Round 02 Australia

  • Md Zaqhwan Zaidi Double 4th in Inaugural Australian ASB1000

    For the first time, the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) was held in Australia. 


ASB1000

Md Zaqhwan Zaidi Double 4th in Inaugural Australian ASB1000

The Bend Motorsport Park, Australia, April 27-28, 2019

For the first time, the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) was held in Australia. Pole position for the inaugural ASB1000 race went to local hero Broc Parkes (Yamaha), while Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA) led the Honda field qualifying 5th.

Md Zaqhwan Zaidi

Md Zaqhwan Zaidi

In Race 1, Bryan Staring (Kawasaki), standing in for injured Thitipong Warokorn, took the holeshot and proceeded to build a solid lead from Broc Parkes. Zaidi weaved his way to 3rd as the race began, holding his ground in the 6-way battle for the lead. Parkes catches Staring, and by the second lap took the lead, while Zaidi, Apiwath Wongthananon (Yamaha), Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (BMW), and Yuki Ito (Yamaha) followed closely behind. Parkes and Staring pulled away from the pack, leaving Zaidi, Wongthananon, Kamaruzaman and Ito battling for 3rd. Zaidi eventually pulled ahead, now chasing the top two riders.

After a fierce fight for supremacy with only 0.211s between them, Staring manages to overtake Parkes on Lap 6. Zaidi at this stage is a lonely 3rd, with Ito a now solid 4th. Once ahead of Parkes, Staring pulled away to solidify his lead, while Zaidi was being caught by Ito. Wongthananon was also closing in on Ito at this stage. Staring took the checkered flag, followed by Parkes, while the fight for 3rd raged on. On the final lap, Ito fended off Zaidi by a fraction of a second for the final podium place.

In Race 2, Bryan Staring leads a pack of seven at the start, Apiwath Wongthananon and Broc Parkes managing to keep up to emerge in a 3-way fight for the top spot. With only a second between the lead and chasing groups, chances were the latter group would soon be a serious problem for the race leaders. Md Zaqhwan Zaidi and Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman were the hot contenders for 4th at this time.

As Staring held onto the lead, Parkes was now 2nd, with Wongthananon behind him. They were chased by Yuki Ito, who had pulled away from the second group. Outmaneuvered by Ito for 3rd, Wongthananon was also overtaken by Zaidi and Kamaruzaman.

In the closing stages, Parkes posed a serious threat to Staring’s lead, while Ito rode a lonely race in 3rd, followed by Kamaruzaman, badgered by Zaidi. On Lap 10, Staring relinquishes the lead to Parkes, who went on to cross the finish line victorious. Staring was 2nd, Ito 3rd, and Zaidi, overcoming fierce competition, 4th. Kamaruzaman was 5th, and Wongthananon 6th.

Comments

Md Zaqhwan Zaidi | Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA (4th / 4th)

“It was the first time on this track, and the start wasn’t so bad, but I couldn’t increase my pace after changing tires. There was a lot I could improve, so I pushed as much as I could in Race 1. I did my best, but missed out on a podium spot. I feel so bad. I tried to do better in Race 2, but I finished 4th again. Still, we’re consistently gaining points, and I’m currently ranked 2nd in the overall points. I’ll keep on fighting hard to win the championship.”

Makoto Tamada | Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA Team Manager

“It was the first time on this track, and the riders were not familiar with its characteristics, so we kept changes to bike settings at a minimum. We focused on selecting the right tires for the race, to give us the best chance to win. Our times were improving each time we were on track, so it’s a pity we couldn’t finish 3rd in Race 1. In Race 2, we revisited our settings, but could not keep up with the changing conditions. The next round is at Buriram, our home track, for which we have data, so I believe we can maximize our chances using our riders’ and team’s strengths. We’ll do everything we can to get the best possible results.”


SS600

Anuar 3rd in Race 1, Izdihar Runner-up in Race 2

In the SS600 class, pole position went to Md Ibrahim Md Norrodin (Yamaha), while Azroy Hakeem bin Anuar (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing) secured a front row spot, qualifying 3rd. Rheza Danica Ahrens (Astra Honda Racing Team) was one spot behind, with Helmi bin Azman (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing) and Andi Farid Izdihar (Astra Honda Racing Team) on the same row. Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand) qualified 7th, and Passawit Thitivararak (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand) 9th.

Azroy Hakeem Anuar

Azroy Hakeem Anuar

In Race 1, Peerapong Boonlert (Yamaha) took the holeshot to lead the race, followed by Azman, Norrodin and Anuar. By the second lap, Boonlert increased his lead over Norrodin to 1.1s. The battle for 2nd was a 4-way ordeal at this stage, between Norrodin, Javier Orellana Malloy (Yamaha), Azman, and Anuar. On Lap 3, Malloy led the fight for 2nd, but this group was being caught by another chasing group. As Boonlert solidified his lead, Azman, in the fight for 2nd, crashed out on Lap 6.

Two laps later, Boonlert had increased his lead to 2.3s from Norrodin, Anuar and Malloy. Boonlert charged in the closing stages to secure the win, while Malloy overcame fierce competition to finish 2nd. Anuar was 3rd.

The start of Race 2 was a carbon copy of the preceding race, as Boonlert once again took the holeshot and the lead. Malloy was involved in a collision, taking him out of contention. By the end of the first lap, Boonlert led with Azman chasing. One lap later, Norrodin took over from Azman in chasing the leader, while Izdihar was closing in on both of them. In contention were Boonlert, leading, Norrodin, and Inzihar. The 5-way battle for 4th was led by Azman. Izdihar began to lag, leaving Boonlert and Norrodin to fight for the top spot. Anuar moved up to 4th, with Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha) and Norrodin close behind.

On Lap 7, Izdihar was catching up to the leaders, mounting a serious challenge for the victory. Amran moved up to 4th, chased by Anuar and Azman.

Boonlert once again held on to his lead to win. Izdihar crossed the line 2nd, ahead of Norrodin, 3rd. Amran was 4th, Anuar 5th, and Azman 6th.


AP250

Sarapuech on Podium in Both AP250 Races

Pole position for the AP250 race went to Andy Muhammad Fadly (Kawasaki). Muklada Sarapuech (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand) also secured a front row spot, qualifying 3rd. whin Sanjaya (Astra Honda Racing Team) would start the race 4th, while Piyawat Patoomyos (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand) and team-mate Tatchakorn Buasri (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand) were 6th and 7th fastest, respectively, in qualifying. Further down the grid, Irfan Ardiansyah (Astra Honda Racing Team) would start 9th, Irfan Ardiansyah (Astra Honda Racing Team) 11th, Senthil Chandrasekaran (Idemitsu Honda Racing India) 12th, and Rajiv Sethu (Idemitsu Honda Racing India) 18th.

Muklada Sarapuech

Muklada Sarapuech

In Race 1, Sarapuech was off to a commanding start, but at the first turn lost his balance and some ground. Aiki Iyoshi (Kawasaki) led the congested group out of the first lap. On the following lap, Sarapuech regained his pace and was 3rd, closing in on Fadly and the battle for the lead. By Lap 3, Fadly takes the lead, Iyoshi now 2nd and Sarapuech 3rd. Further back, Honda riders Tatchakorn Buasri, Lucky Hendriansya, Awhin Sanjaya and Piyawat Patoomyos battled for 4th.

Sarapuech veers off the track, but soon regained composure and was in back in the fight for the lead, which he takes on Lap 6. Buasri pulls ahead to solidify his 4th place spot, and at this stage, a fierce fight for supremacy rages between Sarapuech, Fadly and Iyoshi, the lead changing at nearly every turn. Sarapuech takes the lead at the first turn of the final lap, but Fadly conquers the last turn to cross the finish line ahead. Iyoshi was 2nd, and Sarapuech 3rd. Buasri was 4th.

Race 2 saw a hectic start with Fadly crashing out. Buasri emerged in the lead by the end of the opening lap, chased by Iyoshi and Reynaldo Ratukore (Yamaha). Of the eight riders fighting for the lead, Sarapuech was up to 3rd on Lap 2, and a lap later, was leading the race, with Hendriansya behind him. Iyoshi moved up from 3rd to take the lead on Lap 5, but is fiercely contested by Sarapuech. Iyoshi pulled ahead, leaving Sarapuech to defend 2nd spot from Buasri and Hendriansya. With two laps to go, Sarapuech emerged from the battle for 2nd to challenge the race leader, but failed to catch Iyoshi in time. Iyoshi was victorious, with Sarapuech 2nd and Buasri 3rd. Hendriansya just missed the podium, finishing 4th.


Results

Asian Superbikes 1000cc - Race 1 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Bryan Staring(Kawasaki Thailand Racing Team/Kawasaki)
2 Broc Parkes(YAMAHA Racing Team ASEAN/Yamaha)
3 Yuki Ito(YAMAHA Racing Team ASEAN/Yamaha)
4 Md Zaqhwan Zaidi(Honda Asia-Dream Racing With SHOWA/Honda)
5 Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman(ONEXOX TKKR SAG Racing Team/BMW)
6 Apiwath Wongthananon(YAMAHA Thailand Racing Team/Yamaha)

Asian Superbikes 1000cc - Race 2 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Broc Parkes(YAMAHA Racing Team ASEAN/Yamaha)
2 Bryan Staring(Kawasaki Thailand Racing Team/Kawasaki)
3 Yuki Ito(YAMAHA Racing Team ASEAN/Yamaha)
4 Md Zaqhwan Zaidi(Honda Asia-Dream Racing With SHOWA/Honda)
5 Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman(ONEXOX TKKR SAG Racing Team/BMW)
6 Apiwath Wongthananon(YAMAHA Thailand Racing Team/Yamaha)

Supersports 600cc - Race 1 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Peerapong Boonlert(Yamaha Thailand Racing Team/Yamaha)
2 Javier Orellana MALLOY(Victor Racing Team/Yamaha)
3 Azroy Hakeem Anuar(Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing Team/Honda)
4 Muhammad Ibrahim Norrodin(ZK Racing Kawasaki/Yamaha)
5 Ahmad Afif Amran(Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia/Yamaha)
6 Passawit Thitivararak(A.P Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
7 Andi Farid Izdihar(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
8 Rheza Danica Ahrens(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
9 Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
DNF Helmi bin Azman(Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing Team/Honda)

Supersports 600cc - Race 2 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Peerapong Boonlert(Yamaha Thailand Racing Team/Yamaha)
2 Andi Farid Izdihar(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
3 Muhammad Ibrahim Norrodin(ZK Racing Kawasaki/Yamaha)
4 Ahmad Afif Amran(Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia/Yamaha)
5 Azroy Hakeem Anuar(Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing Team/Honda)
6 Helmi bin Azman(Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing Team/Honda)
7 Passawit Thitivararak(A.P Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
8 Rheza Danica Ahrens(Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
DNF Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)

Asia Production 250cc - Race 1 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Andy Muhammad Fadly(Manual Tech KYT KAWASAKI Racing/Kawasaki)
2 Aiki Iyoshi(Manual Tech KYT KAWASAKI Racing/Kawasaki)
3 Muklada Sarapuech(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
4 Tatchakorn Buasri(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
5 Reynaldo Ratukore(ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team/Yamaha)
6 Piyawat Patoomyos(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
7 Irfan Ardiansyah(ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
10 Rajiv Sethu(Idemitsu HONDA Racing India/Honda)
11 Cao Viet Nam(HONDA Racing Vietnam/Honda)
14 Chiou Ke-Lung(United Oil Y-Teq Liberty Racing/Honda)
15 Lucky Hendriansya(ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
17 Senthil Chandrasekaran(Idemitsu HONDA Racing India/Honda)
20 Shahrol Yuzy(Yuzy HONDA Racing/Honda)
DNF Awhin Sanjaya(ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)

Asia Production 250cc - Race 2 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Aiki Iyoshi(Manual Tech KYT KAWASAKI Racing/Kawasaki)
2 Muklada Sarapuech(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
3 Tatchakorn Buasri(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
4 Lucky Hendriansya(ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
5 Reynaldo Ratukore(ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team/Yamaha)
6 Irfan Ardiansyah(ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
7 Awhin Sanjaya(ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
9 Piyawat Patoomyos(A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
12 Rajiv Sethu(Idemitsu HONDA Racing India/Honda)
13 Cao Viet Nam(HONDA Racing Vietnam/Honda)
15 Chiou Ke-Lung(United Oil Y-Teq Liberty Racing/Honda)
18 Shahrol Yuzy(Yuzy HONDA Racing/Honda)
DNF Senthil Chandrasekaran(Idemitsu HONDA Racing India/Honda)

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