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Indonesia ARRC: Ahamed scores a double points finish

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Indonesia ARRC: Ahamed scores a double points finish
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Aug 13, 2017, 11:13 AM

KY Ahamed led the honours among the Indians in the fourth round of Asia Road Racing Championship in Indonesia, scoring a double top 10 finish in the Suzuki Asia Challenge.

Sarath Kumar, Rama Honda
Track action SuperSports 600cc
Track action Underbone 150cc
Andi Gilang, Astra Honda Racing Team
Track action Asia Production 250cc
Andi Gilang, Astra Honda Racing Team
Ahmad Yudhistira dan Azlan Shah, SuperSports 600cc
Zaqhwan Zaidi, SuperSports 600cc

In Saturday’s opening race, Ahamed made a rocketing start from 11th on the grid to jump to fifth by the end of lap 1. A few laps later, he took the race lead briefly, before being shuffled down the order due to the high slipstream effect.

On the final tour, several riders crashed out, forcing others to take avoiding action. Ahamed was unlucky to be caught in the melee and ended up a disappointing 10th.

The second race was a similar story, with Ahamed making an equally stellar start to move up to sixth. He led the race for a few corners on the final lap, but a late change of positions demoted him down to seventh by the time the chequered flag was dropped.

After the completion of the weekend action, Ahamed sits 11th in the championship with 40 points. Compatriot Prabhu Arunagiri has dropped down to 12th in the standings after missing this round due to an injury sustained in the Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship.

With a victory and a second place, Thailand’s Punchana Kulrojchalalal heads the table with 139 points. April King holds the second spot, while Tetsuya Fujita is placed third.

No points for Sethu, Sarath

Rajiv Sethu’s difficult campaign in the Asia Production 250cc class continued at the Sentul International Circuit, with the Honda-backed rider unable to end his points duck.

Sethu, who was particularly impressive last year in the Asia Dream Cup, finished the weekend’s two races in the 23rd and 27th places respectively.

Meanwhile, Championship leader Gerry Salim extended his advantage with a double victory on home turf.

Like Sethu, Sarath Kumar, failed to capture the public imagination in Supersport 600cc, which is the flagship category in the Asia Road Racing Championship.

In a field comprising of former MotoGP and Moto2 riders, Sarath finished 17th in both races. Having scored points in each round so far, Indonesia marked the lowest point of the year for the former MotoGP-supporting 125cc championship rider.

At the front, Dimas Ekky Pratama and Decha Kraisart shared the winning honours, with Azlan Shah - fresh off his podium in the iconic Suzuka 1000Km race - holding the championship lead despite finishing outside the podium in both races.

 

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