Idemitsu FIM Asia Road Racing Championship 2024 kicked off yesterday with its official test at Chang International Circuit. Riders from all categories, including ASB1000, SS600, AP250, UB150, TVS ASIA One Make Championship embarked on a quest to fine tune their machines for an optimised performance. Let’s hear it from some of our riders.

Markus Reiterberger (#28 TKKR BMW Racing Team) – 3rd (1:35.392s)

“Today has been a bit tough for me because in the first test we faced some problems with the machine so I had to stop. Now we have fixed it. The last session was a long one and we tried many different setups on the tyres. We also tried to be as fast as possible to ensure that there is compatibility between myself and the machine. I hope that Friday onwards will be smooth one because now we have many different difficult situations. I hope that we can sort out the problem and have no problem to race on the weekend. I want to enjoy and give our maximum like the past. For the moment I would rate a 5 for my bike, because I am still not really sure, but for last year we won the race so I would say 9. So, we try to get this 9 back.”

Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (#21 Honda Asia-Dream Racing with Astemo) – 4th (1:35.658s)

“We have some problems with the bike in the beginning, and I couldn’t complete the practice 1. We had wasted time in the practice 1 and we have no data on this bike, because this bike is new and we have never tested it before. We need to keep collect as much data as we can but unfortunately, we could not finish the ride. But finally in Practice 2 my bike was going well and we repaired the bike, I managed to ride more laps to get more mileage and understand better the character of the bike. But I still struggle a lot with the feeling and the suspension as well as electronic side. It’s not easy to adapt but I believe we can improve step by step, and I will try some adjustment in hope that we will improve more. Our target is to get the feeling besids finding solutions to the problems.”

Apiwath Wongthananon (#24 YAMAHA TECHNE Racing Team ASEAN) – #1 (1:38.996s) 

“This time we are using the same bike as last year, but with different setups to try today. So far, I am happy. I just need it to be faster so I’m thinking about different setup and setting to try out.  I am confident as I was racing in the World Championship and I have good experience I want to keep developing it.”

Muhammad Helmi Azman (#32 IDEMITSU Boon Siew Honda Racing Team) – #3 (1:39.672s)

“So far not too much difference as we have data collected from last season, so this year our focus is to enhance the bike by searching for the best setup for the race on the weekend. Besides that we are also quite happy with the lap time as it is not too differ from last season’s record. I will keep trying to improve my weak point from time to time.”

Nazirul Izzat Bahauddin (#87 UMA Racing YAMAHA Maju Motor Asia Team) – 11th (2:02.042s)

“Today we were for focused on engine setup and suspension. We were also trying to find a new setup through the data we collected so hopefully I can perform well this weekend. Today’s weather is quite different as compared to hot weather in the previous season in which it has come to my concern that the change of the weather might affect our setting. Nevertheless, despite the challenges, I am committed to giving my all to defend my championship title.”

Gupita Kresna Wardhana (#23 4S1M EVO YAMAHA Racing Team) – 6th (2:01.309s)

“We conducted a series of research-based trials in the fields of engine, suspension, and electrical systems upgrades, all yielding improved power output and stability. While there were minor issues encountered, overall, everything is progressing well. The setup adjustments made today were quite satisfying for me as they allowed for a more aggressive flow speed on the track.”