Indonesia’s Yudhistira got off to a rapid start in the final round of the PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship as he topped the SuperSports 600cc opening practice at the Losail International Circui in Doha, Qatar on Friday.

The Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing rider posted the best lap for the day in 2’05.063s in FP2 to finish 0.120 seconds faster than Musashi Boon Siew Honda’s Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi (2’05.183s). Third quickest for the day was Zaqhwan’s teammate, Mohd Zamri Baba with 2’05.564s.

Earlier today, Yudhistira was fifth fastest in FP1, clocking his best time at 2’06.704s.

Rounding up the top five were Yuki Ito (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha) and Makoto Tamada clocking their personal best in 2’05.745s and 2’06.250s respectively.

Second in FP1, championship leader, Katsuaki Fujiwara (BEET Kawasaki Racing) dropped to 11thΒ in FP2 after he encountered setup issues.

β€œWe made a good job today, testing the bike and the tyres so I am quite satisfied with the outcome. We want to end the season with a bang and this is a good start,” said Yudhistira.

He went on to assess his outing today and added, β€œThe team was focused on getting a strong lap time and they gave me a great package right from the start. However I was not able to exploit its full potential in FP1. But FP2 was different. I felt good on the bike and the tyre had strong grip although temperatures were quite low out on track. It’s important that we keep working tomorrow so that we are ready to race on Sunday.”

Meanwhile Team Honda RSC’s Kazuki Masaki cast usual suspects into the shade as he dominated both Underbone 130cc practice sessions under the floodlights of the Qatari circuit.

Kazuki who won Race 2 last time out in Thailand (Round 5) clocked the fastest lap for the day in FP2 with 2’33.497s, shaving off 0.714 seconds off his best lap time in FP1.

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Second quickest was Faito Factory Racing’s Ferlando Herdian with 2’33.744s followed by championship leader, Gupita Kresna (Kawasaki KYT Rextor Manual Tech) third, 2’33.886s.

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Malaysians, Mohd Amirul Ariff Musa (T.Pro Yuzy Honda) and Norizman Ismail (Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing) completed the top five with 2’34.349s and 2’35.609s.

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Khairul Idham Pawi showed no sign of slowing down as the newly crowned champion blazed to the top of the Asia Dream Cup timesheets.

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The Malaysian who secured the title in Thailand last month in fact put on a menacing pace to top both practice session two seconds quicker ahead of the rest Β of the field.

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The 16-year old recorded his quickest lap in FP2 with 2’31.778s followed by Japan’s Reitoku Kurogi and Teppei Nagoe who timed their personal best at 2’34.254s and 2’34.613s.

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Indonesia’s Aditya Pangestu came in fourth in 2’34.669s while Harith Farhan Baharin was fifth with 234.689s.

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Practice Results

SuperSports 600cc

1.Yudhistira (Kawasaki) 2’05.063s 2.Zaqhwan Zaidi (Honda) 2’05.183s 3.Zamri Baba (Honda) 2’05.564s 4.Yuki Ito (Yamaha) 2’05.745s 5.Makoto Tamada (Honda) 2’06.250s

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Underbone 130cc

1.Kazuki Masaki (Honda) 2’33.497s 2.Ferlando Herdian (Yamaha) 2’33.744s 3.Gupita Kresna (Kawasaki) 2’33.886s 4.Amirul Ariff Musa (Honda) 2’34.349s 5.Norizman Ismail 2’35.609s

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Asia Dream Cup

1.Khairul Idham Pawi (MAS) 2’31.778s 2.Reitoku Kurogi (JPN) 2’34.254s 3.Teppei Nagoe (JPN) 2’34.613s 4.Aditya Pangestu (INA) 2’34.669s 5.Harith Farhan Baharin (MAS) 2’34.689s

YUDHISTIRA TERPANTAS HARI PERTAMA DI QATAR

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Pelumba Indonesia, H.A. Yudhistira memulakan saingan hari pertama SuperSports 600cc Kejuaraan Motosikal Asia PETRONAS dengan baik apabila mencatat masa terpantas selepas kedua-dua sesi latihan bebas beraksir di Litar Antarabangsa Losail, Doha, Qatar, semalam.

Pelumba Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing merakamkan masa terbaik 2’05.063s pada sesi latihan bebas kedua, 0.120s lebih pantas berbanding pelumba Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing, Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi (2’05.183s). Rakan sepasukan Zaqhwan, Mohd Zamri Baba mencatat masa ketiga terpantas, 2’05.564s.

Yuki Ito (PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha) dan Makoto Tamada mencatat masa keempat dan kelima terpantas, 2’05.745s dan 2’06.250s manakala pendahulu keseluruhan, Katsuaki Fujiwara sekadar mencatat masa ke-11 terbaik akibat beberapa masalah pelarasan jentera.

“Segala yang dirancang berjalan dengan baik pada hari ini. Kami keluar ke litar dengan misi untuk menguji tayar dan juga jentera, dan amat berpuas hati dengan keputusan yang diperoleh. Ini permulaan baik dan kami mahu menamatkan musim ini dengan kejayaan,” jelas Yudhistira.

Tambahnya, “Bagi membantu saya mendapat masa yang baik, pasukan telah menyediakan satu pakej yang bagus sejak dari awal lagi cuma pada sesi pertama, saya masih gagal mendapatkan sepenuh kelebihan yang ada bersama jentera saya. Pada sesi latihan bebas kedua barulah saya dapat menggunakan sepenuhnya kelebihan jentera dan juga cengkaman tayar yang baik walaupun suhu di litar agak sejuk. Semoga kami dapat mengekalkan kelebihan ini sehingga ke perlumbaan akhir pada ahad nanti.”

Sementara itu pelumba Team Honda RSC, Kazuki Masaki mendominasi kelas Underbone 130cc dengan muncul pelumba terpanta pada kedua-dua sesi latihan bebas.

Kazuki yang baharu menjuarai Perlumbaan 2 pada perlumbaan pusingan lepas di Thailand mencatat masa terpantas 2’33.497s, 0.714s lebih pantas berbanding sesi latihan bebas pertama sebelum itu.

Pelumba Faito Factory Racing, Ferlando Herdian mencatat masa kedua terpantas, 2’33.744s dan pendahulu keseluruhan, Gupita Kresna (Kawasaki KYT Rextor Manual Tech) ketiga, 2’33.886s.

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Dua pelumba Malaysia,, Mohd Amirul Ariff Musa (T.Pro Yuzy Honda NTS) dan Norizman Ismail (Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing) melengkapkan senarai lima pelumba terpantas dengan masa 2’34.349s dan 2’35.609s.

Juara Asia Dream Cup, Khairul Idham Pawi terus mendominasi saingan dengan mencatat masa terpantas pada kedua-dua sesi latihan dengan masa terbaik 2’31.778s yang dirakam pada sesi latihan bebas kedua. Dua pelumba jepun, Reitoku Kurogi dan Teppei Nagoe mengekori di belakang dengan masa terbaik masing-masing 2’34.254s dan 2’34.613s.

Pelumba Indonesia, Aditya Pangestu keempat dengan masa 2’34.669s dan Harith Farhan Baharin kelima, 2’34.689s.

Keputusan Latihan Bebas

SuperSports 600cc

1.Yudhistira (Kawasaki) 2’05.063s 2.Zaqhwan Zaidi (Honda) 2’05.183s 3.Zamri Baba (Honda) 2’05.564s 4.Yuki Ito (Yamaha) 2’05.745s 5.Makoto Tamada (Honda) 2’06.250s

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Underbone 130cc

1.Kazuki Masaki (Honda) 2’33.497s 2.Ferlando Herdian (Yamaha) 2’33.744s 3.Gupita Kresna (Kawasaki) 2’33.886s 4.Amirul Ariff Musa (Honda) 2’34.349s 5.Norizman Ismail 2’35.609s

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Asia Dream Cup

1.Khairul Idham Pawi (MAS) 2’31.778s 2.Reitoku Kurogi (JPN) 2’34.254s 3.Teppei Nagoe (JPN) 2’34.613s 4.Aditya Pangestu (INA) 2’34.669s 5.Harith Farhan Baharin (MAS) 2’34.689s

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