He was once the toast of the Asian paddock, especially in 2011 when he won the Underbone title. Since then, Rafid Topan Sucipto’s racing career has had more than its fair share of ups and downs.
After his Underbone title-winning performance, Rafid was given the opportunity to jump straight into the Moto2 class in 2012 and 2013. With little time to prepare himself, Rafid found it hard to make an impact. He disappeared off the radar in 2014 and 2015 but re-emerged in 2016 when he raced in the CEV.
2018 brought Rafid back to the ARRC where he is making a comeback in the Asia Production 250cc class with team Yamaha Yamalube KYT TJM WR Super Battery.
Unlike his previous international moves, this homecoming had been relatively low-key. His on-track performance, however, spoke volumes at the opening round in Thailand. While the flamboyant Thai riders stole the limelight, Rafid put up a stunning ride by finishing 5thin Race 1 and a podium 2ndin Race 2.
Following that creditable performance from Round 1, Rafid may not stay as the underdog for much longer. He shares the 2ndoverall rung with Muklada Sarapuech with 31 points apiece, only 5 points adrift of championship leader Anupab Sarmoon. After six turbulent years on the world stage, perhaps this could finally be the turning point for Rafid Topan’s career.