Indonesia riders sound early warning at Sentul ARRC

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Local Indonesian riders, M. Fadli Immammuddin have given early indication of their intention to conquer the SuperSports 600cc podium in front of their home crowd as Round 2 of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship takes off at the Sentul Circuit in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Local Indonesian riders, M. Fadli Immammuddin have given early indication of their intention to conquer the SuperSports 600cc podium in front of their home crowd as Round 2 of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship takes off at the Sentul Circuit in Jakarta, Indonesia.

2015 Asia Road Racing Championship - logoLocal Indonesian riders, Ahmad Yudhistira, M. Fadli Immammuddin and Dimas Ekky Pratama have given early indication of their intention to conquer the SuperSports 600cc podium in front of their home crowd as Round 2 of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship takes off at the Sentul Circuit in Jakarta, Indonesia (June 5 to 7, 2015).

All three Indonesian 600cc aces have been strong throughout the first day of practice, clocking in within the top ranks of the 600cc timesheets. At the end of both Practice 1 and 2, Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki’s Ahmad Yudhistira checked in as the fastest rider with a time of 1’30.408s followed by team mates M. Fadli Immammudin and Dimas Ekky Pratama who were second and third fastest with times of 1’30.582s and 1’30.694s respectively.

2015 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship leader Muhammad Zamri Baba who is also the current lap record holder at Sentul Sentul Circuit, Indonesia.

2015 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship leader Muhammad Zamri Baba who is also the current lap record holder at Sentul Sentul Circuit, Indonesia.

Championship leader Muhammad Zamri Baba who is also the current lap record holder at Sentul, was fourth fastest with a personal best of 1’30.759. Japanese rider Makoto Inagaki rounded up the top five of the day with 1’31.078s.

“Posting the fastest time of the day has certainly been a great confidence booster for me and the team, but we are not so easily satisfied. The target for tomorrow (Saturday, June 6 – Qualifying Day), is to break Zamri’s existing lap record of 1’30.128s. I want to be the first to lap under the 1 minute 30 second mark,” said Yudhistira.

AP Honda Racing Thailand rider Apiwat snared the early honours as the fastest man of the day with 1’46.475s.

AP Honda Racing Thailand rider Apiwat snared the early honours as the fastest man of the day with 1’46.475s.

Meanwhile in the Asia Production 250cc class, Thai rider Apiwat Wongthananon and Japanese rider Takehiro Yamamoto resumed the rivalry they began at Round 2 in Sepang, Malaysia with both riders vying to top the free practice timesheets.

AP Honda Racing Thailand rider Apiwat snared the early honours as the fastest man of the day with 1’46.475s, leaving Yamamoto frustrated with the second fastest time of the grid of 1’46.540s. Apiwat’s team mate Peerapong Boonlert checked in third fastest with 1’47.252s followed by Indonesian riders Galang Hendra Pratama with 1’47.475s and Rusman Fadhil with 1’47.527s.

“The team is still trying to set my second engine as we think we can do better. There is no doubt that team TRICKSTAR Racing and Yamamoto have done a lot to improve their bike but we are confident that our team have also done enough to secure the win here in Sentul and extend our championship lead. It will be an interesting race because the track is even more bumpy than it was last year,” said Apiwat.

Defending champion Gupita Kresna Wardhana took provisional pole with a time of 1’54.576s at 2015 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship Round 2, Sentul Circuit, Indonesia.

Defending champion Gupita Kresna Wardhana took provisional pole with a time of 1’54.576s at 2015 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship Round 2, Sentul Circuit, Indonesia.

In the Underbone 130cc class, the home team has come out strong to maintain their dominance in this unique South East Asian racing class. Defending champion Gupita Kresna Wardhana took provisional pole with a time of 1’54.576s, leading compatriots Ferlando Herdian who clocked second fastest with 1’54.730s, Hokky Krisdianto third fastest with 1’54.746s and Wahyu Aji Trilaksana fourth fastest with 1’54.832s. The only foreign rider in the Underbone 130cc top five was Malaysia’s Md Adib Rosley who chalked up 1’55.568s.

“Frankly, today’s laptimes from everyone was really bad compared to last year. We are a whole second slower! So there is plenty of work left to do,” groused Gupita who qualified for pole position in 2014 with a time of 1’53.367s.

In the Honda’s Asia Dream Cup developmental class, the two Nakamuras (not related) were quick to adapt to the unique challenges posed by the Sentul Circuit.

Yusuke Nakamura checked in with the fastest time of 1’52.262s, but still more than half a second behind Hiroki Ono’s previous lap record that has remained unbroken for two years. Hiroki Nakamura was second fastest with 1’52.603s trailed by Thai ace rider Muklada Sarapuech who clocked 1’52.886s. Local hero Muhd Febriansyah was the fourth fastest of the day with 1’53.401s and Singapore’s Arsyad Rusydi Shahrum rounded up the top five with 1’53.402s.

Yusuke Nakamura checked in with the fastest time of 1’52.262s during practise session at 2015 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship Round 2, Sentul Circuit, Indonesia.

Yusuke Nakamura checked in with the fastest time of 1’52.262s during practise session at 2015 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship Round 2, Sentul Circuit, Indonesia.

“I have experienced racing in this circuit before, several years ago. Of course, compared to the tracks in Japan, this circuit is a bit more bumpy but to me it is still manageable. With all bikes being almost the same, for the qualifying session tomorrow, I want to try to clock a fast time riding on my own instead of relying too much on the slip stream,” said Yusuke Nakamura.

Finally, in the Suzuki Asian Challenge, local upcoming rider Andreas Gunawan continued the streak of domination established by his seniors when he came in fastest in class with 2’03.100s. As this is the first season of the Suzuki Asian Challenge, there are no previous lap records to break. Fellow Indonesian rider Adhi Chandra ended the day with the second fastest time of 2’03.889s.

Andreas Gunawan in the Suzuki Asian Challenge continued the streak of domination established by his seniors when he came in fastest in class with 2’03.100s.

Andreas Gunawan in the Suzuki Asian Challenge continued the streak of domination established by his seniors when he came in fastest in class with 2’03.100s.

Singaporean Md Jazil Juraimi was third fastest with 2’04.035s. India’s Jagan Kumar was fourth fastest with 2’04.185s and Malaysian rider Nazirul Izzat Muhammad Baharuddin was 5th fastest with 2’04.504s.

“I feel that the bike is still not at its optimum and I was frankly surprised that I could score the fastest time of the day. I am hoping to keep this momentum and do the local Indonesian race fans proud!” said Andreas.

 

Round 2 – 2015 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship
Free Practice Results (Combined)

Supersports 600cc
1. Ahmad Yudhistira (INA) Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki 1’30.408s
2. M. Fadli Imammuddin (INA) Astra Honda Racing Team 1’30.618s
3. Dimas Ekky Pratama (INA) Astra Honda Racing Team 1’30.694s
4. Mohd Zamri Baba (MAS) Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing 1’30.759s
5. Makoto Inagaki (JPN) Yellowcorn Akeno Speed Racing 1’31.078s

Asia Production 250cc
1. Apiwat Wongthananon (THA) AP Honda Racing Thailand 1’46.475s
2. Takehiro Yamamoto (JPN) Trickstar Racing 1’46.540s
3. Peerapong Boonlert (THA) Yamaha Thailand Racing Team 1’47.252s
4. Galang Hendra Pratama (INA) Yamaha Factory Racing Indonesia 1’47.475s
5. Rusman Fadhil (INA) Yamaha Yamalube KYT Tunggal Jaya Racing 1’47.527s

Underbone 130cc
1. Gupita Kresna Wardhana (INA) Manual Tech KYT Rextor 1’54.576s
2. Ferlando Herdian BKMS Indonesia Racing Team 1’54.730s
3. Hokky Krisdianto (INA) R7 KYT AHRS SSS Racing Tech 1’54.730s
4. Wahyu Aji Trilaksana (INA) Faito Factory Racing 1’54.832s
5. Mohd Adib Rosley (MAS) RCB Yamaha YY Pang Racing 1’55.568s

Asia Dream Cup
1. Yusuke Nakamura (JPN) 1’52.262s
2. Hiroki Nakamura (JPN) 1’52.603s
3. Koko Masaharu C. Tadachi 1’52.847s
4. Muklada Sarapuech (THA) 1’52.886s
5. Muhd Febriansyah (INA) 1’53.401s

Suzuki Asia Challenge
1 Andreas Gunawan (INA) 2’03.100
2 Adhi Chandra (INA) 2’03.889
3 Muhammad Jazil Juraimi (SIN) 2’04.035
4 Jagan Kumar (IND) 2’04.185
5 Nazirul Izzat Muhammad Baharuddin (MAS) 2’04.504

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