Thai rider Ratthapong Wilairot is giving it his all at the final round of the 2018 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship. Even though the Yamaha Thailand Racing Team rider only has a very slim chance, the 26-year-old rider is prepared to put up everything he’s got.
Ratthapong is one of six riders with a chance to win the SuperSports 600cc title in 2018. Currently ninth on the standings with 91 points, Ratthapong will need a double win on his home track to turn the tables on the other five contenders.
The Thai rider did just that when he aced the first day of free practice sessions by clinching the quickest lap of 1’38.939s. However, Ratthapong has yet to break the existing lap record held by Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi (1’38.469s).
Ratthapong’s compatriot and team mate Decha Kraisart was second fastest with 1’39.226s. Although the seasoned campaigner is no longer in championship contention, team play within the Yamaha Thailand Racing Team could see Decha playing wingman to Ratthapong’s race strategies.
Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing’s Ahmad Yudhistira clocked in third fastest with 1’39.469s. Randy Krummenacher has quickly gotten back into the groove with a fourth quickest time of 1’39.500s.
The main title contender for the weekend, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman, posted fifth fastest after the first day of practice with 1’39.691s.