Relieved to be back on homeground after two tough races in Malaysia and Thailand, Trickstar Racing duo Takehiro Yamamoto and Ayumu Tanaka dominated the first day of Asia Production 250cc practices at the Suzuka leg of the 2016 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship.
The two Kawasaki riders consistently snared the 1-2 positions in all three free practice sessions. Defending champion Yamamoto was the fastest rider of the day with 2’30.451s followed by Tanaka second fastest with 2’31.034s. The mercurial Apiwat Wongthananon was third fastest with 2’31.130s and will provisionally join his Japanese rivals on the front row.
Apiwat’s team mate Anupab Sarmoon logged 2’32.217s as the fourth fastest rider in the 29-rider grid followed by local wildcards Takashi Yasuda fifth fastest with 2’32.558s and Toshihiro Nakazawa sixth fastest with 2’32.593s.
Indonesia’s Rey Ratukore, Thailand’s Peerapong Loiboonpeng and Vorapong Malahuan, as well as Galang Hendra Pratama completed the top-10 in the combined practice results.