CHEERS FOR THE THAIS!

Highly competitive and meticulous in their moves, the riders of the SuperSports 600cc have been raising their benchmark of excellence in each other round. This time around, it was Nakarin Atiratphuvapat of Honda Racing Thailand who took the win in Race 2 of Round 5, FIM Asia Road Racing Championship that was held at Zhuhai International Circuit.

Yesterday’s battle witnessed the Boon Siew duo and Gen Blu lad pitting themselves against each other for a taste of victory. Helmi took lead with Azroy and Soichiro putting intense pressure. Khairul who took the start at P10 made his way up to P4 minutes before the red flag was raised. Disrupted by the incident and 2 laps short, the foursome began their moves shortly after. On the last lap, Azroy and Helmi engaged in one final fight before Azroy took Helmi down for the winning spot.

During the race earlier, Adenanta very quickly took his position at P1 momentarily before Azroy swiped places with him. Nakarin took P3 before sliding from the inside ahead of Adenanta at turn 1 of lap 2. Meanwhile Soichiro and Helmi lined up at P4 and P5 before Helmi switched places with him. By the end of lap 2, Adenanta lost his pace and dropped to P6 with Ratthapong ahead of him. Before the lap ended, Ratthapong’s machine gave way and Khairul moved into P5 all the way from P10. Into lap 4, Azroy who was leading confidently lost control and crashed into the gravel.

With Nakarin leading and four laps down, Helmi went for Nakarin while Soichiro remained close. Khairul was catching up. Into the sixth lap, Helmi cleverly took a slide from the inside ahead of Nakarin but Nakarin was quick to retrieve. The Thai rider was adamant. In each of Helmi’s attempt, Nakarin was fast to swing right back ahead until Helmi made a mistake, giving Khairul the opportunity to move ahead. Khairul kept his enemy close as he went on to pressure Soichiro but the Japanese was strong. Soichiro went for Nakarin and took a shot from the inside but Nakarin pulled back up ahead. On the final lap, Helmi took a slide from the inside into P3 shortly before Khairul crashed. Soichiro made one last attempt but Nakarin flew ahead to bag victory at 19’33:407s.

Commenting on the race, Nakarin said, “Amazing race today. I was totally pumped up. I lost yesterday so today, I made sure that I was in full form, ready to be on top of my game. I kept up with my pace and maintained my position so that I don’t lose the momentum. It worked very well for me. I thank everyone who has supported me especially my Thai fans and team. More importantly, I wanted to make sure that my points were maximised. It is an awesome day for me. Thank you, all!”

Soichiro Minamimoto of YAMAHA GEN BLU Racing Team ASEAN made it second at 19’33:475s.

Md Helmi Azman of Boon Siew Honda Racing Team took third at 19’34:470s.