As Race 2 for the second leg of the 2016 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship got underway for the Asia Dream Cup riders, Hiroki Nakamura raced a smart 8-lap race to clinch his third victory of the new season with a time of 16’52.634s

The race got off to its usual mayhem. Racing on similar machines, nine riders were bunched together in the lead group even as the 8-lap race went past its midway mark. Race 1 winner Muhd Febriansyah’s crash on Lap 2 did nothing to ease the tension.

However, even amidst the melee, three new riders stood out. Vietnamese rider Bui Duy Thong rode a phenomenal race as he mixed it up with the front runners and stood a shot of taking a podium finish if not for a crash at the last corner.

Another amazing performance came from India’s Hari Krishnan who led through the final lap but his lack of experience robbed him of the win at the last corner. Hari brought the Indian flag with him to the podium in second place with 16’52.792s. Finally, Australian talent Broc Pearson dedicated his third place finish to his mother as a Mother’s Day present when he crossed the line with 16’52.811s.

The Asia Dream Cup riders will be gearing up for their annual 2-hour endurance style race when the championship goes to Suzuka for Round 3. Nakamura is in a strong position, leading with 95 points. Hafiz Nor Azman is second with 66 points and Broc ranked third with 46 points.