FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2017 – Cornish Wins Round 1

first_img107Pedro WunerINA101020 Returning 2015 Champ, Trakarn Thangthong finished 2nd overall. PosNo.NameNationalLapsBest TimeTotal Time 1097Arten TeslenkoRUS171:20.35923:36.386 1440Lee WeiTPE151:22.51722:43.571 DNF102Tsang Wai KeiHKG131:30.58723:46.389 61Muhd HabibullahMAS181:12.74124:20.495 Moto 2 Race Result: 31Muhd HabibullahMAS181:13.47223:14.056 6300Naoto TakayamaJPN141630 18Lewis CornishGBR181:11.60622:36.002 7162Farhan HendroINA151429 812Kenneth San AndresPHI171:20.49323:35.442 DNF40Lee WeiTPE51:25.6837:43.684 Defending 2016 Champ, Muhd. “Gabit” Habibullah ended the day 4th overall. 12720Lin Chin PeiTPE8816 DNF27Sun TongCHN121:25.99619:4.087 Lewis Cornish converted his pole position to win both Motos in Round 1 of the FIM Asia Supermoto 2017 Championship.  5300Naoto TakayamaJPN181:17.76824:07.549 DNF102Tsang Wai KeiHKG131:32.73723:45.547 13101Takashi SasakiJPN01212 1277Hasroy OsmanSGP161:18.96022:40.996 532Khairi ZakariaMAS161834 317Marcel Van DrunenNED182038 7300Naoto TakayamaJPN171:16.64522:37.403 812Kenneth San AndresPHI131326 928Natthapat SuksanwatthanaTHA121123 317Marcel Van DrunenNED181:15.22323:48.316 PosNo.NameNationalM1M2Total Point 417Marcel Van DrunenNED181:15.16923:31.190 25Trakarn ThangthongTHA222244 117Pedro WunerINA161:19.96422:39.942center_img 7162Farhan HendroINA181:18.29224:26.555 6162Farhan HendroINA181:17.09523:55.446 PosNo.NameNationalLapsBest TimeTotal Time 117Pedro WunerINA161:22.10123:01.271 1277Hasroy OsmanSGP161:22.92123:03.908 DNF97Artem TeslenkoRUS111:21.76124:31.701 1028Natthapat SuksanwatthanaTHA171:18.43124:03.932 25Trakarn ThangthongTHA181:12.52622:42.962 9101Takashi SasakiJPN171:22.06323:56.181 1177Hasroy OsmanSGP9918 Overall Standing 1497Artem TeslenkoRUS11011 13720Lin Chin PeiTPE151:25.41123:32.197 Moto 1 Race Result: 17102Tsang Wai KeiHKG000 41Muhd HabibullahMAS201535 18Lewis CornishGBR181:12.45923:00.233 928Natthapat SuksanWatthanaTHA171:15.36823:34.965 812Kenneth San AndresPHI171:18.52023:10.666 NAKHON CHAI SI, THAILAND, 3 SEPTEMBER 2017 – Beautiful weather and a  , wonderful circuit welcomed Round 1 of the FIM Asia Supermoto 2017 Championship. The competition saw 17 riders from 13 countries striving for national and personal pride.The day began with Free Practice, and as expected, the top three spots were dominated by United Kingdom’s Lewis Cornish, returning 2015 Champion, Thailand’s Trakarn Thangthong, and defending 2016 Champion Malaysia’s Muhd. “Gabit” Habibullah, respectively.MOTO 1Moto 1 started with the sun shining directly above the riders.Pole sitter Cornish grabbed the holeshot, but was followed tightly by all riders onto straight of the tarmac section, instead being diverted into the off-road section.Round 1 winner, Lewis CornishThe tight hairpin turn immediately after the last table top remained as the biggest challenge, serving as an advantage to some riders and vice-versa for others.With Cornish speeding ahead on an empty circuit, he opened up a two-second gap within a few laps to the pursuing Gabit and Thangthong. That left the latter two to battle between themselves, giving Cornish an even bigger cushion.The top three remained the same, until five minutes before the end of Moto 1, when Gabit was overtaken by Thangthong. The Thai rider had planned his move at the right moment, giving Gabit no time to regain the second spot.Gabit (#1) leading Thangthong (#5) Lewis finsihed Moto 1 in 22:236.002, followed by Thangthong and Gabit in 22:42.962 and 23:14.056, respectively.Dutchman Marcel Van Drunen, who had fought tooth and nail against Cornish in Qualifying and SuperChrono, was stuck in a fierce battle with another of Malaysia’s ace, Khairi Zakaria throughout the race to finish fourth, with the latter in fifth.Marcel Van DrunenMOTO 2Cornish stole the holeshot again at the start and never looked back to win his second Moto of the day, finishing the race comfortably five seconds ahead of Thangthong.“It was a very technical track. Most of us were using slick tyres to race on the track. With the triple dirt section, it feels more like a motocross track instead. I made multiple mistakes in Moto 1 but reduced it in Moto 2. I believe Trakarn and Gabit made mistakes as well, which gave me an advantage to the race,” said Lewis.“I was fortunate when Gabit hit on a hole at the third dirt section. That was when I passed him. He grew so much since we last faced off in 2015. I enjoyed riding with all the riders, and hopefully, I can perform better in Indonesia,” said Thangthong.Trakarn ThangthongSeemingly making amends to his fourth place finish in Moto 1, Van Drunen fought with Gabit for the final podium spot. The two exchanged places multiple times with high-risk maneuvers in the tighter corners.The contest ended just two laps from the end of the race, when Gabit ran off the track. It was a brave performance from the Malaysian, however, when the KTM Malaysia factory rider revealed later that he had lost his brakes.Whereas most riders would have called it quits, Gabit Habibullah soldiered on to finish the race“My front and rear brakes malfunctioned, and I lost control of my bike. This makes it even harder for me to maintain my pace, especially on this track. I tried my best to ensure the best possible result in this condition,” said Gabit.Gabit landed the sixth spot in Moto 2, clocking a total time of 24:20.495.Van Drunen (#17) battling with Gabit (#1)Malaysia’s Khairi Zakaria attempted to close the gap to the Dutchman, but his efforts were forlorn when he made a mistake at the transition between the road and off-road section. Khairi landed fourth in Moto 2, finishing nearly two seconds behind Marcel with a total time of 23:50.924.Khairi ZakariaJapan’s Naoto Takayama performed well in Moto 2, and came home fifth .“It was a perfect and successful race. We would like to congratulate the Asia Supersports Group, FMSCT, all the partners and all the riders. The opening round of the season was exciting, and everything was in order. The track is probably one of the most challenging tracks in the season’s history, but all safety aspects were taken into consideration,” said Stephan P. Carapiet, FIM Asia Safety Officer.The 2017 FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship will commence in Jogjakarta, Indonesia on 7 and 8 October 2017.For more information, visit www.supermotoasia.com or watch the race live for free in HD on www.twenty3.tv powered by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd.FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship is promoted by Asia Supersports Group, a consortium of three companies namely Bikenation Motorsports Sdn Bhd, Trade My Superbike and E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd; sanctioned by FIM Asia and FMSCT; and supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia), Malay Mail, Kelab Blogger Ben Ashaari and TX Sports. 532Khairi ZakariaMAS181:14.31623:33.763 DNF101Takashi SasakiJPN71:18.0329:30.062 432Khairi ZakariaMAS181:16.52223:50.924 1527Sun TongCHN077 25Trakarn ThangthongTHA181:14.49423:27.317 18Lewis CornishGBR252550 13720Lin Chin PeiTPE161:18.96022:40.996 1640Lee WeiTPE707 1427Sun TongCHN151:29.51024:09.029 –Ads–last_img read more