Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing rider Andy Muhammad Fadly scored a personal victory at the final Asia Production 250cc race of the 2018 season when he picked up his first win in the intermediary class.
Starting the race from fourth on the grid, Fadly got himself mixed into the front group, fending off attacks from all fronts. The young Indonesian rider found it difficult to overcome the 1-2-3 formation thrown up by the Astra Honda Racing Team trio. By Lap 8, the front five had pulled away by 1.2 seconds.
On Lap 9, pole sitter Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi snuck into the front group with Peerapong Boonlert in tow. The entire 10-lap race boiled down to the last corner of the final lap when Anupab dove into Turn 12 but went in too deep and ran wide. Awhin Sanjaya got the perfect line while Fadly managed to stay out of trouble to follow Awhin to the finish line.
Astra Honda Racing Team’s Awhin Sanjaya was first across the line, but later was penalized with five race positions for having exceeded the track limit. This gave the victory to Fadly who stopped the clock at 19’01.944s. Confirmed AP250 Champion Rheza Danica Ahrens was second with 19’02.483s and Anupab Sarmoon third with 19’02.049s.
Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi, Peerapong Boonlert, and Mario Suryo Aji were similarly penalized.
2018 Asia Production 250cc Champion Rheza Danica Ahrens (Astra Honda Racing Team) brought his points-haul up to 226 points. Anupab Sarmoon managed to stay in second with 158 points and Rafid Topan Sucipto third with 151 points.
The Astra Honda Racing Team also confirmed themselves as the Asia Production 250cc Team Award recipient for the second consecutive year.