2018 Asia Road Racing Championship

  • Asia Road Racing Championship Round 6, Thailand
  • Supersports 600cc / Asia Production 250cc
  • Date: 2 December, 2018
  • Circuit: Chang International Circuit (4.554 km)

Yudhistira Celebrates Another Double Podium at Buriram.
Fadly Picks Up First AP250 Win.

#33 H A Yudhistira  #25 Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman

Report

 Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing's SuperSports 600cc rider, Ahmad Yudhistira, picked up his second consecutive double podium at the final weekend of the 2018 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship. The Indonesian rider had been racing like a man on fire throughout the duration of the SuperSports 600cc season finale, especially with a championship title on the line.

 The weekend got off on an optimistic mood for team Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing when both Yudhistira and Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman lapped within the top group. Yudhistira netted the better results from Qualifying when he logged the fourth fastest time of the session with 1'39.346s. Azlan had to be content with a P8 start after posting 1'39.606s.

 Starting Race 1 from P4 on the grid, Yudhistira found his efforts to win the race stymied by a persistent Keminth Kubo who managed to check Yudhistira's progress up the field. Yudhistira ended Race 1 in third place with 30'01.433s.

 Meanwhile, Azlan Shah had a tougher time when he was forced to run wide in Lap 1 to avoid a crashed competitor. While Yudhistira battled to catch up with the leading duo at the front, Azlan had to grit his teeth to make up 15 spots on the grid to finish in P6 with 30'13.572s

 In Race 2, Yudhistira was again infuriated by the same race tactics deployed by Keminth Kubo. The Thai rider hampered Yudhistira's race pace and the Indonesian rider had to settle again for third place with 30'03.332s. Azlan Shah improved his race position in Race 2 when he crossed the finish line in fifth with 30'06.927s.

H A Yudhistira:

 "We had good setup right from the start and I was quite satisfied to start the race from P4. I felt that was enough for me to launch my assault on the front row.
I admit, my start at Race 1 could have been better. I managed to catch up to Keminth Kubo but was unable to get past him. In the end, I had to settle for third.
In Race 2, I was infuriated with Kubo. I felt that he was being deliberately disruptive instead of fighting clean. Shaking him off my tail took too much time and once again, I had to be happy with third place. If not for Kubo, I firmly believe that I could have challenged Ratthapong and Decha for the win.
In all, I want to thank the Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing team for seven great years together. "

Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman:

 "What a tough weekend it has been for me! My heartiest congratulations to my team mate Ahmad Yudhistira for a double podium weekend. For me, this weekend has been an uphill struggle. Somehow, I just couldn't get the pace I wanted.
I really tried my best and I thank my team for their hard work. It has been a pleasure working with the Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing team. "

Katsuaki Fujiwara (Team Coach):

 "Yudhistira has really come a long way as a 600cc rider since I first met him seven years ago. He has stabilized and grown so much. I'm really proud of him.
I'm also happy to have had the pleasure of working with Azlan Shah. He is very professional and fights his battles to the very end. "


 Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing's Andy Muhammad Fadly ended his 2018 Asia Production 250cc campaign on a successful note when he picked up his first win and fifth podium of the season.

 A year's worth of hard work had been poured into the development of the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 250. The team has been making steady progress since the new bike first made its ARRC debut in Round 1 and now return to the Chang International Circuit with increased optimism and confidence.

 Fadly has been quick right off the bat, lapping and qualifying within the top 3. He has also shaved his personal best time from 1'53.868s in Round 1 to 1'52.787s in Round 6.

 Fadly looked to be in prime position for his first Asia Production 250cc win in Race 1. Unfortunately, the rising temperatures at Buriram, Thailand brought about some unforeseen problems on the bike, forcing a disappointed Fadly to retire.

 Come Race 2, Fadly more than made up for the DNF result from the previous day. Unfazed by the 1-2-3 formation thrown up by his competitors, the sole Kawasaki on the AP250 grid hung on to the top group to finish in P2 across the line. After receiving his second place trophy on the podium, Fadly found himself promoted to P1 following a disqualification.

 With the 2018 season done and dusted, Fadly placed fifth overall with 130 points.

Andy Muhammad Fadly:

 We were making good progress throughout the week and I was really confident of putting my Kawasaki on the podium in Race 1. But hard luck for me, the bike developed some problems in the closing laps of Race 1. There was nothing I could do except return to thepit.
The problem re-surfaced during the warm-up, but thanks to the hard work from my team crew, we were able to fix it in time for Race 2.
Overall, I would say that I am satisfied with my results this year. With the exception of Round 1, I have been on the podium in every other race venue, bringing my total podium counts to five (5). "

Katsuaki Fujiwara (Team Coach):

 "Fadly has worked out really well in our team. Just look at his progress from the beginning of the year until now. He has improved so much!
The weather in Race 1 was too hot. That caused some issues with the bike. We were very sorry to have disappointed Fadly.
The team then decided to use the spare engine for Race 2, with the hopes that it will carry Fadly to victory. We were delighted to see Fadly fighting with the top group throughout the 10-lap race.
Fadly, as well as our team crew, truly embodied the fighting spirit of Kawasaki. When the chips were down, we put in the hard work to overcome those obstacles. As compared to the results from Round 1, the improvements have been significant. "

  • #33 H A Yudhistira
  • #25 Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman
  • #108 Andy Muhammad Fadly

Results

Race 1

Pos. No. Rider Machine
1 56 Ratthapong Wilairot Yamaha
2 24 Decha Kraisart Yamaha
3 33 Ahmad Yudhistira Kawasaki
4 64 Keminth Kubo Yamaha
5 634 Tomoyoshi Koyama Honda
6 25 Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman Kawasaki
7 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda
8 86 Sheridan Morais Yamaha
9 121 Randy Krummenacher Yamaha
10 123 Passawit Thitivararak Honda
11 88 Keisuke Kurihara Honda
12 127 Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin Yamaha
13 23 Taiga Hada Honda
14 76 Yuki Ito Yamaha
15 20 Azroy Hakeem Anuar Honda
16 63 Muhammad Zulfahmi Khairudin Kawasaki
17 45 Sittisak Aonchaweang Honda
18 31 Gerry Salim Honda
19 80 Amirul Hafiq Azmi Yamaha
20 73 Warit Thognoppakun Honda

Race 2

Pos. No. Rider Machine
1 56 Ratthapong Wilairot Yamaha
2 24 Decha Kraisart Yamaha
3 33 Ahmad Yudhistira Kawasaki
4 634 Tomoyoshi Koyama Honda
5 25 Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman Kawasaki
6 88 Keisuke Kurihara Honda
7 27 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda
8 76 Yuki Ito Yamaha
9 63 Muhammad Zulfahmi Khairudin Kawasaki
10 123 Passawit Thitivararak Honda
11 121 Randy Krummenacher Yamaha
12 23 Taiga Hada Honda
13 86 Sheridan Morais Yamaha
14 20 Azroy Hakeem Anuar Honda
15 32 Md Ramdan Rosli Yamaha
16 80 Amirul Hafiq Azmi Yamaha
17 31 Gerry Salim Honda

2018 Asia Road Racing Championship Standings

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