The Asia Superbike 1000cc hints a more exciting ground for battle between Asia’s best as they flex their muscles in a bid to claim a victorious title. With another two more rounds to go, Apiwath Wongthananon of YAMAHA Thailand Racing Team is determined to take his actions to another level at Round 4 of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship which will be held at Sepang International

Year 2020 placed Apiwath on the limelight when he banked in the highest points in the one-round season before the two-year hiatus broke in. The 28-year-old Thailand born rider who previously rode in the SS600 race category made quite a finish in the debut season of the ASB1000 category in 2019 when he obtained the 4 th spot overall with a total of 161 points.

This season, Apiwath took one win in his home-ground during Race 2 of Round 1 and a podium in Race 1, Round 2 which was held at Sepang International Circuit. His win according to him, “Race 2 was tough when I missed the opportunity to take lead. But I then tried to push forward and managed to get a good pace. It was not until the last turn of the last lap that I made my move to maximise the speed and overtake the rider at the lead position then. I made it and I won!”

Round 3 at Sugo International Racing Course however was not quite on his side when he was taken of the equation in Race 1 due to a faulty machine. Despite lacking experience on the circuit, Apiwath managed to make it to the chequered flag fifth to salvage his overall standings at the fifth spot.

Commenting on Round 3, Apiwath said, “I was very disappointed with the results after Round 3. The circuit belonged to Yamaha but unfortunately my advantage diminished the moment an unexpected casualty occurred and caused damage to the radiator. The red flag came up. As I lost my points there, I also lost my confidence. However, my consolation was the fact that it was my first time at
Sugo. Overall, I am glad that ARRC is back and the circuits have been great ones.”

Despite the unforeseen circumstances, Apiwath is driven to do his best in the upcoming round. He said, “I am currently focused for Round 4 at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. Sure, it will not be an easy one because there are many fiery and robust homegrown talents. I will not give up easily. My teammate and I together with our team will do our very best to get the best results we could.”

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