#SupermotoAsia | TRAKARN SATISFIES HOME CROWD WITH PODIUM VICTORY
- Thai rider Trakarn Thangthong finishes first in both Moto 1 and Moto 2.
- Malaysian rider Mohammad Khairi Zakria claims the second spot on the podium while Thai wild card rider Apidej finishes in third.
- Overwhelming heat and challenges from the short track layout posed several difficulties for the riders.
- Trakarn remains first in the overall championship standings while Japan’s Kiyoshi Saai places second and Khairi in third.
Bangkok, 26 June 2015 – The third round of the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship has just concluded today at the open carpark of Wonder World Fun Park, Bangkok with local hometown hero Trakarn Thangthong coming out on the top of the podium with 50 points to retain his current lead in the overall championship standings. Taking the second spot on the podium was Malaysian rider Mohammad Khairi Zakaria with 44 points while Thailand’s Apidej finishes in third with 38 points.
Despite being a tarmac-only track with no off-road section, the riders were still challenged with the scorching heat and slipperiness issues. Today’s track was also significantly shorter than the previous track in Serdang, with much more corners to account for, thus posing even more challenges to the riders.
A throng of Thai fans came pouring in at the venue today to support their favourite rider Trakarn Thangthong. Despite having to fulfill obligatory meet-and-greet and autography signing sessions, Trakarn managed to come out victorious in both Moto 1 and Moto2. The KTM rider commented, “Today’s race was difficult because of the heat. Also, it’s very tiring to ride in a track that’s short with many corners. My front and rear brakes were fading a bit from the overwhelming heat but fortunately my team was on the job, constantly rectifying the problem throughout the day. I would like to congratulate all the other riders who finished on the podium. I would also like to thank to all my Thai fans for coming over today to cheer me on. I couldn’t have done it without their support”. This afternoon’s temperature was recorded at 34oC which proved to be too much Trakarn as he had to be driven off in an ambulance after the podium ceremony for dehydration.
Malaysian rider Mohammad Khairi Zakaria was constantly giving Trakarn a good fight throughout the day as he recorded the second fastest lap during the Qualifying round with a time difference of just 0.38 seconds, and finished behind the Thai rider in Moto 1 by just 1.57 seconds. The Husqvarna rider started out with a good lead during the first half of Moto 2. Midway through the race, heat and braking issues began to take over and caused the Malaysian to drop from first to second position. “This round’s track is much shorter than usual, and it’s harder to overtake the other riders on this track. However, the tarmac is a little smoother than the last one in Serdang, so I could go faster. I’m a little dissatisfied with my performance today but still thankful for finishing in second place overall. Given the short length of the track, I had to hit my brakes more frequently, which gave problems to my brakes during the later stage of the race. Trakarn managed to overtake me in the second half of Moto 2 as the overwhelming heat caused my brake lever to come all the way to my handlebar. This is the first time such a problem has happened to me but I will definitely study on how to overcome this”.
Finishing fourth in Moto 1 and third in Moto 2 was Thailand’s Kawasaki rider Apidej. The young rider impressed the crowd today as he put up a tough fight against Japanese riders Kiyoshi Saai and Sodo Hamahara for the third spot on the podium. Apidej was roped in as a wild card for the Thailand round and will not be continuing to participate in the subsequent rounds for the Asian championship title. “I’m very happy with what I achieved today and I would like to thank all the supporters who came down to watch the race, and also the organizers for giving me the opportunity to participate in this round”.
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Round 3 – 2015 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship Top 5 Results
- Trakarn Thangthong (Thailand) – 50 points
- Mohammad Khairi Zakaria (Malaysia) – 44 points
- Apidej (Thailand) – 38 points
- Kiyoshi Saai (Japan) – 35 points
- Sodo Hamahara (Japan) – 33 points
Top 5 Overall Results – Round 1, 2 & 3
- Trakarn Thangthong (Thailand) – 144 points
- Kiyoshi Saai (Japan) – 127 points
- Mohammad Khairi Zakaria (Malaysia) – 111 points
- Mohd Habbibullah Mohd Salleh (Malaysia) – 106 points
- Ben Prasit Hallgren (Thailand) – 93 points
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About FIM Asia.
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About Malaysia Major Events
Malaysia Major Events is a division of Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia. Tasked under the Prime Minister’s Economic Transformation Programme, it’s mission is to place Malaysia on the world map as the event venue of choice. To be top of mind, right at the onset as the centre stage for sports, arts, lifestyle and entertainment events in Asia. Malaysia Major Events was set up in 2011 and has successfully enticed many international events here in Malaysia. Similarly assisting in promoting home grown events and home hosted events which would strengthen Malaysia’s global appeal as an international venue for major events. This includes music festivals, sporting championships, touring events and lifestyle showcases, from triathlons to international diva in concerts, extreme sports to debating forums.
About Asia Supersports Group Sdn Bhd
Asia Supersports Group Sdn Bhd (ASG) is a consortium of 3 companies namely Bikenation Motorsports Sdn Bhd, CW Media Sdn Bhd, and Eplus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd. Collectively, this consortium has over 30 years experience in the automotive and event industry in Asia. Bikenation Motorsports as the Technical Partner of ASG, bring with them years of experience of managing and organising local and international SuperMoto races. They have promoted this sport to all over Asia and have helped nurture local talents of SuperMoto riders in Asia. CW Media Sdn Bhd, ASG Media Partner, is a motoring publication company, which is also the license holders for Bonnier Corporation (Sweden) which publishes world renowned motorcycle titles such as Cycle World, Motorcyclists and Super StreetBike. In Malaysia, they publish Cycle World Malaysia and On The Road and are also the founders of MotoJamm, an international motorcycle freestyle entertainment event and www.trademysuperbike.com , Asia’s top motorcycle classifieds/ecommerce website. E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd is ASG’s Production Partner, which is one of Malaysia’s and Asia’s top event management company with over 20 years of experience, managing thousands of world class events. Some of the top events organised are the ATP Malaysia Open, Junior World NBA and Twin Towers Live.