As the curtains came down on the Underbone 130cc category for the very last time in the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship, Wahyu Aji Trilaksana proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the 130cc class belonged to the Indonesian riders.
Going into Race 2 of the ARRC finale at the Chang International Circuit, Wahyu held a narrow 2-point lead ahead of Malaysian Mohd Amirul Ariff Musa. A very focused BKMS rider approached the starting grid knowing that he needed an outright win to etch his name on the trophy.
Wahyu’s odds of winning the championship increased when Ahmad Fazli Sham dropped out of the title chase on Lap 1.
As the race progressed, the Indonesian duo displayed impeccable teamwork. By Lap 5, Wahyu was 1.9 seconds in front, all because Florianus Roy played his role as second rider to perfection. The gap between Wahyu and the chasing pack kept increasing until the Indonesian crossed the finish line with a 3.559 second lead. Wahyu’s third win of the season was clocked at 17’16.687s. Florianus Roy finished second with 17’20.286s and Mohd Shah Khairil Hisham third with 17’20.728s.
Wahyu Aji Trilaksana became the third Indonesian rider to win the Underbone 130cc title, joining Hadi Wijaya and Gupita Kresna Wardhana on the ARRC honor roll. He will also be the last champion of the category as the Underbone 130cc gives way to the SuperCub 150cc in 2017.
“This is the biggest title of my career so far. I am so happy right now. I am speechless!” said a delighted Wahyu who picked up 149 points.
Mohd Amirul Ariff Musa ended the season in second overall position with 133 points while Mohd Izzat Zaidi was third with 117 points.
At the final count, team UMA Racing Yamaha Maju Motor won the Team Award category with 170 points. Wahyu’s team, team TPK48 BKMS Indonesia, was second overall with 149 points. T Pro Yuzy Honda NTS was third with 136 points.