The Thai riders in the SuperSports 600cc are living it up at the Chang International Circuit, host to the season finale of the 2018 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship.
Ratthapong Wilairot, Decha Kraisart and Keminth Kubo locked out the SuperSports 600cc front row with Ratthapong at the sharp end of the grid after posting 1’38.903s. Team play was very much in evidence throughout the 40-minute Qualifier. Ratthapong will park his bike alongside his Yamaha Thailand Racing Team teammate, Decha Kraisart who was second fastest with 1’39.219s. Keminth Kubo from Yamaha Racing Team Asean completed the all-Thai front row with the third fastest time of 1’39.288s. Of the three, only Ratthapong is in contention for the 600cc title.
Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing’s Ahmad Yudhistira qualified fourth with 1’39.288s, followed by Randy Krummenacher (1’39.384s) and Tomoyoshi Koyama (1’39.417s).
Further down the field, Zaqhwan Zaidi qualified seventh with 1’39.520s while a visibly upset Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman will be starting both races from eighth on the grid with 1’39.606s. Azlan will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to finish second in both races in order to keep his SuperSports 600cc title.