WILDCARD APIWAT BLAZINGLY FAST AT 600cc QUALIFIER

The Yamaha Thailand Racing Team riders are certainly rocking their brand new 2017 model Yamaha R6. Wildcard rider, Apiwat Wongthananon, back after a season racing Moto3 bikes in the Spanish National Championship, is aiming to wow his local crowd with a convincing victory at the Chang International Circuit.

 

Apiwat, who was 2016 Asia Production 250cc champion, showcased his abilities to perfection when he topped the SuperSports 600cc qualifying with 1’38.770s. Apiwat will lead the front row consisting of Chalermpol Polamai and Anthony West.

 

Meanwhile, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman was the fastest among the five title contenders. The Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing rider posted 1’39.223s during the qualifier and will start both Race 1 and Race 2 from fourth on the grid.

 

The two championship leaders Yuki Ito and Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi were seventh and eighth fastest respectively with 1’39.588s and 1’39.794s. Young Taiga Hada will start from tenth on the grid after he posted 1’40.070s as his best time.

SuperSports 600cc – TOP SPEED COMPARISON
FP1 FP2 FP3 QP
Zaqhwan 244.1 243.0 246.3
Ito 249.7 254.4 248.5 252.0
Hada 246.8 249.7 249.1 248.0
Azlan 252.0 251.4 252.0 253.8
Yudhi 250.8 254.4 254.4 252.0

As of the Qualifying Practice, Azlan looks to have the advantage in terms of laptimes and top speed.

 

Yuki Ito and Ahmad Yudhistira posted the fastest top speed of their class – 254.4km/hr while Zaqhwan looks to be disadvantaged at the long straights.