The show stopper category, Asia Superbike 1000cc wrapped Round 3 of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship up when Haruki Noguchi of SDG Motor Sports HARC-PRO Ph., hit a blistering speed and swept the finest spot on the podium in Race 2 which was held at Sugo International Racing Course.

As the fog set in around the circuit, Haruki prepared himself to brace yet another challenging and highly anticipated feat. His usual act to quickly grasp P1 as soon as the race flagged off gave him the push needed to take lead.

Although he set the pace for eight laps, his ultimate contender Kasma came charging in at arm’s length with a threat to defeat him. By lap nine, Kasma slipped into P1 leaving Haruki enraged yet further drilled to accelerate.

Kasma was steady with his moves and he firmly held on to his position at P1. For the remaining nine laps, Kasma kept his barriers up well, making it almost impossible for Haruki to slide back ahead of him. However, Haruki is not about to give in any further to Kasma’s games. At the last lap, Haruki found a small opening and quickly seized the moment to switch positions with Kasma.

From then on, he was unbeatable. He clocked in at 27’00:055s.

Commenting on the race, Haruki said, “No words to describe my joy today with the double win in Round 3. Before the round began, I was four points behind Zaqhwan but today, I am exhilarated to have taken over the top position.”

“I wish to thank my team for the opportunity given. With my participation in the All Japan Championship, I was also able to identify certain data needed to help me with this race. Having been able to take a stride on this circuit was also an advantage for me.”

Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin of YAMAHA Racing Team ASEAN fell second, logging in at 27’00:138s.

Yuki Ito, who is Kasma’s teammate, took the third place with his fastest at 27’09:298s.

Top 5 Winners – Race 2

  1. Haruki Noguchi, SDG Motor Sports HARC-PRO Ph., 27’00:055s
  2. Kasma Daniel Kamayudin, YAMAHA Racing Team ASEAN, 27’00:138s
  3. Yuki Ito, YAMAHA Racing Team ASEAN, 27’09:298s
  4. Md Zaqhwan Zaidi, Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA, 27’09:415s
  5. Apiwath Wongthananon, YAMAHA Thailand Racing Team, 27’09:442s

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