2015 Asia Road Racing Championship – Round Two – Sentul International Circuit, Indonesia
Sentul ARRC marred by serious incidents
The first two days of practice at the second round of the 2015 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship at Sentul ran without any serious incidents, however, as the intensity of competition mounted on race day, the excitement of the races was marred by a string of racing incidences that put a damper on proceedings
Race one of the Asia Production 250cc class had to be aborted due to a pile-up early in the race. Race two saw Thai riders Apiwat Wongthananon and Nakarin Atiratphuvapat once again gaining an edge over Takehiro Yamamoto. Despite multiple attempts by Yamamoto to overtake the two riders, especially on the first corner, Apiwat and Nakarin were always able to respond. Apiwat grabbed the winning flag with a time of 21’32.998s followed by Nakarin in second place 21’33.231s. Yamamoto was forced to settle for third place with 21’33.239s.
Brandon Demmery had qualified 30th in the 250cc Production category after having some problematic early sessions before making progress to score a 19th place finish.
The SuperSports 600cc opening race was red flagged four laps into the race when Malaysian rider Muhammad Zamri Baba high sided at the exit of Turn five. Zamri was hit by another rider as he lay on the gravel bed and was immediately sent to the hospital at Sentul City.
The SuperSports 600cc race resumed with the number of laps reduced to 10 laps. Compatriots Ahmad Yudhistira and M. Fadli Immammuddin duelled for the win, with the chequered flag finally coming down in favour of Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki’s Yudhistira who clocked 15’37.249s at the end of the race. Fadli finished second with 15’37.330s while Yuki Ito finally managed to win a podium position at the Sentul Circuit in third place with 15’37.843s.
Race two of the SuperSports 600cc completed the full 16 laps with M. Fadli Immammuddin winning the race followed by Dimas Ekky Pratama in second place and Ratthapong Wilairot in third place. However, Jakkrit Sawangswat collided with Fadli after the chequered flag. Both riders suffered multiple injuries and were also immediately sent to the hospital.
Jakkrit underwent surgery last night and as of this morning, he has woken up and his condition seems to be getting better. With his doctor’s permission, Jakkrit will be moved to a hospital in Jakarta today for further treatment and recuperation
As of now, Zamri is still in the Intensive Care Unit. The team is staying back in Jakarta, Indonesia to assist with any logistical arrangements that may include the possibility of flying Zamri to a different medical facility once he has been given the release from the current hospital. The team is also flying Zamri’s family to Indonesia to be with him.
Mark Aitchison had again been the top qualifying Australian in the category putting his Yamaha 12th on the grid while countrymen Michael Blair and Aaron Morris were 22nd/23rd and Callum Spriggs 28th.
Aitchison carded eighth place finished in both bouts while Michael Blair and Aaron Morris recorded scored bests of 17th and 18th respectively with Callum Spriggs 23rd.
In the Underbone 130cc category, Norizman Ismail won the race with a time of 14’18.932s, followed by Gupita Kresna Wardhana in second place with 14’18.999s and Ferlando Herdian from Indonesia with 14’19.009s.
Gupita won Race 2 with a time of 19’31.469s. Md Affendi Rosli captured the second position with 19’31.539s and Ferlando Herdian grabbed his second podium of the day with 19’31.547s.
In the Asia Dream Cup Race 2, Muklada Sarapuech’s hopes of gaining another win came under pressure by the two Japanese riders Yusuke Nakamura and Hiroki Nakamura. Both Nakamuras successfully mounted a two-pronged attack on the Thai rider. In the end, Yusuke clinched the victory with 19’04.711s followed by Muklada in second place with 19’04.719s and Hiroki in third with 19’04.836s.
Young Australian Broc Pearson qualified 14th in the Asia Dream Cup before carding 10th and 13th place finishes in the two 10-lap races.
Broc Pearson – “Race one I scored a very strong start and was around 7th into the first turn but I was pushed wide on the exit and relegated to 13th, just behind Hasroy Osman. The first 11-riders started to form a group as Hasroy and I battled it out for 12th position. On the last lap, final corner I was patient and thought I would wait until the straight to get the slipstream on Hasroy, half way through the final corner I noticed Koko Tadachi had taken a fall which put me into 11th then I was able to get a clean run out of the final corner to slipstream Hasroy for 10th position over the line. I was so happy with my performance as my goal was top 10 which I had just accomplished while Muklada was once again on top, closely followed by Yusuke Nakamura and Hafiz Azman. The next day I planned to improve my results again. On Sunday we had one warm up session before our race which I used to find some faster lines and tried to run with a few faster guys. Race two I was off to another great start but unfortunately coming into turn six on the first lap, I was about 9th position when one of the riders locked up his rear and hit me off line, I wasn’t able to come back on line until there was enough room for me to push in which was 17th position, lap by lap I pulled back some time, made many passes and ended up making my way to 13th with a final close pass on the finish line, taking the position by 0.004 at the finish line. Yusuke Nakamura, Muklada Sarapeuch and Hiroki Nakamura rounded were the top three finishers. It was a great weekend of enjoyable riding and many things learnt that I must go home and work on, I will go back to Australia, train harder, study Suzuka in preparation for round three and then I will come back stronger.”
The Suzuki Asian Challenge Race 2 was won by yet another Thai rider, Patis Chooprathet with 16’36.833s, home favourite Andreas Gunawan in second place with 16’37.373s and Nazirul Izzat Md Baharuddin from Malaysia finished third with 16’38.016s.
2015 Asia Road Racing Championship – Sentul International Circuit – Results
SuperSports 600cc – Race 1
1. Ahmad Yudhistira (INA) Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki 15’37.249s
2. M. Fadli Imammuddin (INA) Astra Honda Racing Team 15’37.330s
3. Yuki Ito (JPN) PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha 15’37.843s
4. Ratthapong Wilairot AP Honda Racing Thailand 15’38.886s
5. Rafid Topan Sucipto 15’39.899s
SuperSports 600cc – Race 2
1. M. Fadli Immamuddin (INA) Astra Honda Racing Team 24’13.166s
2. Dimas Ekky Pratama (INA) Astra Honda Racing Team 24’13.964s
3. Ratthapong Wilairot (THA) AP Honda Racing Thailand 24’14.722s
4. Yuki Takahashi (JPN) Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing 24’15.361s
5. Tomoyoshi Koyama (JPN) T. Pro Yuzy Honda NTS 24’17.236s
SuperSports 600cc – Riders Standings
1. M.Fadli Imammuddin (INA) Astra Honda Racing Team 63 mata
2. Yuki Takahashi (JPN) MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing 52 mata
3. Md Zamri Baba (MAS) MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing 45 mata
4. Ahmad Yudhistira (INA) Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki 45 mata
5. Ratthapong Wilairot (THA) AP Honda Racing Thailand 45 mata
Asia Production 250cc – Race 2
1. Apiwat Wongthananon (THA) AP Honda Racing Thailand 21’32.998s
2. Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (THA) AP Honda Racing Thailand 21’323.231s
3. Takehiro Yamamoto (JPN) TRICKSTAR Racing 21’33.239s
4. Vorapong Malahuan (THA) AP Honda Racing Thailand 21’41.048s
5. Galang Hendra Pratama (INA) Yamaha Factory Racing Indonesia 21’41.051s
Asia Production 250cc Riders Standings
1. Apiwat Wongthananon (THA) AP Honda Racing Thailand 70 Mata
2. Takehiro Yamamoto (JPN) TRICKSTAR Racing 54 maata
3. Vorapong Malahuan (THA) AP Honda Racing Thailand 49 mata
4. Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (THA) AP Honda Racing Thailand 49 mata
5. Ryunosuke Hyodo (JPN) TRICKSTAR Racing 29 mata
Underbone 130cc Race 1
1. Norizman Ismail (MAS) Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing 14’18.932s
2. Gupita Kresna Wardhana (INA) Manual Tech KYT Rextor 14’18.999s
3. Ferlando Herdian (INA) BKMS Indonesia Racing Team 14’19.009s
4. Mohd Adib Rosley (MAS) RCB Yamaha YY Pang 14’19.039s
5. Mohd Rozaiman Mohd Said (MAS) T Pro Yuzy Honda NTS 14’19.057s
Underbone 130cc Race 2
1. Gupita Kresna Wardhana (INA) Manual Tech KYT Rextor Kawasaki 19’31.469s
2. Md Affendi Rosli (MAS) PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha 19’31.539s
3. Ferlando Herdian (INA) BKMS Indonesia Racing Team 19’31.547s
4. Md Fareez Afeez (MAS) FELDA PB Racing 19’31.587s
5. Reza Fahlevy (INA) RPM Racing 19’31.588
Underbone 130cc Riders Standings
1. Gupita Kresna Wardhana (INA) Manual Tech KYT Rextor Kawasaki 70 mata
2. Ferlando Herdian (INA) BKMS Indonesia Racing Team 56 mata
3. Norizman Ismail (MAS) Harian Metro Y Teq SCK Honda 54 mata
4. Abd Muhaimin Roslan (MAS) PETRONAS Yamaha Maju Motor 41 mata
5. Hokky Krisdianto (INA) R7 KYT AHRS SSS Racing Tech 33 mata
Asia Dream Cup Race 2
1. Yusuke Namakura (JPN) 19’04.711s
2. Muklada Sarapuech (THA) 19’04.719s
3. Hiroki Nakamura (JPN) 19’04.836s
4. Muhd Febrianshyah (INA) 19’04.941s
5. Yogha Dio Syachputra 19’05.010s
Asia Dream Cup Riders Standings:
1. Muklada Sarapuech (THA) 86 mata
2. Yusuke Nakamura (JPN) 85 mata
3. Hiroki Nakamura (JPN) 57 mata
4. Yogha Dio Syachputra (INA) 41 mata
5. Mohd Hafizh Nor Azman (MAS) 37 mata
Suzuki Asian Challenge Race 2
1. Patis Chooprathet (THA) 16’36.833s
2. Andreas Gunawan (INA) 16’37.373s
3. Nazirul Izzat Mohd Baharuddin (MAS) 16’38.016s
4. Muhammad Zulhilmi Yazid (MAS) 16’38.023s
5. Adhi Chandra (INA) 16’38.527s
Suzuki Asian Challenge Riders Standings
1. Patis Chooprathet (THA) 70 mata
2. Andreas Gunawan (INA) 65 mata
3. Md Zulhilmi Yazid (MAS) 45 mata
4. Adhi Chandra (INA) 44 mata
5. Kai Saito (JPN) 36 mata