Afif’s debut in endurance race ends up in smoke

PETALING JAYA: It was a debut to forget for Ahmad Afif Amran’s in the Suzuka 4-Hour Endurance Race after he suffered a fiery crash at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan on Saturday.

The PETRONAS Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia rider started 24th on the grid before crashing out in the opening lap.

His Yamaha YZF-R6 caught fire, dashing the hopes of finishing the race. Fortunately Afif escaped the crash unscathed.

Yamaha Racing Indonesia claimed a one-two finish when Imanuel Pratna and Ibarek Sageru finished ahead of fellow countrymen, Sudarmono and Sigit PD within 97 laps; recording a total time at 4:00’23.617s and 4:00’28.329s respectively.

This is the second year running an Indonesian team has won the 4-Hour title with Astra Honda Motor taking the honours last year.

Previously, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman and Mohd Emir Firdaus of Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing emerged champion in 2011 and 2012.

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