Kraisart takes pole in Asia Road Racing

August 6th, 2011 - 8:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Aug 6 (IANS) Defending champion Decha Kraisart from Thailand marked his comeback to the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship following injury by qualifying for the pole position in the premium Supersport 600cc class here Saturday.

Returning to the series after missing two rounds, the Thai ace set a scorching pace to clock one minute 44.100 seconds as against the 1:44.997 he posted during Friday’s free practice.

There was not much cheer for the host country as National champion Krishnan Rajini (Moto Rev India), astride an outdated Yamaha, finished 17th.

Katsuaki Fujiwara of Japan, who heads the championship standings in the 600cc class, was sixth after he posted a mediocre 1:44.771 and faces an uphill task Sunday when the two races will be held.

“Setting a record wasn’t on my mind as in the morning session my lap time wasn’t so convincing. Then, we changed the suspension settings and I altered my riding style,” said Kraisart.

“I must admit that I had to push to the maximum and needless to say, I am satisfied with the results. However, I believe I can go even faster tomorrow but I need to keep on watch out for others.”

In the Underbone 115cc class, championship leader Rafid Topan of Indonesia extended his dominance by clocking 1:59.820 for pole position ahead of Hadi Wijaya (INA) and Mohd Affendi Rosli (MAS).

India’s Jagan Kumar of India in TVS Racing colours, was 16th, ahead of three other riders, in the Underbone category.

The results (Combined Qualifying):

SuperSports 600cc: DechaKraisart (THA) 1 (Yamaha Thailand Racing) 1:44.100; Mohd Zamri Baba (MAS) 2 (Petronas Yamaha Malaysia) 1:44.131; Aaron Morris (AUS) 3 (Yamaha Indonesia Racing) 1:44.294.

Underbone 115cc: Rafid Topan Sucipto (INA) 1 (Yamaha CKJ TJM Racing) 1:59.820; Hadi Wijaya (INA) 2 (Kawasaki NHK Rextor Manual Tech) 2:00.264; MohdAffendi Rosli (MAS) 3 (Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing) 2:00.659.

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