Bringing sporty focus to the ASEAN region, Yamaha Motor India took 5 top performing riders from the 4 National level R15 One Make Race Championship 2013 rounds. This year’s event was organized in association with the Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC) and the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) and is a part of the Indian National Racing Championship 2013.
Participating Yamaha Motor India riders at the 10th Yamaha ASEAN Cup Race 2013 were Vivek Pillai (Chennai), Ananth Raj (Chennai), Shyam Shankar (Chennai), Akash Dingare (Pune), and Lal Rindika (Mizoram).
Contested in 2 new classes: an ST Class using the ‘YZF-R15’ street sports model and an MT Class using the ‘JUPITER Z1’ sporty underbone type model, 41 riders from five participating nations (Philippines, India, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia) were chosen via national qualifiers in their respective countries. 2 riders from Japan competed as special entries. MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo gave fans much to cheer with a circuit demo run on a larger sport motorcycle and dis join in for other events and interactions.
ST Class (YZF-R15) was won by Prawat Yannawut, a Thai rider who finished 1st and 2nd in both heats, while the MT Class (JUPITER Z1*) was won by Richard Taroreh, an Indonesian rider who placed 3rd in both heats. Overall team championship title went to Indonesia for a record 6th time. Race Results by Team saw Indonesia on top with 188 points, Thailand next with 177 points and Malaysia in 3rd place with 116 points. None of the Indian riders finished within top 10 in either category.
Ravinder Singh, Vice President – Sales Strategy and Planning, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd., said, “The Yamaha ASEAN Cup Race is Yamaha’s way of providing a huge platform for racers from various Asian countries to come together and realize & reinforce the spirit of challenge, excitement & culture of Motor Sports in Asia. We at Yamaha Motor India have constantly endeavored to provide Indian racers the best of facilities and opportunities to realize their dreams of racing and during this process touch many more lives and inspire them to share their dreams. While motorcycle racing is still at a nascent stage in India, we do see a lot of enthusiasm around the sport and growing recognition for the same. ”