The TVS Asia One Make Championship embarked on its final mission for the season today in Round 6 of the Idemitsu FIM Asia Road Racing Championship. Hiroki Ono of Japan made an impressive lap time, emerging as the fastest for the day in the practice sessions, combined held at Chang International Circuit.

In FP1 earlier today, Muzakkir Mohamed of Malaysia marked fastest when he clocked in at 1’50:792s. Vorapong of Thailand made it second fastest with his best lap time at 1’50:852s followed by Ramdan Rosli of Malaysia at third fastest with his best lap time at 1’51:202s. In FP2, Hiroki Ono of Japan emerged fastest at 1’50:013s. At second fastest was Muzakkir with his best and improved lap time at 1’50:695s. Sarthak Chavan of India, new to the championship for the season clocked in third fastest with his best lap time at 1’50:905s.

With that, Hiroki concluded today’s session as the fastest. Hiroki may not have had prior experience at Chang but his experience as a rider on the international front speaks volume as he went on to showcase extraordinary achievements since Japan. The rider had one DNF in Race 2 on his home-

ground but that was all the lesson it took for him to claim five consecutive wins and a total of 125 points.

Commenting on the session today, Hiroki said, “This is my first time on this circuit ground but I find it easy compared to Japan. My first impression when I rode, I noticed wide safety areas within the circuit which gives me the additional confidence and boost. Between FP1 and FP2, I did not change anything on the machine except for my riding styles. FP1 was more of familiarising and FP2 was trying out what works best on this circuit. It worked for me. I will try to improve my lap time further for tomorrow during the qualifying and of course, for the race, I will put on a good show to keep up with home- ground boy Vorapong and Muzakkir.”