Getting up to speed with the changes in the paddock as Round 1 flags off at the Johor Circuit on April 1 and 2, 2017.
1. Missing on The Grid

The AP250 class will be racing without a defending champion this year. Apiwat Wongthananon will be spending 2017 in Europe, racing in the Spanish CEV Championship. Similarly, Kasma Daniel Kasmayuddin will take a hiatus from the ARRC to train in the CEV.


2. From the 600cc crew

2016 SuperSports 600cc competitors, Tomoyoshi Koyama, Gerry Salim, Mohd Fitri Ashraf Razali and Andy Muhammad Fadly will be racing in the Asia Production 250cc category.


3. Girl Power In Team One For All

Former GP rider, Youichi Ui, has filled his team One For All with two female riders this season. They are Naoko Takasugi (Bike 750) from Japan, and Tran Thi Doan Trang (Bike 16) from Vietnam.
With Muklada Sarapuech back in the ARRC, there will be three female riders in the AP250cc at Round 1.


4. Bui Duy Thong moves up

Making his debut in the Underbone class last year, Vietnamese rider Bui Duy Thong has confirmed his move to the 250cc category this season.