No Obstacle For Zippy Zaqhwan

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Zaqhwan, 22, posted a time of 1'30.509s, leading a mixed pack of top five riders

Zaqhwan, 22, posted a time of 1’30.509s, leading a mixed pack of top five riders.

Deteriorating track conditions at the Sentul International Circuit proved to be no hindrance for Malaysian rider, Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi. The MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda rider took provisional pole in the first day of practice sessions as Round 4 of the Idemitsu Asia Road Racing Championship got underway this weekend.

Zaqhwan, 22, posted a time of 1’30.509s, leading a mixed pack of top five riders comprised of Indonesian Ahmad Yudhistira, fellow Malaysian Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman, Taiga Hada and Thai ace Decha Kraisart.

“We enjoyed a good start to this weekend’s race. Everything went well and I’m especially pleased with the bike setup. I just wish that the track condition was not so bad. It has gotten even more bumpy and would pose a challenge during the races,” said Zaqhwan.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian home contingent took no prisoners in the Asia Production 250cc category. Gerry Salim led the all-Indonesian front group with a fastest time of 1’42.767s, followed by his team mate Rheza Danica Ahrens who posted second fastest. Yamaha Racing Indonesia’s Rey Ratukore clocked third fastest with 1’43.671s.

Wildcard rider Richard Taroreh served up a surprise in the Underbone 150cc when he emerged as the fastest rider with 1’49.860s. Malaysian rider, Azroy Hakeem Anuar of team Yuzy Honda Vietnam Racing was second fastest with 1’49.914s.


Timed Practice (Combined)
SuperSports 600cc
1. Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi (MAS) Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing 1’30.509s
2. Ahmad Yudhistira (INA) Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing 1’30.512s
3. Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MAS) Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing 1’30.573s
4. Taiga Hada (JPN) Rama Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten 10 (Honda) 1’30.742s
5. Decha Kraisart (THA) Yamaha Thailand Racing Team (Yamaha) 1’30.858s

Asia Production 250cc
1. Gerry Salim (INA) Astra Honda Racing Team 1’42.767s
2. Rheza Danica Ahrens (INA) Astra Honda Racing Team 1’43.476s
3. Reynaldo Chrisantho Ratukore (INA) Yamaha Racing Indonesia 1’43.671s
4. Andi Farid Izdihar (INA) Astra Honda Racing Team 1’43.936s
5. Tomoyoshi Koyama (JPN) RAMA Honda 1’44.137s

Underbone 150cc
1. Richard Taroreh (INA) Yamaha Yamalube Jasti Putra Usaha Jaya NH 549 Kaboci 1’49.860s
2. Azroy Hakeem Anuar (MAS) Yuzy Honda Vietnam Racing Team 1’49.914s
3. Owie Nurhuda (INA) Yamaha Yamalube KYT TJM Racetech Racing Team 1’50.243s
4. Md Izzat Zaidi Salehan (MAS) RCB Kage Motobatt Yamaha YY Pang Racing 1’50.653s
5. Md Haziq Md Fairues (MAS) Uma Racing Yamaha Maju Motor 1’50.821s



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