Punchana Kulrojchalalai may become the first Thai rider to win the Suzuki Asian Challenge title.
Punchana will be heading to his home track, the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, as the championship leader in the Suzuki talent development programme. 50 championship points are up for grabs at the last weekend. Punchana needs 17. This means either a podium finish in Race 1, or top-8 finishes in both Race 1 and Race 2.
April King Mascardo of the Philippines look threatening in second overall position with 106 points. 2017 is April’s third attempt at the title and he demonstrated his race-winning capabilities early this year at Round 2.
Also in the fray, is young Japanese newcomer Tetsuya Fujita with 103 points.
Finally, Ahmad Saugi Muchtar, fourth overall with 102 points, also has a shot at the title. The Indonesian rider will be under pressure to retain the title, especially since the 2015 and 2016 crowns were lifted by compatriots Andreas Gunawan and Jefri Tosema respectively.