Tensions ran high as the premiere class riders lined up on the grid for Race 2 of the SuperSports 600cc class. Following the cancellation of Race 1, everyone had been determined to finish the race in grand fashion at the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship’s Australian debut at The Bend Motorsport Park.
The 600cc grid was cut down further when Decha Kraisart and Broc Pearson had to pull out due to injuries sustained earlier in the weekend.
Ito, who was one of the riders who had crashed out in Race 1, was lucky to have been able to get back onto the grid for Race 2. As the race was flagged off, the Yamaha Racing Team Asean poleman jumped into the lead ahead of Ratthapong Wilairot and Taiga Hada. The Japanese ace was racing well until a crash by Irfan Ardiansyah brought out the red flag on Lap 4.
The SuperSports 600cc race was re-started and reduced to 8 laps. At the re-start, Malaysian rookie Kasma Daniel Kasmayuddin took the early lead, again with Ratthapong and Yuki Ito in tow. Kasma ran wide on Lap 3, creating an opening for Ito to ride into the lead.
The Yamaha Racing Team Asean rider proceeded to control the race pace from the front of the group and ended the race in first with 15’42.605s. This would be Ito’s first win since Round 5 in India, in 2017.
Ratthapong Wilairot also reveled in his first SuperSports 600cc podium when he finished second with 15’44.207s. Malaysian rookie Mohd Ramdan Mohd Rosli created quite a stir when he came home in third place, clocking 15’49.587s.
Keisuke Kurihara and Keminth Kubo placed fourth and fifth respectively followed by Andi Farid Izdihar in fifth, Azroy Hakeem Anuar, Kasma Daniel, Joe Francis and defending champion Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman.
The shakeup from Race 1 has had a huge impact on the title chase. With points awarded only for Race 2, Ito was unable to take the lead from the absent Anthony West. West is still at the top of the ladder with 45 points. Ito is now ranked second with 42 points. Azlan Shah has dropped to third overall with 38 points.