Team Astra Honda Racing rider Gerry Salim must be in seventh heaven after picking up a seventh win during Race 2 of the Asia Production 250cc category. Performing before his home crowd at the Sentul International Circuit which was host to the fourth leg of the Idemitsu Asia Road Racing Championship, Gerry delighted the Indonesian fans with a hard-won victory against his own team mate.
Unlike Race 1 where the Indonesian ace enjoyed an uncontested ride at the front, Race 2 brought more challenges from team mate Andi Farid Izdihar, Tomoyoshi Koyama and Anupab Sarmoon. Gerry was made to fight a 12-lap wheel-to-wheel battle before emerging triumphant with a time of 20:48.769s. Andi and Koyama finished in second and third places.
Anupab Sarmoon and Rheza Danica crossed the finish line in fourth and fifth places.
If not for an unfortunate engine failure in Round 2 at Buriram, Gerry would have been on course for a perfect season. The 20-year-old holds a 60-point lead at the front of the title chase, with 175 points to Anupab Sarmoon’s 115 points in second place.