo Aji(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
14 Cao Viet Nam(Yuzy Honda Vietnam Racing Team/Honda)
15 Sethu Rajiv(Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10/Honda)
19 Chiou Ke-Lung(United Oil M-Mate Racing/Honda)
20 Anish Damodara Shetty(Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10/Honda)

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