Katsuaki Fujiwara in action during the ARRC pre-season testing at the Sepang International Circuit. He created a new Sepang lap time record of 1:05.254.
PETALING JAYA: Katsuaki Fujiwara set a new Sepang lap record time of 1:05.254 on the first day of pre-season testing of the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC).
The SuperSports 600cc rider erased the previous best of 1:05.337 set by defending champion Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman last year.
The BEET Kawasaki Racing rider’s confidence was further boosted when he mastered the first and last sessions as well in 1:05.541 and 1:05.485 on Tuesday at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC).
“It feels good to get back on the bike and immediately set a new lap record. Of course, the team was happy about what we achieved today but, personally, we could have gone much faster if the track was in better condition,” said Fujiwara.
Meanwhile, Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi stole the spotlight in the absence of local favourite Zamri Baba when the Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing was second fastest in 1:05.731.
Petronas Hong Leong Yamaha’s Yuki Ito was third fastest in 1:05.827.
In the revamped Underbone 130cc class, Thailand’s Vorapong Malahuan recorded the quickest lap of 1:21.701 while Khairul Idham Pawi topped all three practice session in the Asia Dream Cup with a best effort of 1:20.781.