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Katsuaki Fujiwara came up tops in an intense three-way battle, with a time of 22:55.198, ahead of wild-card Shinichi Nakatomi (RC Koshien) and Malaysian racer Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman who came in third.
PETALING JAYA: Japanese ace Katsuaki Fujiwara ended Beet Kawasaki Racing’s drought in the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championships (ARRC) after winning Race 1 of the Supersports 600cc at the Autopolis International Race Course in Japan Saturday.
Fujiwara came up tops in an intense three-way battle, with a time of 22:55.198, ahead of wild-card Shinichi Nakatomi (RC Koshien) who had a time of 22:55.260 and Malaysian racer Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman who came in third with 22:55.294.
Petronas Hong Leong Yamaha duo of Mohd Zamri Baba and Yuki Ito finished fourth and fifth respectively.
“I was under a lot of pressure at the starting grid and all I could think about was winning the race simply because Autopolis is Kawasaki’s home track,” said the 38-year-old Fujiwara who picked up 25 points with that win and is second in the championships with 133.5 points.
Azlan leads the standings with 162 points.
“Luckily everything went well although the race was really tough with Nakatomi and Azlan coming really close.
“We swapped positions a number of times throughout but my knowledge of racing here and a strong setup gave me a slight advantage,” added Fujiwara.
In the Underbone 115cc, Givi Honda Yuzy Pachie’s Mohd Rozaiman Mohd Said scored a long-awaited victory while team-mate Mohd Amirul Ariff Musa came in second.
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