Japan's Katsuaki Fujiwara of BEET Kawasaki Racing is looking to grab his first victory of the 2014 Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship next week in Japan.
PETALING JAYA: Kawasaki rider Katsuaki Fujiwara knows the Autopolis Circuit like the back of his hand.
And he will be using the knowledge of his home track in Hita City, Japan, to claim his first victory of the season in the SuperSports 600cc race in the third round of the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) from Aug 15-17.
The BEET Kawasaki Racing pilot has surprisingly failed to win a race this year. In his previous three seasons, he was able to score at least one win from the first two rounds.
In the opening round in Sepang, Honda’s Mohd Zamri Baba won both the races. In the second round in Indonesia in June, M. Fadli won Race 1 while Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi took Race 2.
“I had a tough time in the opening two rounds,” confessed Fujiwara.
“Zamri got competitive with his new Honda. He is a lot quicker than anticipated. Now, I also have to contend with Zaqhwan and (H.A) Yudhistira. But I think it’s good for the championship because this is what the spectators want to see,” he added.
Fujiwara, however, still remains as one of this season’s title favourites as he is ranked third overall with 49 points. He scored a double podium in Sepang and finished fourth in Indonesia.
Musashi Boon Siew Honda’s Zamri leads with 66 points. Indonesian Yudhistira of Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing is second on 59 points.
“Kawasaki have yet to lose a race at Autopolis and I hope to do the same again next weekend. It is a special race for Kawasaki fans and I do not want to disappoint them. We are aware that it will not be a walk in the park with the heightened competition, but it is very important that we try our best and keep fighting for a win,” added Fujiwara.