News 4 Dec 2017

Double podium for West in Asia Road Racing Championship finals

Kawasaki's Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman crowned at Chang International Circuit.

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Queenslander Anthony West scored a pair of second-place finishes as the 2017 Asia Road Racing Championship wrapped up at Chang International Circuit in Thailand over the weekend, claiming sixth in the final SuperSports 600cc standings.

In race one it was Apiwat Wongthananon who handed the Yamaha Racing Thailand team their second victory of the year when he pipped West to the finish-line, while former Moto2 rider Thitipong Warokorn (Kawasaki Thailand Racing Team) was third.

Race two saw local standout Wongthananon win again, this time by 2.3s ahead of West, while third was enough for Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing) to lift the second SuperSports 600cc title of his career.

Azlan’s closest rival for the title, Md Zaqhwan Zaidi (MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda), was seventh across the chequered flag. Consequently, he dropped to second overall, as Taiga Hada (RAMA Honda by NTS T.Pro Ten10) finished eighth in the race and took third on the championship.

The weekend saw Broc Pearson make his SuperSports 600cc debut upon return to the Asian series with RAMA Honda, claiming P17 in both races. Countryman Patrick Li was also on the grid alongside West at Akeno Speed Racing, but registered a double DNF.