TRICKSTAR Racing’s Takehiro Yamamoto got in touch with his aggressive side and pulled off a stunning win during Race 1 for the Asia Production 250cc class in Sentul, Indonesia. Starting the race from pole position, Yamamoto was unable to retain his lead against strong competition from Vorapong Malahuan, Imanuel Putra and Galang Hendra Pratama.
The Japanese rider hunkered down into the leading group as one by one, riders dropped out in the heat of the race. Five laps in, Galang Hendra Pratama who stunned the grid with his blazing fast pace during the first day of practice retired on Lap 5 due to engine failure. Championship leader Apiwat Wongthananon who was challenging for the lead in the early stages of the race lost pace during the last few laps.
With 5 laps remaining on the pit wall, Yamamoto emerged from the group to mount a campaign for the win. The position-swapping among the 6-rider lead group continued right up to the final lap. With one last burst of speed, Yamamoto managed to break out of the slipstream and sprinted to the finish line to steal his second win of the season with a time of 21’21.719s. In his wake, Thai team mates Vorapong Malahuan and Somkiat Chantra from AP Honda Racing Thailand finished second and third respectively.
Apiwat Wongthananon is still in the lead with 146 points when he finished sixth in the race. Yamamoto also stays in second overall with 115 points followed by Peerapong Loiboonpeng third overall with 93 points.