Round 07 Thailand

  • Zaidi Third Win in Race 1

    Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA) rode to his third win of the season in Race 1 of the final ARRC round at Chang International's Circuit, Thailand.


ASB1000

Zaidi Third Win in Race 1, 2nd in Race 2

Buriram, Thailand, November 30-December 1, 2019

The seventh and final round of the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) was held at Chang International Circuit in Thailand.

The ASB1000 class was contested over two 13-lap races. At this stage, Broc Parkes (Yamaha) led the championship with 212 points, followed by Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (BMW) with 193 points, and Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA) with 166 points. One of these three riders would become the 2019 champion, and Zaidi had his sights firmly on the top of the podium.

Awhin Sanjaya

Md Zaqhwan Zaidi

Race 1

Zaidi took pole position in Qualifying, and the holeshot as the race began. Apiwat Wongthananon (Yamaha) was close behind, and the two frontrunners battled for the lead. Parkes caught up to the frontrunners, but fell as he exited the last turn on Lap 5. Despite rejoining the race, his championship hopes were dashed, leaving Kamaruzaman and Zaidi as the remaining contenders for the title.

Zaidi took the lead, chased by Wongthananon, Thitipong Warokorn (Kawasaki), and Kamaruzaman. With two laps remaining, Wongthananon crashed, and although he managed to rejoin, he had lost a lot of ground. Zaidi maintained his lead to beat Kamaruzaman by 0.406s, with Warokorn 3rd. Parkes crossed the finish line 12th, earning 4 points, and while retaining the championship lead, he was only 3 points ahead of Kamaruzaman’s 213 points. Zaidi’s tally at this stage was 191 points.

Race 2

In the deciding Race 2, Zaidi’s chances of winning the championship outright were slim, but aiming for the double win he was off to a solid start, just behind race leader Kamaruzaman. As the race developed, Kamaruzaman opened his lead over Zaidi, who was caught up in a battle for 2nd with Wongthananon, soon to be caught by another two riders.

By Lap 7 Kamaruzaman increased his lead over Zaidi to a comfortable 5.076s. Zaidi managed to pull ahead of Warokorn who was now 3rd. The race order remained unchanged, with Kamaruzaman winning, Zaidi 2nd and Warokorn 3rd.

Parkes finished 7th, giving the championship to Kamaruzaman. In the final tally, Parkes was 2nd, and Zaidi 3rd.

Comments

Md. Zaqhwan Zaidi | Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA (1st / 2nd)

"I managed to do my best lap in Qualifying, went into Race 1 in pole position, and although the early stages were not good, I kept my concentration and won. I’m very satisfied and happy with this result. My start wasn’t good in Race 2, because I had to fend off other riders in the beginning, letting Azlan [Shah Kamaruzaman] open up his lead. I didn’t win, but I still managed to finish on the podium. I’m very grateful to all of my sponsors. I’ll start working now to win the championship next year."

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

"I’m glad Zaqhwan [Zaidi] managed to take pole, and win Race 1. He had a really good start, controlled the race well and gave us the best possible result. He continued to aim for the championship in Race 2, and finished 2nd. I believe he gave his best to get this result. It’s a pity that he could not win the title, but I’m grateful for the exceptional work by Zaidi and the team. We had some problems this year, and some crashes. We’ll aim to fix our mistakes next year. The most important thing for us to do is focus on next year with a new bike, and win the ASB1000 title. We’ll be doing our best."


SS600

Anuar 7th in Race 1, 6th in Race 2, 4th Overall

In the SS 600 class, Peerapong Boonlert (Yamaha) had already secured the championship in Round 6, Malaysia. Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin (Yamaha) had a sufficient points lead to secure 2nd, leaving riders to fight for overall 3rd in the championship. At this stage, Muhamad Adam Mohd Norrodin (Yamaha) was 3rd with 125 points, followed by Azroy Hakeem Anuar (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing) with 106 points, Andi Farid Izdihar (Astra Honda Racing Team) with 94 points, and Md Helmi Azman (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing) with 92 points. The round would be contested over two 12-lap races.

Azroy Hakeem Anuar

Azroy Hakeem Anuar

Race 1

On the front row of the grid was Kasmayudin on pole, Boonlert 2nd and Norrodin 3rd. On the second row were Anuar 5th and Izdihar 6th. Boonlert was in command of the race, chased by Kasmayudin and Norrodin, forming the lead group. Although Kasmayudin took the lead on occasion, he was promptly overtaken by Boonlert each time.

In the closing stages, Norrodin charged to the lead and the win. Boonlert finished 2nd, and Kasmayudin 3rd. Passawit Thitivararak (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand) was Honda’s top finisher in 5th, overcoming a three-way battle with Izdihar 6th and Anuar 7th.

Race 2

Kasmayudin took the holeshot in the second race of the final round, but Norrodin soon took the lead, chased by Boonlert and Izdihar, forming the lead group. Thitivararak led the chasing group, with Anuar and Izdihar close behind. On Lap 3 Boonlert took the lead, chased by Norrodin and Kasmayudin. Izdihar was up in 5th, chasing the race leaders.

Although Kasmayudin takes the lead from Boonlert on Lap 9, Boonlert soon regains the top spot on the following lap. Kasmayudin and Norrodin got into a side-by-side battle for the lead, in which Kasmayudin emerged as the leader on Lap 11, going on to win the race. Norrodin was 2nd, Boonlert 3rd. Izdihar conquered the battle for 5th, just ahead of Anuar 6th, and Thitivararak 7th. Azman finished 9th, Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand) 10th, and Rheza Danica Ahrens (Astra Honda Racing Team) 11th.

Anuar finished the season 4th overall, while Izdihar was 5th, Thitivararak 6th and Azman 7th.


AP250

Patoomyos Wins Race 2, Sanjaya On Podium in Both Races Ranks 2nd

Irfan Ardiansyah (Astra Honda Racing Team) went into the final round of the AP250 class leading the championship, alongside Andy Muhammad Fadly (Kawasaki) with 176 points. Awhin Sanjaya (Astra Honda Racing Team) was 3rd with 162 points, ahead of Muklada Sarapuech (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand) on 127 points. The championship title would go to one of these riders.

In Qualifying, Sarapuech was the fastest, taking pole. Rafid Topan Sucipto (Bike Corner SYS KYT Racing Team) was second fastest, followed by Piyawat Patoomyos (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand) for a Honda-dominated front row. Tatchakorn Buasri (A.P. Honda Racing Thailand) was fifth fastest, Ardiansyah sixth, and Sanjaya eleventh. Sethu Rajiv (IDEMITSU Honda Racing India) would start from P16.

Awhin Sanjaya

Awhin Sanjaya

Race 1

Sarapuech took the holeshot in the opening race, and led a string of riders behind. A multi-bike crash divides the group, with Sarapuech, Patoomyos, Sucipto, and Fadly forming the lead group, which was soon caught by the chasing riders, turning the battle for the lead into a 9-way ordeal. Sanjaya moved up to 2nd, closing in on Sarapuech. On the final turn Sarapuech lost balance, and was overtaken.

Sanjaya inherited the lead going into the final lap. Fighting tooth and nail at each turn, Fadly moves up into the lead and wins, just ahead of Sanjaya, Sarapuech, Sucipto, Ardiansyah and Buasri. The contenders at this point were Fadly leading with 201 points, Ardiansyah 2nd with 187 points, and Sanjaya 3rd with 182 points.

Race 2

Sucipto took the holeshot in Race 2 which was marred by a multi-bike pileup, but the race continued. Sarapuech pulled ahead of a massive lead group, taking control of the race. 18 riders battled for 2nd, while Sarapuech increased his distance from the mayhem, amassing a 2.612s lead. Unfortunately, Sarapuech pulled over to the side of the track on Lap 4, and retired.

Ardiansyah took over the lead, within a 14-way battle including Sucipto, Buasri, Hendriansya, Sanjaya and Vorapong Malahuan (Yamaha). In the closing stages, Buasri took the lead, and pulled ahead. Ardiansyah crashed, and was penalized. Once the dust had settled, Patoomyos was the winner, Malahuan 2nd, and Sanjaya 3rd.

Fadly finished 4th and secured the championship title. Sanjaya finished the season 2nd, and Ardiansyah was 3rd. Sarapuech ended his season 4th, and Hendriansya was 5th.


Results

Asian Superbikes 1000cc - Race 1 Result

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

Asian Superbikes 1000cc - Race 2 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 Thitipong Warokorn (KAWASAKI Thailand Racing Team/Kawasaki)
4 Apiwath Wongthananon (YAMAHA Thailand Racing Team/Yamaha)
5 Federico Sandi (Access Plus Racing DUCATI Philippines Essenza Team/Ducati)
6 Chaiwichit Nisakul (KAWASAKI Thailand Racing Team/Kawasaki)

Supersports 600cc - Race 1 Result

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

Supersports 600cc - Race 2 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin (Hong Leong YAMAHA Malaysia/Yamaha)
2 Muhamad Adam Mohd Norrodin (SIC Junior ZK Racing Team/Yamaha)
3 Peerapong Boonlert (Yamaha Thailand Racing Team/Yamaha)
4 Ahmad Afif Amran (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 Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
11 Rheza Danica Ahrens (Astra Honda Racing Team/Honda)

Asia Production 250cc - Race 1 Result

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

Asia Production 250cc - Race 2 Result

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Piyawat Patoomyos (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
2 Vorapong Malahuan (Yamaha Hispeed Racing Team/Yamaha)
3 Awhin Sanjaya (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
4 Andy Muhammad Fadly (Manual Tech KYT KAWASAKI Racing/Kawasaki)
5 Tatchakorn Buasri (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)
6 Md Muzakkir Mohamed (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team/Yamaha)
8 Shahrol Yuzy (Yuzy HONDA Racing/Honda)
10 Lucky Hendriansya (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
11 Rafid Topan Sucipto (Bike Corner SYS KYT Racing Team/Honda)
16 Senthil Chandrasekaran (IDEMITSU HONDA Racing India/Honda)
18 Rajiv Sethu (IDEMITSU HONDA Racing India/Honda)
19 Miu Nakahara (United Oil Y-Teq Liberty Racing/Honda)
DNF Irfan Ardiansyah (ASTRA HONDA Racing Team/Honda)
DNF Cao Viet Nam (HONDA Racing Vietnam/Honda)
DNF Muklada Sarapuech (A.P.Honda Racing Thailand/Honda)

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