Round 16 Japan - Moto2

  • Somkiat Superb in Motegi

    After running in a top 3 position for the first few laps, only a little mistake prevented IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia’s Somkiat Chantra from achieving a better result, scoring three points. 


Report

Somkiat Superb in Motegi

Twin Ring Motegi
Rd.16 Motul Grand Prix of Japan
Dry conditions
Ambient: 23℃ / Track: 30℃

After running in a top 3 position for the first few laps, only a little mistake prevented IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia’s Somkiat Chantra from achieving a better result, scoring three points. Teammate Dimas Ekky Pratama maintained good progress and managed to match his best result of the season, finishing 21st. 

Somkiat Chantra | IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia (13th)

"Today I discovered new sensations, like riding in podium positions for several laps. I'm happy about this because during these laps I learned a lot. In the middle of the race, I started to have problems with the front, making some mistakes and losing many positions, but in general, I'm happy about my race. I have high confidence in myself, and now we go to Australia, a new track for me, where I will try to continue in the same way."

Dimas Ekky Pratama | IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia (21st)

"This weekend I'm happy with my progress, not for the position. In the warm-up, I had a bad feeling with the bike, but for the race, I tried to change my mentality. Aoyama gave me some good advice that allowed me to improve my lap time. This change is good, considering the next round in Australia. It will be a new track for me again. I will keep working like this, improving step by step."

Hiroshi Aoyama | Team Manager, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia

"Chantra did a brilliant race. Starting from sixth, he did a good start and, in the beginning, he stayed in the third position for a long time. From the middle of the race, he did a little mistake, losing confidence, but the important is he didn't crash. So, he maintained everything under control until the last lap. It's a pity that he finished 13th, but he managed very well the race. I'm pleased because he continues scoring points. Dimas also did a good race today. We saw that he was getting his pace day by day. I'm sure it wasn't an easy weekend for him. We have seen both riders improving, that's good for us. Next race is Phillip Island; it's will be his first time in Australia. I'm sure it will be a good experience for them."

Results

Round 16 Japan Race - Moto2 Standings

 
Rank Rider (Team)
13 Somkiat Chantra (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)
21 Dimas Ekky Pratama (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)

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