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Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman in a file photo. He was timed at 2:15.483, the third fastest time in the free practice proceedings at the Suzuka Circuit.
PETALING JAYA: Wet conditions hampered the free practice proceedings in the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championships (ARRC) at the Suzuka Circuit as Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman struggled to set the third fastest time Friday.
The Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing rider was hoping to use his knowledge of the track, having experienced racing in the Suzuka 8-Hour Endurance Race there last month, to good effect but a brief downpour prior to the second practice session prevented him from getting good pace in the SuperSports 600cc class.
Wild card rider Shinichi Nakatomi (RC Koshien) was the fastest, clocking 2:14.784, while 2011 champion Katsuaki Fujiwara (BEET Kawasaki Racing) was second fastest in 2:15.483.
Azlan was timed at 2:15.483.
All three riders clocked their best times during the first session in the morning – before the rain.
“We spent the morning searching for the right set-up ... unfortunately it rained. We couldn’t do much with the wet track, so I do feel a bit disappointed,” said the 29-year-old Azlan.
“We are putting today’s episode behind us and looking forward to tomorrow’s practice. Based on the data we’ve gathered today and, if the circuit is dry, it is possible for us to drop our lap time to as low as in the 2:13 region.”
Meanwhile, Ahmad Afif Amran came in the quickest in the Underbone 115cc practice sessions.
The Petronas Hong Leong Yamaha rider edged compatriot Mohd Amirul Ariff Musa (Givi Honda Yuzy Pachie) to top the timesheets in 1:03.905. Amirul clocked 1:04.073 while Outdo Koyoko Motul Yamaha YY Pang Racing’s Mohd Adib Rosley was third fastest in 1:04.186.
SuperSports 600cc: 1. Shinichi Nakatomo (Yamaha) 2:14.784, 2. Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki) 2:15.483, 3. Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Honda) 2:15.666, 4. Ryuta Kobayashi (Honda) 2:15.877, 5. Makoto Inagaki (Yamaha) 2:16.898.
Underbone 115cc: 1. Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha) 1:03.905, 2. Amirul Ariff Musa (Honda) 1:04.073, 3. Mohd Adib Rosley (Yamaha) 1:04.186, 4. Gupita Kresna (Kawasaki) 1:04.283, 5. Harlan Fadhillah (Yamaha) 1:04.351.
Asia Dream Cup: 1. Hiroki Ono (Jpn) 1:01.937, 2. Dwi Satria (Ina) 1:02.323, 3. Fitri Ashraf Razali (Mas) 1:03.336, 4. Reitoku Kurogi (Jpn) 1:03.396, 5. Nicholas Aaron Waters (Aus) 1:03.722.
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