Zaqwan has the final say in Buriram

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"I knew that my bike had the best pace and I tried really hard to pull away at the start of the race.", Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MAS) Honda 30’05.166s

“I knew that my bike had the best pace and I tried really hard to pull away at the start of the race.”, Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MAS) Honda 30’05.166s

2015 Asia Road Racing Championship - logoMalaysian rider Zaqhwan Zaidi took top honours in Race 2 of the SuperSports 600cc class after surviving a wheel-to-wheel battle against compatriot Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman as the second leg of the 2016 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship wrapped up at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand.

The 21-year-old flew into the lead at the start of the race, with 20 fierce competitors hot on his tail. The MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda rider barely had time to settle into his racing as Ahmad Yudhistira, Tomoyoshi Koyama, Ratthapong Wilairot, and Azlan Shah made their presence felt in the leading pack. Yudhistira was particularly aggressive but the arrival of Anthony West on Lap 7 distracted the Indonesian rider from his relentless pursuit. This allowed Zaqhwan and Azlan to carve out some daylight between them and the 5-rider battle for P3.

Zaqhwan was not so easily intimidated.

Zaqhwan was not so easily intimidated.

Two laps to go and Azlan began to put pressure on Zaqhwan. However, learning from his experience at the Johor Circuit in Round 1, Zaqhwan was not so easily intimidated. Azlan took the lead at the hairpin corner during the final lap, but Zaqhwan was quick to slip through his defenses. Both riders were neck-to-neck through the last corner until Zaqhwan’s momentum carried him to victory with a time of 30’05.166s. An exhausted Azlan had to settle for second place with 30’05.950s while Takahashi rounded up the winning trio in third place with 30’07.239.

“I knew that my bike had the best pace and I tried really hard to pull away at the start of the race. That was impossible, so I quickly changed my race approach. During the closing stages of the race, I knew that Azlan was going to make a move at the last corner and I slammed the door on him just at the right time to disrupt his rolling speed and force him on the brakes,” said Zaqhwan.

2016 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship SuperSports 600cc podium winner. From left; Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MAS) Kawasaki 30’05.954s, Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MAS) Honda 30’05.166s & Yuki Takahashi (JPN) Honda 30’07.239s

2016 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship SuperSports 600cc podium winner. From left; Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MAS) Kawasaki 30’05.954s, Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MAS) Honda 30’05.166s & Yuki Takahashi (JPN) Honda 30’07.239s

Koyama’s victory in Race 1 and Zaqhwan’s win in Race 2 had brought the SuperSports 600cc title chase back to square one. Azlan still leads with 78 points but Zaqhwan is now only 1 point behind with 77 points. Koyama stands third with 69 points. Things are looking a little less tense in the team awards category. Strong performances by both Zaqhwan and Takahashi had placed team MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda at the lead with 91 points. Team BikeART Racing Kawasaki, having only Azlan to rely on, is now second with 78 points while Tomoyoshi Koyama had brought team T.Pro Yuzy Honda NTS with WoW into third position with 69 points.

2016 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship Chang International Circuit - Underbone 130cc Winner. Takehiro Yamamoto (JPN) Kawasaki 19’30.632s

2016 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship Chang International Circuit – Underbone 130cc Winner. Takehiro Yamamoto (JPN) Kawasaki 19’30.632s

Meanwhile, Apiwat Wongthananon’s winning streak in the Asia Production 250cc class finally came to an end. Takehiro Yamamoto of TRICKSTAR Racing won his first victory of the season with a time of 19’30.632s. Another first, Galang Hendra Pratama netted Indonesia’s first AP250 podium when he finished second with 19’31.018s and Peerapong Loiboonpeng took third place with 19’31.319s.

Finally in the Underbone 130cc class, wily Malaysian rider Ahmad Fazli Sham won a photo-finish battle against Wahyu Trilaksana when he crossed the finish line 0.021 seconds ahead of his Indonesian rival.

 

2016 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship Chang International Circuit - Underbone 130cc Podium Winner. From left; Wahyu Aji Trilaksana (INA) 17’36.647s, Ahmad Fazli Sham (MAS) Yamaha 17’36.626s & Florianus Roy Brilyan (INA) 17’36.748s

2016 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship Chang International Circuit – Underbone 130cc Podium Winner. From left; Wahyu Aji Trilaksana (INA) 17’36.647s, Ahmad Fazli Sham (MAS) Yamaha 17’36.626s & Florianus Roy Brilyan (INA) 17’36.748s

 

Results Race 2:
SuperSports 600cc
1. Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MAS) Honda 30’05.166s 2. Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MAS) Kawasaki 30’05.954s 3. Yuki Takahashi (JPN) Honda 30’07.239s 4. Tomoyoshi Koyama (JPN) Honda 30’07.499s 5. Anucha Nakcharoensri (THA) Yamaha 30’10.611s
Standings:
1. Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MAS) Kawasaki 78pt 2. Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MAS) Honda 77pt 3. Tomoyoshi Koyama (JPN) Honda 69pt 4. Yuki Takahashi (JPN) 59pt 5. Dimas Ekky Pratama (INA) Honda 40pt

Asia Production 250cc
1. Takehiro Yamamoto (JPN) Kawasaki 19’30.632s 2. 2. Galang Hendra Pratama (INA) Yamaha 19’31.018s 3. Peerapong Loiboonpeng (THA) Yamaha 19’31.319s 4. Anupab Sarmoon (THA) Yamaha 19’30.823s 5. Apiwat Wongthananon (THA) 19’31.404s
Standings:
1. Apiwat Wongthananon (THA) Yamaha 81pt 2. Peerapong Loiboonpeng (THA) Yamaha 76pt 3. Galang Hendra Pratama (INA) Yamaha 54pt 4. Anupab Sarmoon (THA) Yamaha 52pt 5. Takehiro Yamamoto (JPN) 50pt

Underbone 130cc
1. Ahmad Fazli Sham (MAS) Yamaha 17’36.626s 2. Wahyu Aji Trilaksana (INA) 17’36.647s 3. Florianus Roy Brilyan (INA) 17’36.748s 4. Md Adib Rosley (MAS) 17’36.818s 5. Md Izzat Zaidi Salehan (MAS) Yamaha 17’36.980s
Standings:
1. Md Izzat Zaidi Salehan (MAS) Yamaha 69pt 2. Md Amirul Ariff Musa (MAS) Honda 57pt 3. Wahyu Aji Trilaksana (INA) Yamaha 56pt 4. Florianus Roy Brilyan Yamaha (INA) 41pt 5. Norizman Ismail (MAS) Honda 40pt

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