Round 03 Thailand

  • Zaidi Clinches Second in ASB1000 Round 3 Race 1

    Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA's Md Zaqhwan Zaidi emerged runner-up from a four-way battle for the lead in the closing stages of Race 1, in Round 3 of the Asia Road Racing Championship in Thailand.


ASB1000

Zaidi Clinches Second in ASB1000 Round 3 Race 1

Buriram, Thailand, June 2, 2019

Round 3 of the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC), Thailand, was held on June 2 at the Chang International Circuit. Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (BMW) was fastest in qualifying. Also on the front row was Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA), who qualified third.

Md Zaqhwan Zaidi

Md Zaqhwan Zaidi

Kamaruzaman was fastest off the mark followed closely by Zaidi, but Broc Parkes (Yamaha) nudged his way in between the two frontrunners. Parkes conquered the opening lap, chased by Kamaruzaman 2nd and Yuki Ito (Yamaha) 3rd.

Kamaruzaman badgered Parkes in a one-on-one battle to gain supremacy at the last turn. At this stage Zaidi was 3rd. Kamaruzaman took the lead on Lap 4, but relinquished his position to Parkes on the following lap. The two fought a close race, with Zaidi a fraction of a second behind. Into Lap 6, the order was Parkes, Kamaruzaman, Zaidi. Ito caught up to the trio, for a now four-way battle for the lead. Further back, Apiwat Wongthananon (Yamaha) caught up to Zaidi and Ito, dragging them back from the fight for the lead. Zaidi overcame this battle and resumed his chase of the two riders ahead.

On Lap 10, Kamaruzaman overcame Parkes to take the lead. Hardly anything separated Parkes, Zaidi, Ito and Wongthananon, the fight for the lead growing to five riders, but Parkes ran wide, changing the order to Kamaruzaman, Zaidi, Ito, Parkes and Wongthananon. Parkes managed to regain some places by overtaking Ito and closing in on Zaidi, but by this time Kamaruzaman crossed the finish line. Zaidi outran Parkes to take 2nd, in front of Wongthananon 3rd, followed by Parkes 4th and Ito 5th.

In Race 2, Parkes, Wongthananon and Kamaruzaman were the main contenders. Parkes pulled away on Lap 7 to lead the race, chased by Wongthananon and Kamaruzaman. Further back, Ito and Zaidi were fighting it out for 4th. Zaidi managed to outmaneuver Ito.

On Lap 9, Kamaruzaman passed Wongthananon moving up to 2nd, but nearly slid off the track, returning to race pace in 3rd. Zaidi caught the recovering rider, contending 3rd place. The fight for the lead developed into a four-way ordeal between Parkes, Wongthananon, Kamaruzaman and Zaidi. On the final lap, Wongthananon closed in on race leader Parkes. Kamaruzaman passed Wongthananon to challenge Parkes, and dived in on the inside of Parkes at the final turn. His gamble paid off, as he crossed the finish line ahead of Parkes, Wongthananon and Zaidi.

Comments

Md Zaqhwan Zaidi | Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA (2nd / 4th)

“I managed to finish on the podium in Race 1, but I was not happy because I was aiming to win. I rode carefully as it rained at the start, and once I caught up to Azlan [Shah Kamaruzaman] I knew I could overtake him because I had good rhythm, but I made a big mistake with two laps to go and nearly crashed, and lost time. I couldn’t take any risks to make up for the lost time. I also aimed to win in Race 2, but even though I could catch up, I could not overtake. I’ll push harder at Suzuka and aim to win.”

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

“Despite our concern with the track conditions because of the light rain before the start, Zaqhwankept a steady pace from the start, and rode a solid race. He caught up to the leaders, and finished on the podium. Race 2 was difficult. He pushed hard to get ahead in the leading group, but he couldn’t keep it up for the whole race. In the next round, we have to do better than finishing on the podium. We have to win. Suzuka is our home track, and we want to prove how strong we have become to everyone supporting our team.”


SS600

Izdihar Fifth in both SS600 Races

Peerapong Boonlert (Yamaha) took pole position for the start of the SS600 class, with Andi Farid Izdihar (Astra Honda Racing Team) also on the front row. Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand) qualified 6th, and Azroy Hakeem Anuar (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing) would start 7th. Passawit Thitivararak (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand) was 8th on the grid, Rheza Danica Ahrens (Astra Honda Racing Team) next to him in 9th, and Md Helmi Azman (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing) was behind them in 12th.

Andi Farid Izdihar

Andi Farid Izdihar

In Race 1, Boonlert took the holeshot to lead the early stages of the race. The Yamahas of Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin (Yamaha) and Md Ramdan Rosli (Yamaha) followed close behind, vying for the right to challenge Boonlert. Further behind was Izdihar. Kasmayudin and Rosli caught up to Boonlert for a three-way fight which continued for a number of laps, as Izdihar closed in on the trio.

On Lap 3, Rosli took the lead momentarily, but was soon behind Boonlert again. Izdihar then caught up to Boonlert, Rosli and Kasmayudin, while Muhamad Adam Mohd Norrodin (Yamaha) and Anuar fought for 5th place. On Lap 4, Kasmayudin stormed into the lead, in front of Boonlert, Rosli and Izdihar. On Lap 5, Boonlert retook the lead, in front of Kasmayudin. Rosli and Izdihar were fighting for 3rd as Norrodin was closing in on them. On Lap 10, Norrodin caught, and overtook the pair, gaining 3rd place, and was closing in on the race leaders.

Boonlert built up a commanding lead to take the victory, with Norrodin 2nd, and Rosli, who overtook Kasmayudin at the final turn, 3rd. Izdihar was 5th, Anuar 6th, Thitivararak 7th, Azman 9th, Ahrens 10th and Kaewsonthi 11th.

Boonlert’s pace was formidable in Race 2 as well, taking the opening lap, and leading the race. Norrodin was 2nd, followed by Kasmayudin, Rosli, Izdihar, and Anuar. Five riders formed the lead group, but Boonlert stayed ahead, stringing out the once packed group. Despite chaos due to a crash in the chasing group, the race continued, giving Boonlert the double win. Norrodin crossed the line 2nd, and Kasmayudin was 3rd. Izdihar finished 5th, Anuar 6th, and Azman 8th. Ahrens, Kaewsonthi and Thitivararak failed to finish the race.


AP250

Sarapuech On Top of Honda-dominated AP250 Race 1 Podium,
Buasri Wins Race 2

Muklada Sarapuech (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand) was pole-sitter for the start of the AP250 class. Honda dominated the front row, with Irfan Ardiansyah (Astra Honda Racing Team) and Tatchakorn Buasri (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand) qualifying 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Piyawat Patoomyos (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand) qualified 5th, Sethu Rajiv (IDEMITSU Honda Racing India) 7th, Awhin Sanjaya (Astra Honda Racing Team) 12th, and teammate Lucky Hendriansya (Astra Honda Racing Team) 15th. Senthil Chandrasekaran (IDEMITSU Honda Racing India) qualified 20th, and started on the last row of the grid.

Muklada Sarapuech

Muklada Sarapuech

In Race 1, Sarapuech took the holeshot closely chased by Buasri, leaving the rest of the field to try to keep up. Sarapuech steadily pulled away, and by Lap 4 was one second ahead of Buasri. The fight for 3rd was a fierce seven-way battle, with positions changing at every turn. Ardiansyah fended off a challenge from Andy Muhammad Fadly (Kawasaki) for 3rd, but they were barely ahead of a string of challengers.

Sarapuech continued to increase his lead, and finished the race victorious. Buasri was 2nd. Ardiansyah emerged ahead from the ferocious, accident-filled battle, to take 3rd, giving Honda total domination of the podium.

In Race 2, Buasri was quick off the mark, but Sarapuech was quicker, taking, and keeping the lead, ahead of a long string of contenders. Fifteen riders had a serious shot at winning, but it was Buasri who pulled ahead. Sarapuech ran into mechanical problems, pitted, and ended his race.

Buasri was soon caught by Ardiansyah, who were then caught by other riders led by Sanjaya. Up to five riders were neck-and-neck at one stage. The battle for the lead grew to eight riders, continuing into the last lap. Sanjaya pulled ahead, but was quickly overtaken by Buasri, who went on to win. Sanjaya was 2nd, and Muhammad Faerozi ToreqoTullah (Yamaha) was 3rd. Ardiansyah was a close 4th, with Patoomyos 7th and Hendriansya 8th. Rafid Topan (Bike Corner SYS KYT Racing Team) finished 10th.

Comments

Muklada Sarapuech | A.P.Honda Racing Thailand (1st / DNF)

“Thailand is my home track, so I’m really happy I could win here. I thank my family, the team and our sponsors. I’ll do my best to win the championship.”

Tatchakorn Buasri | A.P.Honda Racing Thailand (2nd / 1st)

“I’d like to thank everyone who supported me. I’m grateful to my team, our sponsors, and our fans. I was happy with 2nd, but I won the second race! I’m overjoyed.”


Results

Asian Superbikes 1000cc - Race 1 Result

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

Asian Superbikes 1000cc - Race 2 Result

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

Supersports 600cc - Race 1 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Peerapong Boonlert (Yamaha Thailand Racing Team/Yamaha)
2 Muhamad Adam Mohd Norrodin (SIC Junior ZK Racing Team/Yamaha)
3 Md. Ramdan Rosli (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Racing Team/Yamaha)
4 Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin (Hong Leong YAMAHA Malaysia/Yamaha)
5 Andi Farid Izdihar (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
6 Azroy Hakeem Anuar (Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing Team/Honda)
7 Passawit Thitivararak (A.P Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
9 Helmi bin Azman (Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing Team/Honda)
10 Rheza Danica Ahrens (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
11 Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)

Supersports 600cc - Race 2 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Peerapong Boonlert (Yamaha Thailand Racing Team/Yamaha)
2 Muhamad Adam Mohd Norrodin (SIC Junior ZK Racing Team/Yamaha)
3 Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin (Hong Leong YAMAHA Malaysia/Yamaha)
4 Md. Ramdan Rosli (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Racing Team/Yamaha)
5 Andi Farid Izdihar (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
6 Azroy Hakeem Anuar (Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing Team/Honda)
8 Helmi bin Azman (Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing Team/Honda)
RT Rheza Danica Ahrens (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
RT Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
RT Passawit Thitivararak (A.P Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)

Asia Production 250cc - Race 1 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Muklada Sarapuech (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
2 Tatchakorn Buasri (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
3 Irfan Ardiansyah (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
4 Muhammad Faerozi Toreqottullah (YAMAHA Racing Indonesia/Yamaha)
5 Piyawat Patoomyos (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
6 Andy Muhammad Fadly (Manual Tech KYT KAWASAKI Racing/Kawasaki)
7 Lucky Hendriansya (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
8 Awhin Sanjaya (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
9 Cao Viet Nam (HONDA Racing Vietnam/Honda)
10 Rafid Topan Sucipto (Bike Corner SYS KYT Racing Team/Honda)
18 Senthil Chandrasekaran (Idemitsu HONDA Racing India/Honda)
21 Miu Nakahara (United Oil Y-Teq Liberty Racing/Honda)
22 Rajiv Sethu (Idemitsu HONDA Racing India/Honda)
DNF Shahrol Yuzy (Yuzy HONDA Racing/Honda)

Asia Production 250cc - Race 2 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Tatchakorn Buasri (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
2 Awhin Sanjaya (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
3 Muhammad Faerozi Toreqottullah (YAMAHA Racing Indonesia/Yamaha)
4 Irfan Ardiansyah (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
5 Andy Muhammad Fadly (Manual Tech KYT KAWASAKI Racing/Kawasaki)
6 Aiki Iyoshi (Manual Tech KYT KAWASAKI Racing/Kawasaki)
7 Piyawat Patoomyos (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
8 Lucky Hendriansya (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
10 Rafid Topan Sucipto (Bike Corner SYS KYT Racing Team/Honda)
12 Rajiv Sethu (Idemitsu HONDA Racing India/Honda)
14 Cao Viet Nam (HONDA Racing Vietnam/Honda)
20 Senthil Chandrasekaran (Idemitsu HONDA Racing India/Honda)
21 Miu Nakahara (United Oil Y-Teq Liberty Racing/Honda)
DNF Shahrol Yuzy (Yuzy HONDA Racing/Honda)
DNF Muklada Sarapuech (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)

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