It may be small in size and frame but combined with the dexterity of riders, the Underbone 150cc machine speaks volumes of its power.
Making it even more appealing is the nature of the race category which promises a win to all riders with a twist in its course.
Wahyu Aji Trilaksana of RACETECH SIXTY Racing is prepping up for Round 5 of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship which will be held at Zhuhai International Circuit, China this weekend.
Former champion in the UB150 race category, Wahyu Aji got into the act of ARRC this season with a major transformation; with a new team, as a team owner and rider.
It must not have been an easy pick for the Indonesian rider, juggling between two difficult tasks but Wahyu Aji seemed to have embraced the challenges gracefully.
Finishing podium six times last season with one win and claiming the overall champion title, Wahyu Aji has what it takes to run the show and it is only a matter of time before his performances are navigated right back on track.
Commenting on the season, Wahyu Aji said, “So far, there has been no big challenges and if there has been, I was able to find the ways to manage it. Frankly, I have less pressure now and I enjoy the race better.
“The goal is to continuously stay focused and as of now, there are four more races to go. Therefore, that is where my attention is at the moment. I want to try and make it to the top three positions.
“Of course, an added advantage would be for me to have a teammate so that we could strategise together and come up with a better plan during the race. Being a one-man soldier is never easy.”
On the upcoming race at Zhuhai, Wahyu said, “It has been a few years since I last raced at Zhuhai International Circuit. But from what I have experienced and learnt, this track is not as technical compared to some other circuits.
“So, the power the machine is extremely important. Speed comes first. I am confident that I can do well at Zhuhai circuit. After the couple of trial and error, I would recognise the strengths and limitations there.
“Personally, I think I have one of the strongest machines in the UB150 race category. Since the race at Japan, I think we were able to obtain the highest speed in the straights. So, hopefully, that works to our advantage at China.”
It is a continuous hard work for any rider in preparation for the race. As for Wahyu Aji, he said, “I do a lot of physical training, regularly. There is no excuse because keeping fit is really important for any rider.
“There are no other special trainings really! It is a self-motivated endeavour to ensure that my body is able to take the expectations of the race. My team and I always have good communication.
“The setup of the machine is not solely my decision but overall, a decision made as a team. We analyse, we execute together. I have been in the UB150 race category for many years now so self-mentoring is something that I have picked up along the way. So, let’s see how it goes at Zhuhai!”