Yuki looking to make amends at unfavourable Sentul

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Yuki Ito is a Grand Prix motorcycle racer from Japan.

Yuki Ito is a Grand Prix motorcycle racer from Japan.

2015 Asia Road Racing Championship - logoYuki Ito is determined to bounce back from a disappointing season opener as he heads into Round 2 of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship in Indonesia this weekend.

The PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha ace was hoping to get off to a strong start after losing out on last year’s SuperSports 600cc crown by a single point to Zaqhwan Zaidi but struggled to find a competitive pace at Sepang where the opening round took place.

A poor qualifying run saw Yuki start from sixth row but to his credit, he muscled his way through the field to finish the 25-lap Race 1 sixth, improving by 10 positions. Boosted by the positive results, Yuki targeted the podium for Race 2 but crashed with six laps remaining.

With 10-points, Yuki is ranked 13th overall in the SuperSports 600cc standings while Mohd Zamri Baba (Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing) leads with 45 points followed by teammate, Yuki Takahashi and Dimas Ekky Pratama (Astro Honda Racing Team).

Yuki Ito 76 during the SuperSports 600cc race at Sepang

Yuki Ito 76 during the SuperSports 600cc race at Sepang

“Sepang was a huge letdown. We targeted to finish at least finish one of the two races on the podium but we didn’t even get into top five,” said a bitter Yuki.

He added, “Something was amiss, I could not concentrate 100 percent despite extensive preparations and we struggled to post strong lap times. I am still affected by our mistakes but we have to put that behind us and focus on making amends at Indonesia.”

Yuki Ito #76 battling with Ratthapong Wilairot 59 during the SuperSports 600cc race at Sepang

Yuki Ito #76 battling with Ratthapong Wilairot 59 during the SuperSports 600cc race at Sepang

Speaking about his expectations for the upcoming race, Yuki says the Sentul International Circuit is one of his least favourite tracks but insisted he will need to push very hard to step on the podium and bridge the point gap with the leaders.

Yuki Ito during the ARRC opening round at Sepang.

Yuki Ito during the ARRC opening round at Sepang.

“I’ve never been good at Sentul. It has a difficult layout and the bad track condition makes it more challenging. Not to mention, this is the Indonesian home ground so I am sure the local riders will go all out here. But given the circumstances, I must perform this weekend if not I might drop in the standings and drift further away from my championship dreams,” he said.

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