New Talent Shines at ARRC Race 2

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2017 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship Round 1 Johor Circuit – SuperSports 600cc

Exciting new talent came to the fore as the season opening round of the 2017 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship came to a close at the Johor Circuit last weekend. A pair of teenagers, 18-year-olds Taiga Hada of Japan and Irfan Ardiansyah from Indonesia, stole the limelight when they dominated Race 2 of the SuperSports 600cc category amidst a field of seasoned campaigners

Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman who suffered from engine woes in Race 1, fared better when he wheelied to the finish line in second place with 24’56.876s.

Despite high expectations that Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi would repeat his Race 1 victory, the polesitter’s race got off to a bad start when he lost the holeshot to Hada. On Lap 2, Zaqhwan’s dream of a double win was smashed when he crashed out at Turn 2. Two laps later, another strong contender, Thailand’s Decha Kraisart also ended his race on the gravel.

While the high profile riders stumbled, Taiga Hada of team RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten10, put in a stunning masterclass of inch-perfect racing throughout the 16-lap race. He kept his cool and his lead to clinch the first 600cc win of his career with a time of 24’51.787s.

2017 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship – Taiga Hada #23 vs Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman.

“My rear tyre was a bit slippy throughout the race, but apart from that, I have no other complaints. It was a thoroughly enjoyable race,” said a delighted Hada.

Meanwhile, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman who suffered from engine woes in Race 1, fared better when he wheelied to the finish line in second place with 24’56.876s. Finally, Indonesian rider Irfan Ardiansyah from Astra Honda Racing stole the spotlight when he went from 12th on the grid to third in the race with a time of 25’04.928s.

Hada now leads the SuperSports 600cc class with 45 points followed by Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman, second with 33 points and Zaqhwan third with 25 points.

Meanwhile, the Asia Production 250cc class saw Indonesian rider Gerry Salim clinch the only double win of the weekend. Gerry dominated the proceedings and led the 28-rider grid from start to finish with a time of 20’54.397s. Thailand’s Anupab Sarmoon was second with 20’56.112s and Takehiro Yamamoto was third with 20’59.050s.

The Malaysian riders fared badly in the intermediary class. Lead riders Ahmad Afif Amran and Mohd Fitri Ashraf Razali both crashed out mid-race. This left only the rookies to fight against a strong grid of competitors. Mohd Haeikal Akmal Zakaria was the best performing Malaysian in 20th place.

Finally, the Malaysian contingent delivered a podium in the Underbone 150cc category. Asian series debutant Mohd Akid Aziz rode a stunning race when he beat Indonesian pair Wahyu Aji Trilaksana and Anggi Setiawan to the finish line. Akid took his first Asian victory with a time of 14’52.561s.



Race 2 ARRC Results:

SuperSports 600cc
Final (16 laps)
1. Taiga Hada (JPN) Honda 24’51.787s
2. Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MAS) Kawasaki 24’56.876s
3. Irfan Ardiansyah (INA) Honda 25’04.928s
4. Ahmad Yudhistira (INA) Kawasaki 25’08.480s
5. Ratthapong Wilairot (THA) Honda 25’09.529s

1. Taiga Hada (JPN) Honda 45pts
2. Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MAS) Kawasaki 33pts
3. Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi (MAS) Honda 25pts
4. Irfan Ardiansyah (INA) Honda 24pts
5. Ahmad Yudhistira (INA) Kawasaki 22pts


Asia Production 250cc
Final (12 laps)
1. Gerry Salim (INA) Honda 20’54.397s
2. Anupab Sarmoon (THA) Yamaha 20’56.112s
3. Takehiro Yamamoto (JPN) Honda 20’59.050s
4. Tomoyoshi Koyama (JPN) Honda 20’59.239s
5. Rheza Danica Ahrens (INA) Honda 21’04.636s

1. Gerry Salim (INA) Honda 50pts
2. Anupab Sarmoon (THA) Yamaha 36pts
3. Takehiro Yamamoto (JPN) Honda 36pts
4. Rheza Danica Ahrens (INA) Honda 24pts
5. Tomoyoshi Koyama (JPN) Honda 22pts


Underbone 150cc
Final (8 laps)
1. Md Akid Aziz (MAS) Yamaha 14’52.561s
2. Wahyu Aji Trilaksana (INA) Yamaha 14’52.888s
3. Anggi Setiawan (INA) Yamaha 14’52.959s
4. Tengku Amirul Haffirudin (MAS) Yamaha 14’53.368s
5. Md Muzakkir Mohamed (MAS) Honda 14’53.458s

1. Md Akid Aziz (MAS) Yamaha 45pts
2. Fakhrusy Syakirin Rostam (MAS) Honda 33pts
3. Tengku Amirul Haffirudin (MAS) Yamaha 24pts
4. Md Haziq Md Fairues (MAS) Yamaha 23pts
5. Md Helmi Azman (MAS) Yamaha 22pts



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