Round 04 Japan

  • Pole-sitter Zaidi Second in Suzuka Race 1

    Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA), ASB1000 class pole-sitter in Round 4 of the 2019 Asia Road Racing Championship in Japan, rode to a well-earned second place in Race 1. 


ASB1000

Pole-sitter Zaidi Second in Suzuka Race 1

Buriram, Thailand, June 2, 2019

Round 4 of the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) was held at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie, Japan. Pole position for the ASB1000 class went to Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA), well-versed in racing at Suzuka, due to his MFJ All Japan Road Race Championship JSB1000 and Suzuka 8 Hours experiences. Team manager Makoto Tamada, being Japanese and himself a Honda rider, was intent on winning at the team's home track, and Zaidi obliged by earning himself pole position.

Md Zaqhwan Zaidi

Md Zaqhwan Zaidi

In Race 1, Zaidi takes the holeshot, and leads the race. The race order for the opening lap was Zaidi, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (BMW), and Broc Parkes (Yamaha). Zaidi conceded the lead to Kamaruzaman at Turn 1, but soon retook his position at the front, fending off challenges from Kamaruzaman and Apiwat Wongthananon (Kawasaki). By Lap 3 the chasing group had caught up to the leaders, inflating the battle for the lead to ten contestants. From there, the top five riders pulled away: Zaidi led Kamaruzaman, Wongthananon, Thitipong Warokorn (Kawasaki) and Parkes.

On Lap 8, Parkes took the lead at Turn 1 pushing Zaidi back a place, but thanks to a mistake by Parkes, Zaidi manages to retake the lead at the hairpin with Parkes, Kamaruzaman and Wongthananon in tow. One lap later Zaidi slid off the track, returning in 4th place, but managed to charge back to 3rd at the 130R. As Parkes increased his lead, Zaidi caught up to, and overtook, Kamaruzaman on the final lap, standing his ground to the finish line. Parkes won, Zaidi was 2nd, and Kamaruzaman 3rd.

Race 2 began as a carbon copy of the previous race. Pole-sitter Zaidi once again took the holeshot and led the race. He relinquished the lead to Wilairot and Shinichi Nakatomi (Yamaha) at the Spoon corner, but soon takes 2nd place back and chases race leader Wilairot. On Lap 3, Nakatomi moves up to 2nd at Turn 1, and Yuki Ito took 3rd as well. As Nakatomi and Ito pass Wilairot to move up to 1st and 2nd, Zaidi was on a lonely quest in 5th. Unable to close the gap with the race leaders, Zaidi finished Race 2 in 5th place.

Comments

Md Zaqhwan Zaidi | HONDA Asia Dream Racing With SHOWA (2nd / 5th)

 "I managed to lead the early stages of the race because I had pole position, but I veered off the track, and it was hard to recover my pace from there. Tire choice was difficult this time, and I chose the medium compound out of the three types. It was my only choice because I had crashed with the other two compounds, but it was difficult to adjust my riding to the tires.

"I started off well in Race 2, again, but I could not keep the lead. I was determined to win, and I had prepared well for the race, so I'm very disappointed I could not win. I'll be doing my best to prepare for the next race."

Makoto Tamada | HONDA Asia Dream Racing With SHOWA Team Manager

"The whole team wanted to win the Japan round, but we missed out on the results we fought for. I'm sorry, and disappointed. On the other hand Zaidi was fast enough to take pole and lead the race, demonstrating how he had developed as a rider. We'll be going over the data from today's races with the mechanics and Zaidi, to bring our team back to the form we showed in the opening round where we won in the rain. "


SS600

Wildcard Yuto Sano Earns Points With 4th/6th Finishes

Pole position in the SS600 class went to Peerapong Boonlert (Yamaha), with wildcard entry Kota Arakawa (MOTOBUM HONDA) 5th, and Yuto Sano (BATTLE FACTORY), another wildcard, 7th.

Yuto Sano

Yuto Sano

In Race 1, Boonlert, winner of the first six races of the season, took the holeshot. Just behind him, Arakawa was caught up in a multi-pileup, retiring from the race. Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin (Yamaha) takes his place to chase the leader, as they pull away from the rest of the field. Further back, Sano was on his own, riding in 5th place.

On Lap 6, Sano challenges Muhamad Adam Mohd Norrodin (Yamaha) for 4th place, and successful in his efforts, is rewarded with 4th place as he crossed the finish line.

Race 2 started in drenched conditions. Once again, pole-sitter Boonlert took the holeshot to lead the race, but due to multiple incidents, the race is soon red-flagged.

With the safety car on track and the race delayed, once the rain clouds had gone, the shortened 5-lap race was restarted. The track surface, complete wet. Despite challenging the leaders in the opening lap, Sano gets caught up in a fight for 5th with Andi Farid Izdihar (Astra Honda Racing Team). Izdihar emerges in front, to take 5th place. Sano ended the race 6th.


Comments

Yuto Sano | BATTLE FACTORY (4th / 6th)

"I had raced in the AP250 as a wildcard five years ago, but this is my first time in the SS600. ST600 in Japan is raced on Bridgestones, but Asia raceses on Dunlops, so I aimed to overcome the differences in tires. I'm not happy I didn't finish on the podium in Race 1, but I was the fastest Honda rider, which gave me some confidence. As soon as Race 2 started I crashed, and with the red flag I rushed to get back to the pits to prepare for the restart, but the bike was damaged too much, so I couldn't maintain my position in the closing stages. I'm grateful, though, to have the opportunity to race in Asia, which is different to the All Japan series. I'll go back to Japan, and apply what I've learnt here."

AP250

Awhin Sanjaya 2nd/1st, Moves up to 3rd Overall

Rafid Topan (bike Comer SYS KYT Racing Team) was fastest in qualifying, earning him pole position. Irfan Ardiansyah (Astra Honda Racing Team) qualified 3rd for a front row start, while Muklada Sarapuech (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand) was further back, in 6th. Lucky Hendriansya (Astra Honda Racing Team) was 7th, and teammate Awhin Sanjaya (Astra Honda Racing Team) was 8th.

Awhin Sanjaya

Awhin Sanjaya

Andy Muhammad Fadly (Kawasaki) took the holeshot in Race 1, maintained his lead, and met the checkered flag for the victory. Eight riders contested 2nd, led by Sarapuech. Ardiansyah was among the riders chasing, and battling hard with Sarapuech. Ardiansyah pulled ahead of the battle just enough to take 2nd place, while Sanjaya had to settle for 4th, and Sarapuech 5th.

Race 2 was a wet ordeal. Topan was fastest to Turn 1 for the holeshot. Sarapuech follows close behind, but falls hard at the Degner corner, and retires. Topan and Sanjaya fought for the lead, while twelve riders were contending for 3rd, led by Ardiansyah.

Sanjaya took the lead on Lap 3, overtaking Topan. Ardiansyah and Fadli were fighting for 3rd at this stage, to be joined by Piyawat Patoomyos (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand). On Lap 7 while contending for the lead, Topan crashes at the Degner, giving Sanjaya not only the lead, but the win. Ardiansyah finished 2nd, with Patoomyos 4th.

Comments

Awhin Sanjaya | Astra Honda Racing Team (4th / 1st)

"It rained, but we had done some tests, so I concentrated on sticking to my pace and consistent laps without taking risks. I was unhappy that I didn't finish on the podium in Race 1, so I'm overjoyed I won Race 2."

Irfan Ardiansyah | Astra Honda Racing Team (2nd / 2nd)

"I had trouble in pulling away from the chasing group in Race 1, and let Fadli pull ahead, but I'm glad I finished on the podium. I was aiming to win in Race 2, but the rain made it hard. I still managed to finish 2nd. I'm happy that our team managed a 1-2 finish."


Results

Asian Superbikes 1000cc - Race 1 Result

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

Asian Superbikes 1000cc - Race 2 Result

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

Supersports 600cc - Race 1 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Soichiro Minamimoto (AKENOSPEED/Yamaha)
2 Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin (Hong Leong YAMAHA Malaysia/Yamaha)
3 Peerapong Boonlert (Yamaha Thailand Racing Team/Yamaha)
4 Yuto Sano (Battle Factory/Honda)
5 Muhamad Adam Mohd Norrodin (SIC Junior ZK Racing Team/Yamaha)
6 Kyosuke Okuda (Team MF/Kawasaki)
8 Rheza Danica Ahrens (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
9 Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
10 Passawit Thitivararak (A.P Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
11 Helmi bin Azman (Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing Team/Honda)
15 Andi Farid Izdihar (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
DNF Azroy Hakeem Anuar (Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing Team/Honda)
DNF Kota Arakawa (Motobum Honda/Honda)

Supersports 600cc - Race 2 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Peerapong Boonlert (Yamaha Thailand Racing Team/Yamaha)
2 Kyosuke Okuda (Team MF/Kawasaki)
3 Soichiro Minamimoto (AKENOSPEED/Yamaha)
4 Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin (Hong Leong YAMAHA Malaysia/Yamaha)
5 Andi Farid Izdihar (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
6 Yuto Sano (Battle Factory/Honda)
7 Passawit Thitivararak (A.P Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
9 Kota Arakawa (Motobum Honda/Honda)
10 Helmi bin Azman (Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing Team/Honda)
12 Rheza Danica Ahrens (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)
14 Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
16 Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (Honda Asia-Dream Racing With SHOWA/Honda)
DNF Azroy Hakeem Anuar (Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing Team/Honda)

Asia Production 250cc - Race 1 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Andy Muhammad Fadly (Manual Tech KYT KAWASAKI Racing/Kawasaki)
2 Irfan Ardiansyah (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
3 Reynaldo Ratukore (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team/Yamaha)
4 Awhin Sanjaya (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
5 Muklada Sarapuech (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
6 Lucky Hendriansya (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
7 Rafid Topan Sucipto (Bike Corner SYS KYT Racing Team/Honda)
8 Piyawat Patoomyos (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
10 Nobuteru Sasaki (Team KYOEI GO&FUN/Honda)
14 Tatchakorn Buasri (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
15 Rajiv Sethu (Idemitsu HONDA Racing India/Honda)
17 Yuta Kasai (TEAM TEC 2/Honda)
20 Shunya Mori (TEAM TEC 2/Honda)
21 Kazuki Tomita (ATJ Racing with NMC/Honda)
22 Shahrol Yuzy (Yuzy HONDA Racing/Honda)
23 Miu Nakahara (United Oil Y-Teq Liberty Racing/Honda)
28 Senthil Chandrasekaran (Idemitsu HONDA Racing India/Honda)

Asia Production 250cc - Race 2 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Awhin Sanjaya (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
2 Irfan Ardiansyah (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
3 Andy Muhammad Fadly (Manual Tech KYT KAWASAKI Racing/Kawasaki)
4 Piyawat Patoomyos (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
5 Sawapol NILLAPONG (Yamaha Thailand Racing Team/Yamaha)
6 Aiki Iyoshi (Manual Tech KYT KAWASAKI Racing/Kawasaki)
10 Shunya Mori (TEAM TEC 2/Honda)
12 Kazuki Tomita (ATJ Racing with NMC/Honda)
14 Rajiv Sethu (Idemitsu HONDA Racing India/Honda)
18 Miu Nakahara (United Oil Y-Teq Liberty Racing/Honda)
20 Senthil Chandrasekaran (Idemitsu HONDA Racing India/Honda)
21 Lucky Hendriansya (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
DNF Nobuteru Sasaki (Team KYOEI GO&FUN/Honda)
DNF Rafid Topan Sucipto (Bike Corner SYS KYT Racing Team/Honda)
DNF Tatchakorn Buasri (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
DNF Yuta Kasai (TEAM TEC 2/Honda)
DNF Shahrol Yuzy (Yuzy HONDA Racing/Honda)
DNF Muklada Sarapuech (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
DNF Cao Viet Nam (HONDA Racing Vietnam/Honda)

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