2018 SuperSports 600cc team winner, Yamaha Thailand Racing Team, has started their title defense on a strong note. The team’s ace rider, Peerapong Boonlertdelivered an impressive performance in Race 1.

Peerapong qualified for second on the grid after crashing out at the final minutes of the morning’s qualifier. Pole position went to Adam Norrodin from the host track, SIC Junior ZK Racing Team. However, a slow start from Adam allowed Peerapong the opportunity to race into the holeshot. Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin was also able to push past Adam to take second spot at the opening lap.

With the lead firmly in hand, Peerapong stayed at the front for the entire 10 lap race. He eventually crossed the finish line with 21’53.239s, 1.255 seconds ahead ofsecond placed Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin.

Behind the leading duo, Adam managed to fight his way up the field to grab the last spot on the podium with 21’58.189s.

The SuperSports 600cc class suffered a number of big crashes. Fakhrusy Syakirin dropped off the radar in the first lap, followed soon by Passawit Thitivararak. TroyAlberto had a scary high side on Lap 1 while Astra Honda Racing Team’s Andi Farid Izdihar also retired from the race after four laps.