Picking up zero championship points is an unusual occurrence for 2-time Underbone 130cc champion Gupita Kresna Wardhana. A podium regular during his Underbone racing days, the 27-year-old Indonesian ace is feeling the pressure in his Asia Production 250cc debut season of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship.
“The Asia Production 250cc is a huge challenge. It is a tough competition with a large number of entrants. Even getting into the points was really difficult at Round 1,” said Gupita who finished 18th in Race 1 and 16th in Race 2 at Pasir Gudang.
Gupita’s problems are compounded by the fact that he has not been able to ride on the 250cc bike since the opening round. “I have only been able to do physical training in between Round 1 and Round 2. I have not ridden the bike since.”
Achieving better results will be Gupita’s goal for Round 2 in Thailand on May 7 and 8.
“I have spent many years dominating the Underbone categories and I felt ready for bigger challenges. As this is my debut season, I will have to patiently sort out the problems that come my way. Podium finishes are not going to happen overnight, that’s for sure.”
However, the Indonesian ace is optimistic that he will make it to the top ranks of the class. “The Hondas and Yamahas are really fast in this class. But our team has plans to improve on our bike. This gives me confidence that I will at least be able to follow the leading groups better in Round 2.”