Deteriorating track conditions at the Sentul International Circuit proved to be no hindrance for Malaysian rider, Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi. The MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda rider took provisional pole in the first day of practice sessions as Round 4 of the Idemitsu Asia Road Racing Championship got underway this weekend.

Zaqhwan, 22, posted a time of 1’30.509s, ahead of a pack of mixed riders. The SuperSports 600cc defending champion attributed the bumpy track conditions to the slower laptimes being chalked up during the first day of practice.

Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing duo Ahmad Yudhistira and the still injured Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman were second and third fastest respectively with times of 1’30.512 and 1’30.573. Azlan had yet to fully recover from the hand injury sustained during Round 3 in Suzuka, and is bracing himself for a rough race ahead.

SuperSports 600cc dark horse Taiga Hada clocked fourth fastest with 1’30.742s. Decha Kraisart was the fastest of the Yamahas. The Yamaha Thailand Racing rider was fifth fastest with 1’30.858s. Yuki Ito, Chalermpol Polamai and Ratthapong Wilairot were sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.

Dimas Ekky Pratama, who replaced Irfan Ardiansyah for the Indonesian round, logged ninth fastest followed by Anthony West at the tail end of the top-10. Malaysian wildcard rider, Kasma Daniel Kasmayuddin made his SuperSports 600cc debut in 13th fastest with 1’32.318s.