Round 06 Malaysia

  • Zaidi Fourth in Sepang Race 2

    Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA's Md. Zaqhwan Zaidi rode a strong ASB1000 class Race 2 to finish 4th, in the penultimate round of the Asia Road Racing Championship in Sepang, Malaysia.


ASB1000

Zaidi Fourth in Sepang Race 2

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia, September 22, 2019

Round 6 of the 2019 Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) was held at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. With the ambient temperature reaching 30℃ on an even hotter 52.3℃ track, Broc Parkes (Yamaha) took pole position in ASB1000 qualifying. Md. Zaqhwan Zaidi (Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA) was one row behind, starting from 4th place.

Md Zaqhwan Zaidi

Md Zaqhwan Zaidi

Race 1

Parkes took the holeshot, with Zaidi right behind. Although the Honda rider took the lead at Turn 1 on the second lap, he fell soon after. Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (BMW) soon took over, closely chased by Federico Sandi (Ducati), Apiwat Wongthananon (Yamaha) and Parkes. Sandi bolted into the lead on Lap 3, with Wongthananon 2nd, with Kamaruzaman, Ahmad Yudhistira (Yamaha), and Thitipong Warokorn (Kawasaki) in tow. On Lap 7 Kamaruzaman took the lead, which he did not relinquish as he crossed the finish line. Warokorn won the battle for 2nd, and Wongthananon finished 3rd.

Race 2

Zaidi, who had fallen in Race 1, was deemed fit, and was on the starting grid, eager to go. Although Warokorn took the holeshot, Zaidi was through the first turn in 2nd place. Despite a strong start, Zaidi could not find the right positioning and lost places, setting himself up for a tough fight.

At the end of Lap 1 the race order was Warokorn, chased by Wongthananon, Parkes, Kamaruzaman, and Zaidi. Wongthananon pulled ahead on the following lap, with Parkes, Warokorn, Kamaruzaman, Sandi and Zaidi forming the leading group. The battle heated up with Warokorn, Wongthananon and Parkes changing places seemingly at each turn. Six riders contended the race, with Zaidi 7th, the leader of the chasing group.

On Lap 7, Kamaruzaman was in the lead. Warokorn was 2nd, chased by Wongthananon and Parkes. Zaidi had moved up to 5th, and was eager to catch up, and by Lap 9 was 4th. Despite nearly falling again, he somehow kept his balance and was homing in on the top three riders. On the last Lap Kamaruzaman pulled away for a convincing win. Warokorn was next, Wongthananon 3rd, and Zaidi 4th.

Going into the season finale, Parkes leads the points, with Kamaruzaman 2nd and Zaidi 3rd.

Comments

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

"I was aiming to win in Race 1, so I’m really disappointed and sad that I fell. There was no information from the bike, and I just suddenly crashed. I tried to recover in Race 2, but I couldn’t get the same great feeling I had during warmup, and I couldn’t win. I wasn’t even on the podium, which is sad. I’m aiming for a double-win in the last round."

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

"Race 1 was a pity, as Zaidi was in the lead when he crashed. In Race 2, we aimed to finish in front of Azlan and Broc, considering the championship. We had good lap times in the morning practice session so I thought we were in for a good race, but track conditions changed for the race, and we couldn’t keep up the pace. Even so, Zaidi managed to finish the race without falling, which was good. We’re not giving up on the championship, as we have one round left."


SS600

Anuar Scores in Both Races, Moves Up to Fourth Overall

For Honda, Andi Farid Izdihar (Astra Honda Racing Team) qualified 5th, Azroy Hakeem Anuar (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing) 6th, and behind them Rheza Danica Ahrens (Astra Honda Racing Team) 7th and Passawit Thitivararak (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand) 8th. Md Helmi Azman (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing) qualified 11th, and Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand) was to start 12th.

Azroy Hakeem Anuar

Azroy Hakeem Anuar

Race 1

On the opening lap, Izdihar was involved in a severe crash while chasing the leading riders, and retired. As a three-way battle for the lead heated up on Lap 3, Anuar, Ahrens and Thitivararak were contesting 4th place 3 seconds behind. Another 2 seconds behind, Azman, Javier Orellana Malloy (Yamaha) and Kaewsonthi were in a fight for 7th.

By Lap 5, Anuar was a lonely 4th, and Thitivararak a lonely 5th, as the leaders fought for the lead well ahead. Malloy was a closely contested 6th, but was overtaken by Azman. On Lap 9, Md Ramdan Rosli (Yamaha) charged into the lead, which he kept as he was met by the checkered flag. Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin (Yamaha) finished 2nd, Peerapong Boonlert (Yamaha) 3rd, Anuar 4th, and Azman 5th ahead of just in front of Thitivararak. Kaewsonthi crossed the finish line in 8th place.
Boonlert had amassed enough points to win the championship, with one round remaining.

Race 2

The holeshot went to Kasmayudin in Race 2, followed by Boonlert and Ahrens. Azman was in pursuit, but fell, although he was soon back on his feet again.

Boonlert was ahead at the end of the first lap, chased by Kasmayudin, Rosli, and Azroy. On Lap 3 Boonlert pulled ahead of the lead group closely followed by Kasmayudin. Rosli and Azroy fought for 3rd, while Izdihar closed in.

Boonlert couldn’t maintain his lead, and was caught by Kasmayudin, while the battle for 3rd caught up to both riders in front. On Lap 5 three riders were in a fierce fight for the front, with Azroy close behind.

In the closing stages Boonlert kept Kasmayudin at bay, and won the race. Rosli was 3rd, Md Izam Ikmal (Yamaha) 4th, Anuar 5th, Izdihar 6th, Ahrens 8th, Thitivararak 9th, and Azman 14th.


AP250

Ardiansyah Wins Race 1, Sanjaya Race 2

In the AP250 class, Muklada Sarapuech (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand) took pole, with Lucky Hendriansya (Astra Honda Racing Team) qualifying 2nd, and Rafid Topan (bike Corner SYS KYT Racing Team) 3rd. On Row 2 was Irfan Ardiansyah (Astra Honda Racing Team) 6th. Piyawat Patoomyos (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand) was 7th, and Awhin Sanjaya (Astra Honda Racing Team) 8th. Tatchakorn Buasri (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand) would start the race 13th, and Sethu Rajiv (IDEMITSU Honda Racing India) 15th.

Irfan Ardiansyah

Irfan Ardiansyah

Race 1

Sarapuech was quick off the mark, but it was Andy Muhammad Fadly (Kawasaki) who took the holeshot. Hendriansya was in the lead at one stage, but is soon overtaken by Fadly, and is closely chased by Sarapuech. By the end of Lap 1 Sarapuech is in the lead, with Fadly, Hendriansya and Sanjaya close behind. The four riders pull ahead, the lead going to one or the other at each turn, for lap after lap.

Fadly veers off the track and out of the leading group, but soon back on the track albeit a few positions down. On Lap 2 the race order is Hendriansya, Sanjaya and Sarapuech, who soon regains the lead. The following lap, Ardiansyah takes the lead with Sarapuech and Hendriansya in chase. On Lap 4 Sarapuech leads, but is caught by Fadly, Sanjaya and Ardiansyah. A massive battle for the lead is contested between nine riders, who are barely ahead of the chasing group.

On Lap 6 Sanjaya takes the lead, only to be overtaken by Sarapuech. Into the final lap Sarapuech leads, but Ardiansyah is right on his tail. Rafid Topan Sucipto grabs the lead, but it was Ardiansyah who changed his line, and take the victory. Sarapuech was 2nd and Sucipto 3rd, giving Honda all three podium finishes. Sanjaya was 4th, Fadly 5th, and Hendriansya 6th in a battle separated by fractions of a second.

Race 2

In Race 2 Fadly took the holeshot followed by Hendriansya, who in turn was just ahead of a gaggle of riders. The lead group separated by a fraction of a second consisted of Fadly, chased by Sarapuech, Sanjaya, Aiki Iyoshi (Kawasaki), Ardiansyah, Reynaldo Chrisantho Ratukore, and Sucipto. 19 riders were in the lead group by the end of the opening lap. Sarapuech charges to the lead in Lap 2, with Ardiansyah and Fadly keeping up. The battle for the lead intensifies on Lap 3, with Fadly ahead once more, but on the following lap, the leaders’ lines cross, giving Sarapuech the chance to pull ahead. Sanjaya is 2nd, Ratukore 3rd, and Buasri 4th.

None of the frontrunners seemed to be able to hold down the lead for a single turn, let aline a whole lap. On Lap 5, Sanjaya crossed the control tower just ahead of Sarapuech, who retakes the lead on the following lap. Close behind were Sanjaya, Ratukore, Suttipat, Fadly, Hendriansya and Ardiansyah.

After a valiant performance, Suttipat falls on the final lap, while Sarapuech holds Fadly and Sanjaya at bay. But at the last turn, Sarapuech crashes, giving the victory to Sanjaya, just ahead of Fadly 2nd and Ratukore 3rd. 4th place went to Hendriansya, while Ardiansyah crossed the line 5th. Buasri was 7th, and Azman was 8th.

Comments

Irfan Ardiansyah | Astra Honda Racing Team (1st / 5th)

"The battle in the last lap was fierce and I thought hard on how to approach it, but I decided to just go as far as I could and try hard. My concentration was the reason I won, and it was good I could give it my best."

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

"It was a tough battle with Fadly, not knowing who would win. It was really tense, so I’m glad I could win. I’m so glad I won in Race 2. I’m grateful to my team and my family who continue to support me."


Results

Asian Superbikes 1000cc - Race 1 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Racing Team/BMW)
2 Thitipong Warokorn (KAWASAKI Thailand Racing Team/Kawasaki)
3 Apiwath Wongthananon (YAMAHA Thailand Racing Team/Yamaha)
4 Broc Parkes (YAMAHA Racing Team ASEAN/Yamaha)
5 Federico Sandi (Access Plus Racing DUCATI Philippines Essenza Team/Ducati)
6 Ratthapong Wilairot (YAMAHA Thailand Racing TEAM/Yamaha)
DNF Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (Honda Asia-Dream Racing With SHOWA/Honda)

Asian Superbikes 1000cc - Race 2 Result

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

Supersports 600cc - Race 1 Result

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

Supersports 600cc - Race 2 Result

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

Asia Production 250cc - Race 1 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Irfan Ardiansyah (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
2 Muklada Sarapuech (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
3 Rafid Topan Sucipto (Bike Corner SYS KYT Racing Team/Honda)
4 Awhin Sanjaya (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
5 Andy Muhammad Fadly (Manual Tech KYT KAWASAKI Racing/Kawasaki)
6 Lucky Hendriansya (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
9 Cao Viet Nam (HONDA Racing Vietnam/Honda)
11 Tatchakorn Buasri (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
12 Muhammad Syarifuddin Azman (Idemitsu Boon Siew Honda Racing/Honda)
16 Shahrol Syazras Shahrol Yuzy (Yuzy HONDA Racing/Honda)
17 Senthil Chandrasekaran (Idemitsu HONDA Racing India/Honda)
21 Md Idlan Haqimi Raduan (Idemitsu Boon Siew Honda Racing/Honda)
22 Piyawat Patoomyos (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
23 Miu Nakahara (United Oil Y-Teq Liberty Racing/Honda)
DNF Rajiv Sethu (Idemitsu HONDA Racing India/Honda)

Asia Production 250cc - Race 2 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Awhin Sanjaya (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
2 Andy Muhammad Fadly (Manual Tech KYT KAWASAKI Racing/Kawasaki)
3 Reynaldo Chrisantho Ratukore (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Racing Team/Yamaha)
4 Lucky Hendriansya (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
5 Irfan Ardiansyah (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
6 Muhammad Faerozi Toreqottullah (YAMAHA Racing Indonesia/Yamaha)
7 Tatchakorn Buasri (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
9 Muhammad Syarifuddin Azman (Idemitsu Boon Siew Honda Racing/Honda)
11 Cao Viet Nam (HONDA Racing Vietnam/Honda)
15 Rajiv Sethu (Idemitsu HONDA Racing India/Honda)
16 Shahrol Syazras Shahrol Yuzy (Yuzy HONDA Racing/Honda)
17 Senthil Chandrasekaran (Idemitsu HONDA Racing India/Honda)
20 Md Idlan Haqimi Raduan (Idemitsu Boon Siew Honda Racing/Honda)
23 Miu Nakahara (United Oil Y-Teq Liberty Racing/Honda)
DNF Muklada Sarapuech (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
DNF Rafid Topan Sucipto (Bike Corner SYS KYT Racing Team/Honda)
DNF Piyawat Patoomyos (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)

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