Katsuaki Fujiwara on his way to breaking his day-old Sepang lap record on the second day of the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship pre-season testing.
PETALING JAYA: After a sluggish start, Katsuaki Fujiwara stamped his mark by breaking his previous day’s lap record at the end of the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship pre-season test at the Sepang Circuit.
Yuki Ito (Petronas Hong Leong Yamaha) and Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi (Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing) had dominated Wednesday’s morning and afternoon sessions.
But a last minute flying lap of 1:05.192 saw the 39-year-old Fujiwara, BEET Kawasaki Racing team’s SuperSports 600cc rider, overhaul Zaqhwan’s best time of 1:05.213. Yuki settled for the third fastest time of 1:05.230.
Fujiwara’s timing also bettered his lap record of 1:05.254 set on Tuesday.
“We had a very productive day, although we did not break the one minute four second barrier we targeted,” said Fujiwara.
“It was impossible as track conditions did not improved that much from Tuesday. Now I am looking forward to the first race of the season next month,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mohd Amirul Ariff Musa on Wednesday made clear his commitment to win the Underbone 130cc title when he bettered Tuesday’s fastest rider Vorapong Malahuan timing.
The T.Pro Yuzy Honda went quickest with 1:20.329s in the combined timesheets while his Thai Honda Racing Thailand rival clocked 1:20.451 was second fastest. Mohd Iskandar Raduan of AHM Racing wrapped up the top three with 1:21.033.