Astra Honda Racing Team trio, Rheza Danica Ahrens, Mario Suryo Aji, and Awhin Sanjaya has got the Asia Production 250cc front row locked down tight as Round 2 of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship got down to the business end of its race weekend at The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia.
Rheza, who had been consistently among the top runners during the free practice session, confirmed his right to park on pole position with a fast 2’08.039s. Rheza’s rookie team mate, young Mario Suryo Aji, was able to match Rheza pace-for-pace with 2’08.561s. Awhin got onto the front row during the closing minutes of the qualifying session. Thanks to a little bit of a tow from Mario, Awhin shaved more than a second off his personal best time to secure P3 with 2’08.773s.
Apart from Rheza, Mario and Awhin, the rest of the Indonesians on the field had also taken well to the 4.9km Bend Motorsport Park. Rafid Topan Sucipto will lead the second row with the fourth fastest time on the grid, 2’09.004s. Anupab Sarmoon is one of three Thai riders in the top-10, qualifying P5 with 2’09.004s. Anupab will start the race sandwiched between Rafid Topan and M. Faerozi who will start the race from P6 with 2’09.086s.
Andy Muhammad Fadly and Anggi Setiawan qualified within the top 10 – P7 with 2’09.166s and P8 with 2’09.482s respectively. Muklada Sarapuech’s qualifying strategy unraveled when her bike malfunctioned in the last few minutes of the qualifier. The AP Honda Racing Thailand rider will be starting both races from P9, just ahead of her P10 team mate, Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi.