Sumit Lucas Toppo and Prabhu Arunagiri finish 11th & 12th in Honda Asia Dream Cup Race, Tamada wins Asia Road Racing Championship in Chennai
Red flag situation arose, while the race was discontinued due to fear of coolant that spilled from Tamada’s bike which would pose a problem to other riders. Tamada was declared a winner based on position in 9th lap, as he clocked 15:36:927 as against Azlan who clocked 15:37:21 while Zamri came in third clocking 15:38:166.
Race 2 saw Tamada lose control of his bike resulting in a crash while tackling a turn. This caused back and leg injuries for the racer who was thankful that it was nothing more serious. Tamada finished first in both races while Azlan is at the top of champions standing. He now leads SuperSport 600cc standing with 120 points while Tamada is at 88.5 points followed by Zamri in third place with 81 points.
Two Indian riders Sumit Toppo and A Prabhu finished 10th and 12th respectively and will go on to participate in Dream Cup Race Round 4 of PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championships to be held at the Suzuka International Circuit in Japan from 30th August to 1st September.
“This is the 2nd year of Dream Asia Cup and we are happy to host its India round in Chennai. This initiative is primarily to boost riding skills among the riders and also give them platform to showcase their talent. As a responsible corporate, Honda will continue to expand safe fun biking culture in India. With the CBR 250R under Team Championship, Honda will promote its global legacy of providing advanced motor-sports experience for expert riders,” said Mr. Keita Muramatsu, President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.
Tamada said, “Race 2 felt a bit off, from the start I felt the grip was not strong enough. Nevertheless, I could still ride comfortably. But somehow, I lost control of the bike and crashed coming out of a turn. My back and leg still hurts from the impact but I consider myself lucky to escape without any major injuries.”
Ahmad Afif Amran (Underbone 115cc) said, “Words cant express how happy I feel to get back on top of the standings. The team prepared extensively for this round so it feels really good to achieve what we came here to do.” “I tried to pull away early in Race 1 but the other riders were really fast. So I kept close with the frontrunners and attacked in the final lap and our efforts paid off when I won the race ahead of Hadi.”
“The same thing happened in Race 2, only these times there were a lot more riders in the front. There was no way I could escape so I opted to keep a steady pace. I was close to overtaking Affendi at the final turn but my bike lost power when exiting. I was quite disappointed but still content to still finish on the podium,” he added.