Hiroki Nakamura and Hafiz Nor Azman, two of the brightest talents in the 2016 edition of the Asia Dream Cup, lived up to their top billings in the annual Asia Dream Endurance Race. Their combined expertise placed them fastest during the third free practice of the class with a time of 2’41.900s, 0.919s seconds ahead of defending champions Seiji Maeda and Yoshiharu Okada.
Unfortunately for the duo, their promising results fizzled out when Hafiz suffered a big crash which resulted in a hairline fracture. The disappointed young Malaysian rider and his Japanese team mate have been forced to pull out of the 2-hour Endurance race.
Each year at the Suzuka Challenge, the Asia Dream Cup changes its format from a sprint race to a 2-hour Endurance race and is rebranded as the Asia Dream Endurance. This race is open to other competitors and opens up the opportunity for the Asia Dream Cup riders to sharpen their talents against other Japanese competitors.
Other Asia Dream Cup combinations that had made it to the top 10 from the first day of practice included third fastest Broc Pearson and Mohd Febriansyah with 2’43.978s as well as Koko Tadachi and Chisato Katayama posted sixth fastest with 2’44.260s