Asia Road Rac­ing cham­pi­onship

Asia’s best motorcycle rac­ers de­scend upon Chen­nai


Last month was a real treat when we got to wit­ness top in­ter­na­tional rac­ers bat­tle it out across three classes as the fifth round of the asia road rac­ing Cham­pi­onship (arrC) was held at Chen­nai’s mmrt cir­cuit. top rid­ers from Ja­pan, malaysia, thai­land, and In­done­sia were in at­ten­dance with their teams, and spec­ta­tors in the packed stands got to ex­pe­ri­ence motorcycle rac­ing at the in­ter­na­tional level. we knew we were in for a show when lap records started tum­bling right from the first prac­tice ses­sion on Fri­day as thai rider Decha Krais­art set a new record around the 3.717-kilo­me­tre cir­cuit (1:41.305) astride his Yamaha r6 in the su­per­sport 600 class. the other two classes that made up the event were the asia Pro­duc­tion 250 cc and the Un­der­bone 150 cc, and there were two races in each class. on to the races.

Su­per­sport 600 RACE ONE

malaysian rider mohd Zaqh­wan Zaidi started from P2, but soon pulled ahead of pole sit­ter Keminth Kubo from Ja­pan and took an early lead in the 16-lap race. Push­ing his honda CBr600rr to the limit, Zaidi man­aged to hang on to the lead, and claimed a much-de­served vic­tory for the musashi Boon siew honda rac­ing team. Be­hind Zaidi Keminth Kubo fell back, while two other Ja­panese rid­ers, taiga hada and Yuki Ito, fought tooth and nail for the re­main­ing two spots on the podium. at the fin­ish line it was hada, aboard an­other CBr600rr and rid­ing for team rama honda rac­ing - by nts t.Pro ten10, who fin­ished barely half a sec­ond ahead of Ito, who set the fastest lap of the race (1:41.701) aboard his Yamaha rac­ing team r6. the sole In­dian con­tender in this class, sarath Ku­mar, fin­ished the race in 12th place aboard his CBr600rr.


sun­day’s race saw Ito chas­ing Zaidi for most of the 14-lap race, just wait­ing for the leader to make a mis­take. he saw his op­por­tu­nity on the 12th lap, and squeezed past the malaysian rider to

lead the last two laps to the fin­ish line. Zaidi crossed the line less than a sec­ond be­hind to se­cure sec­ond place and the lead in the cham­pi­onship stand­ings, while taiga hada set the fastest lap of the race (1:40.990) but lost time early on in the race and had to set­tle for the last spot on the podium. sarath Ku­mar im­proved his lap time from the pre­vi­ous race, but fin­ished the race in 13th po­si­tion.

Asia Pro­duc­tion 250 RACE ONE

satur­day’s aP 250 race saw Ja­panese rider to­moyoshi Koyama and thai rider anu­pab sar­moon in a close bat­tle through­out the 12-lap­per. sar­moon, rid­ing for the Yamaha thai­land rac­ing team, set the fastest lap of the race (1:49.724), but at the fin­ish it was Koyama who took the vic­tory for the rama honda team, barely a tenth of a sec­ond ahead of the thai rider. In­done­sia’s Galang hen­dra Pratama was able to pull away from the rest of the pack to se­cure a com­fort­able third place for Yamaha rac­ing In­done­sia. the only In­dian racer in the class, ra­jiv sethu, rid­ing for rama honda, fin­ished the race in 19th place.


Galang hen­dra Pratama once again set the fastest lap in sun­day’s race (1:56.106) and this time he was able to hold on to his lead, cross­ing the line nine-tenths of a sec­ond ahead of Koyama and claim­ing vic­tory for Yamaha rac­ing In­done­sia. It was clear that this lead pair were in a class of their own, con­stantly pulling away from the rest of the pack for the du­ra­tion of the 10-lap race. In third place, for the supra stu­dio honda Ikazuchi rac­ing team, was Ja­panese rider take­hiro Ya­mamoto, who crossed the line al­most eight sec­onds be­hind Koyama. Un­for­tu­nately, In­dian rider ra­jiv sethu did not fin­ish sun­day’s race fol­low­ing a crash on the fifth lap.

Un­der­bone 150 RACE ONE

although these may look like humble scooters, the Un­der­bone 150-cc class fea­tures highly tuned race-ready ma­chines piloted by skilled rid­ers set­ting blaz­ing lap times. satur­day’s 10-lap race was dom­i­nated by a trio of malaysian rid­ers, with sCK rapido hi rev honda rac­ing team’s Fakhrusy syakirin rostam fin­ish­ing first, just ahead of Uma rac­ing Yamaha maju mo­tor’s mohd haziq mohd Fairuz. Yuzy honda Viet­nam rac­ing team’s azroy ha­keem an­uar set the fastest lap of the race (1:54.336) and fin­ished in third place. this was a tightly-con­tested race, with the top five fin­ish­ing within half a sec­ond of one an­other. In­dian rider Prabhu aruna­giri could not match the pace of the ex­pe­ri­enced malaysian rid­ers and fin­ished in 13th place.


sun­day’s seven-lap­per once again saw an all-malaysian podium. this time it was azroy ha­keem an­uar on the top step, fol­lowed by mohd akid aziz of Uma rac­ing Yamaha maju mo­tor who set the fastest lap of the race (1:53.944). mohd haziq mohd Fairuz rode a fan­tas­tic race once again, but had to be con­tent with third place. again it was barely half a sec­ond that sep­a­rated these three at the fin­ish, mak­ing the Un­der­bone class one of the most ex­cit­ing to watch. Prabhu aruna­giri was able to im­prove on his per­for­mance from the pre­vi­ous day and fin­ished sun­day’s race in ninth place.

Yuki Ito on his way to vic­tory in Sun­day’s SS 600 race

Mohd Zaqh­wan Zaidi won Satur­day’s race

In­dian rider Ra­jiv Sethu fin­ished Satur­day’s race in nine­teenth place

An­uar on his way to vic­tory in Sun­day’s race

To­moyoshi Koyama (71) leads from Galang Hen­dra Pratama (99) in the first AP 250 race

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