AP Honda Racing Thailand’s Muklada Sarapuech and Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing’s Andy Muhammad Fadly will be heading for a tie-breaker at Round 4 of the 2019 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship in Suzuka, Japan.

The two riders tie at the top of the standings with 86 points apiece but Muklada has one more podium finish to her name as compared to Fadly.

Here’s a recap of their performances so far:

Rider R1/R1 R1/R2 R2/R1 R2/R2 R3/R1 R3/R2
Muklada Sarapuech DNF 1st 3rd 2nd 1st 5th
Andy Fadly 2nd 2nd 1st DNF 6th DNF


However, Round 4 will be more than just a showdown between two ferocious competitors. Team play will be very much in evidence as Aiki Iyoshi, currently third in the AP250 standings, seeks to support his Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing team mate while claiming the best possible results for himself. Expect the same from AP Honda Racing Thailand’s Tatchakorn Buasri who proved his race-winning capabilities in the previous round in Buriram.

The newly introduced equalizer rule has certainly done its job. Only 12 points separate the top four riders in the series, three of whom are racing with 500 rpm less to their maximum limit.


An AHRT Resurgence In The Making?

The Astra Honda Racing Team, a force to be reckoned with over the past two seasons, have been remarkably low-key in 2019. Awhin Sanjaya, Irfan Ardiansyah and Lucky Hendriansya are fifth, sixth and seventh respectively on the championship ladder.

While the AP Honda Racing Thailand Team and the Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing Team struggle for dominance in the AP250 class, Indonesian-based Astra Honda Racing Team may be biding their time before making a definitive move.

With only four rounds remaining to the end of the season, that move must come soon and the Suzuka Circuit where the team had experienced so much success, may be the perfect arena to launch their attack.


Wildcards Make 33

The AP250 class will see as many as seven wildcards in the Japanese leg, bringing the grid up to a total of 33 riders.

The wildcards are:


#20 Yuta Kasai TEAM TEC 2
# Shunya Mori TEAM TEC 2
#31 Kazuki Tomita ATJ Racing with NMC
#38 Keiji Goto YSS *ANDO Racing Mercury
#73 Ryunosuke Nakamura ENDLESS TEAM SHANTI
# Nobuteru Sasaki Team KYOEI GO&FUN
# Otojirou Tanimoto DOGFITHR RPM YAMAHA