Welcoming a new born baby boy into the Kraisart family had provided the extra impetus for Decha Kraisart to push through the psychological barrier of a comeback and win his first SuperSports 600cc victory in the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship since 2010. The 35-year-old Thai rider persevered through a race of attrition in Race 1 of the Suzuka leg of the 2016 season.

Qualifying third fastest on the grid, Decha carried the fight to Yuki Takahashi in the first five laps of the SuperSports 600cc Race 1. However, the race was red-flagged on Lap 5 when Anucha Nakcharoensri’s crash at the final chicane caused his bike to burst into flames. The riders were reassembled for a shortened race, and at the end of the combined race times, Decha Kraisart was declared as the winner with a time of 20’01.675s. Yuki Takahashi placed second with 20’02.003s while Tomoyoshi Koyama was third with 20’03.420s.

“The latest addition to our family was born yesterday (June 3). When I received the good news, I felt super charged and confident that I could handle anything. By coincidence, I named my son Japan Kraisart because I loved the years I spent racing in the All Japan Championship. It may be a coincidence but I feel like my son had brought me good luck in this race. A few years ago, I named my firstborn daughter Asia Kraisart, in tribute to the Asia Road Racing Championship,” said Decha who had formerly been crowned SuperSports 600cc champion in 2007 and 2010.

Championship leader Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman picked up 11 points in fifth place to stay at the front with 89 points. Tomoyoshi Koyama’s podium finish at Suzuka placed him second overall with 85 points while Zaqhwan Zaidi hung on to third place with 84 points despite finishing only ninth in Race 1.