There were no surprises in store for the Asia Production 250cc riders. Apiwat Wongthananon, clearly in a league of his own, qualified uncontested at the top of the timing sheets. The Yamaha Thailand Racing star rider went progressively faster throughout the qualifying session, ending the 30-minute session with 01’55.203s as the pole sitter for the final races of the 2016 season.

A last-minute dash to the chequered flag saw Takehiro Yamamoto pip Indonesia’s Galang Hendra Pratama to the finish line. Yamamoto will start the race from second on the grid with 01’55.427s, relegating Galang to third spot with 01’55.809s.

“The grid was too crowded, that is why I couldn’t beat the time I set during the free practice. I had barely enough room to enter the corners. Everyone was crowding me,” said Apiwat.

The Thai rider further explained that he is still working so hard because he wants to dedicate the double victory to Thailand’s new King

On second row, Vorapong Malahuan will be facing competition from two strong Japanese riders. Ayumu Tanaka who was fifth fastest of the day would be eager to help his team mate retain his second overall position. Akeno Speed’s Soichiro Minamimoto, clocked sixth fastest with 01’56.008s.