TVS Asia One Make Championship was made even more competitive this season with the likes of extraordinary riders marking the entry list. This time around, Vorapong Malahuan of Thailand found his way to the top of the podium in Race 1 of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship that was held at Chang International Circuit.

During the qualifying session in the morning, Piyawat Patoomyos of Thailand clocked in at 1’49:742s followed by Md Muzakkir Mohamed of Malaysia at 1’50:388s. Vorapong Malahuan, defending champion made his best at 1’50:935s.

The riders were off to a fantastic start as soon as the race was flagged off. Vorapong immediately found the opportunity to strike and took the lead at turn one but was superseded by Ramdan who seemed confident striding aboard the TVS Apache RR310. Vorapong however struck back. In the second lap, Kerwin managed to loop himself ahead of the troop at the second sector and by the end of lap 2, Ramdan once again bolted ahead.

By mid-race, Vorapong was back at the lead position. Nevertheless, he was strained by Malaysian duo Ramdan and Muzakkir and by the end of lap 5, Thai rider Piyawat emerged at P1. The pressure mounted with each lap and with two more laps to go, Ramdan faced issues with his machine consequently slowing him down. At the last lap, it was nip and tuck between Vorapong and Piyawat nevertheless, the Season 2022 champion was fiery in defending his title. As the last turn, he increased speed and bolted ahead clocking in at 14’55:442s.

Commenting on the race, Vorapong said, “This place is really hot. At the starting grid too, it was super- hot! Yesterday was not so good for me as I couldn’t achieve a good lap time. But during the qualifying, I was more confident with my machine because I could obtain a better lap time. I am really happy to bag the first win for the season.”

Taking the second spot on the podium was Piyawat Patoomyos of Thailand with his best time at 14’55:582s.

Taiyo Saito of Japan took the third place on the podium, logging in at 14’59:756s.

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