The thrill of motorsports transcends speed and dexterity. It encompasses the unpredictable twists that can either make or break a rider’s luck. At the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, Cao Viet Nam of the Honda Racing Vietnam Team experienced a range of emotions in Round 1 of the IDEMITSU FIM Asia Road Racing Championship in AP250 category. It was a weekend of highs and lows for Viet Nam who in his display of brilliance was overshadowed by the ruthless hand of fate. The stage was set with promising performances in practice sessions, where he showcased his prowess by claiming top positions. However, as the saying goes, it’s not about how you start but how you finish, and Viet Nam’s story took a dramatic turn in the final laps of both races.

It was a fantastic start to race 1 for Viet Nam. He took lead and fought a good battle all the way to the final lap. In a bitter twist of fate, he crashed at the final turn, instantly relegating him to an unexpected 11th place finish. Despite that unfortunate incident, he approached Race 2 with determination and went on to dominate the field once again but alas! Once again, when all laps were almost completed, he once again fell into the hands of misfortunate when he crashed at the final turn.

Viet Nam said “Round 1 holds a special place in my heart as it reminds me of the many good moments I’ve had there, especially when I rode in the Thailand Talent Cup. Additionally, since my bike and all my equipment are kept in Thailand and cannot be brought back to Vietnam due to the lack of a home circuit, which makes it feels more like a home race to me, almost like my second home.”

“During the last turn in Race 1, I anticipated Herjun blocking me from the inside, like in the last race in 2023, so I chose to go outside. However, he unexpectedly also went outside, which allowed Yamaha to clinch P1 and P2. It’s all part of the mind games in racing, so I’ll take it as a learning experience.”

“As for Race 2, I tried a different strategy by staying behind and attacking in the last turn. I was confident in my ability to brake deeply, but unfortunately, I fell again.”

“I was really sad after Race 2, and I kept questioning myself, “Why?” I’ll review the data again to better understand what went wrong in the last turn. I’m committed to learning from this experience for future races at this circuit.”

“I also felt disappointed, especially to my team, my fans in Vietnam, and everyone who supported me. We’ve waited a long time for this moment. However, the championship is still a long way ahead, and this is just the beginning. I know my time will come, especially since I have good speed. I’ll patiently wait for my moment to shine. Though I still feel a bit sad now, I’ll soon move on and start focusing on the next round at the Zhuhai International Circuit in China.”

“To me, everyone is equal in the coming races in Zhuhai. This will be our second time racing at the Zhuhai International Circuit. Last year in Zhuhai, I was quite strong and fought for a podium position before encountering a bike problem on the last lap. I’ve faced unlucky situations several times, but I’ll continue to believe and wait for my time to come.” said Viet Nam.