Yamaha Thailand Racing Team’s Decha Kraisart has logged a new track record at the Madras Motor Race Track, host to Round 5 of the 2017 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship. 

Lapping home in the third free practice with 1’41.305s, Decha smashed the previous 2013 record by 1.5 seconds. The last record, held by Malaysian rider Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman, was posted at 1’42.785s.

Decha, who stands sixth overall on the championship ladder after eight races, still holds a mathematical chance of staging an upset in the final stages of the title chase.

However, the seasoned Thai campaigner will have his work cut out for him with both defending champion Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi and current championship leader Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman hot on his tail. Zaqhwan posted second fastest with 1’41.501s while Azlan ended the day third fastest with 1’41.801s.

Strong performances from Ahmad Yudhistira and Ratthapong Wilairot placed them fourth and fifth fastest respectively.

Yuki Ito, Keminth Kubo, Sittisak Onchawiang, Chalermpol Polamai and Teppei Nagoe completed the top 10.