The Asia Production 250cc is always an eye-catcher in the Idemitsu FIM Asia Road Racing Championship. In Round 1, Rheza Danica Ahrens of ASTRA HONDA RACING TEAM set a benchmark of excellence as he strode to a double victory despite the rising temperature. What would Sepang International Circuit hold for him?

It was a great start for the ASTRA HONDA RACING TEAM boys as all three lined up ahead of the rest when they made the top three fastest during the Practice Session 1 this morning. Herjun Atna hit it at 2’24:072s followed by Rheza at 2’24:687s. The youngest in the team, Vega Eda Pratama made it third fastest at 2’25:338s proving that he is slick in his moves.

In Practice Session 2, Herjun maintained his composure and made fastest with an improved lap time at 2’23:465s. However, at second fastest, Irfan Ardiansyah of MOTUL SNIPER MANUAL TECH clocked in at 2’23:505s. Rheza seemed to be still finding his pace nevertheless marked a slightly better time compared to the earlier session at 2’24:472s.

By Practice 3, ASTRA HONDA RACING TEAM seemed to have established an interesting pattern. Herjun once again made it fastest at 2’22:578s, followed by Rheza at 2’22:732s and Veda Ega at 2’23:240s. That wraps up for the day in the AP250 with Herjun at the top followed by Rheza and Veda in the combined result.

Commenting on the race, Herjun said, “Compared to Round 1, I have taken the approach to enjoy the race better. With the new settings as well, it gives me greater confidence when I am riding it. This is a manageable circuit and I have raced here a couple of times. The weather here is not that hot compared to Buriram hence I am hoping for a better outcome. However, I know that the weather can be quite unpredictable here in Malaysia. Rain or shine, I will give my best and enjoy the moments as much as I can.”

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