Overview: Indonesian rider Wahyu Aji Trilaksana was finally able to show his full mettle in Race 2 of the Underbone 130cc class at Round 4 of the 2016 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship. The TPK48 BKMS Indonesia rider who was tipped as the favourite to win at the Sentul Circuit crafted a comeback after a dismal outing in Race 1 on Saturday.
Race Start: Wahyu shot off from pole position into the holeshot with the full 17-bike contingent hot on his tail. Wahyu was only able to hold on to the position for a few corners as the usual jostling got underway.
Lap 1: Wahyu leads Amirul Ariff Musa into Lap 1. Vietnamese rider Cao Viet Nam retired from the race.
Lap 2: Wahyu managed a small 0.434s lead ahead of the group battling for P2. Mohd Fareez Afeez of team IUGB AFB Tech Racing also retired, cruising into the pitlane on his own power.
Lap 3: Tag-team strategy began to come into play with Wahyu Aji seen to be asking for help from Wahyu Nugraha to keep the rest of the riders in place.
Lap 4: Wahyu Nugraha played his role to perfection. Wahyu Aji Trilaksana’s margin increased.
Lap 5: The battle for P2 intensified between the top nine riders. Another IUGB AFB Tech Racing rider, Mohd Irfan Rosnizam retired from the race due to engine failure.
Lap 6: Norizman emerges from the group to bring the challenge to Wahyu Nugraha. Both riders were still fighting for P2. By then, Wahyu Aji Trilaksana had gained a 2.141s lead – a huge margin by Underbone racing standards.
Lap 7: Wahyu Aji Trilaksana increases his lead to 3.3 seconds. T.Pro Yuzy Honda NTS With WoW’s Amirul Ariff Musa was seen trying to reel Wahyu in, but was himself pressured by the large group surrounding him.
Lap 8: Norizman had to fend off persistent attacks from Wahyu Nugraha and Florianus Roy. While the three riders were otherwise engaged, Amirul Ariff Musa slipped past into P2.
Lap 9: After spending 8 laps taking the measure of each other, the riders hunkered down for the final lap battle.
Lap 10: Wahyu Aji Trilaksana, unchallenged at the front, romped to an easy finish with a time of 19’13.483s, 4.443 seconds in front of his closest rival. Behind him, seasoned Malaysian campaigners Ahmad Fazli Sham and Norizman Ismail sprang out of nowhere to pull off a surprising second and third place finish. Fazli clocked 19’17.926s while Norizman posted 19’17.964s. Wahyu Nugraha and Florianus Roy who had worked so far to keep the other riders away from their compatriot, were denied their dream 1-2-3 all-Indonesian finish and had to settle for fourth and fifth places respectively.
Championship Standings: Wahyu’s win turned the championship tables around as he leapfrogged to the top spot with 88 points. TPro Yuzy Honda NTS rider Mohd Amirul Ariff Musa is second overall with 83 points. RCB KAGE Motobatt Yamaha YY Pang’s Mohd Izzat Zaidi who had led the Underbone 130cc title chase up to this point, drops to third overall when he crashed out of Race 2.
Team Standings: Wahyu has also managed an upheaval in the team standings. Team TPK48 BKMS Indonesia is now tied in first place with UMA Racing Yamaha Maju Motor. Both teams have picked up 88 points so far. Team RCB KAGE Motobatt Yamaha YY Pang slips down to third with 84 points.
Wahyu Aji Trilaksana, TPK48 BKMS Indonesia, Winner: I got lucky. Everyone was so busy fighting with each other that I managed to get away. After Lap 3, it was just a matter of staying focused.
Ahmad Fazli Sham, UMA Racing Yamaha Maju, 2nd place: This podium feels good after I was forced to retire yesterday. But I went to the grid for Race 2 feeling good because the team had been able to fix the problem and the bike was a dream to ride today. My thanks to my team for their hard work overnight.