“INDONESIA HAS THE CRAZIEST MOTORSPORT FANS” – ANDI FARID

With an absolutely crazed fanbase quite unlike anywhere else, there is no question at all that Indonesia deserves the well-known FIM Asia Road Racing Championship’s return in its home-ground.

It has been almost 4 years including the hiatus brought along by the Covid-19 pandemic since the championship made its grand presence in the land of thousand islands. With Sentul Circuit located just outside the capital city of Jakarta, it is not hard to imagine that a well promoted and managed race at the country could easily have challenged the record made by Indianapolis Motor Speed which witnessed a spectatorship of over 400,000 people – such is the love for Motorsport in Indonesia.

Keeping the hopes high for ARRC to return to Indonesia, ASTRA HONDA Racing Team promising rider, Andi Farid Izdihar applauds the support of his people throughout the years.

“I think Indonesia has one of the craziest motorsport fans. I competed in the World Championship last year here in Indonesia. There were many people who attended the championship from all around the world. But one thing that I can assure you is that 50% of them were Indonesians. They have huge enthusiasm for motorsport. Even Dorna acknowledges it,” said Andi, giggling.

Andi is no stranger to the world of motorsports. He emerged into the two wheels racing professionally at the age of 15 and made his debut in the Asia Dream Cup at FIM Asia Road Racing Championship in 2014. The young ambitious lad went on to the Asia Talent Cup in 2015 which paved a pathway into the European racing scenes.

Since then, the 24-year-old made appearances in several international races including a spot in CEV Moto3, World Championship.

He went on to say, “Unlike the current generation, they start as early as six or seven years old but I was a little late when I began. I was 11. The interest caught me when I was 8 years old, during those times when I would watch adults racing near my place. I don’t stay at home because I was eager to watch them which made my mum upset. Nevertheless, it didn’t stop me.”

“Fortunately, when my father noticed that I have such huge interest in two wheels, he wasn’t against it. In fact, he offered great support and paid for everything that I needed to be part of my dreams. I then started engaging in junior level tournaments in 2019. My first debut in ARRC was in 2014. Though I started a little late compared to the other riders, I was able to step into the Asia Talent Cup when they noticed my talent and passion,” explained Andi.

Undoubtedly, Andi has showcased a phenomenal performance since the first round of ARRC this season. Commenting on the current standings, Andi denied the statements that he should be comfortable with his position at the second spot which presents him with 108 points.

“It is impossible for me to secure the championship as my main contender, Helmi Azman is ahead of me by 32 points. Even if I make it to the podium in the next race, I still won’t be able to chase him. At the same time, I can’t be reckless as Nakarin is just 4 points away from me. I have to avoid making any mistakes and finish the race as best as I could. I would want to end the season with a podium in hand.”

“I will try my best to finish the race and collect the maximum points for my team and for myself. Chang International Circuit has always been my favourite. I have carved good memories and have made great results. So, I hope for a positive outcome in Buriram,” said Andi.