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Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman Crowned Ornament for the First with Double Win

azlanshahAzlan Shah Kamaruzaman (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing), who led the championship after the 5th round at Suzuka, would race aiming for the first title in this final round. He had been attending in the Moto2 class from the 13th to the 18th round of the Road Racing World Championship before arriving at Losail International Circuit in Qatar to participate in this important race, the final round of the Asia Road Racing Championship. People are interested in the Azlan’s performance because he had raced in the different circumstances, working with different team and riding the different machine. Besides Azlan, Makoto Tamada also came back from the injury suffering at Suzuka 8-hours and would participate in the final round, although he was far from the perfect condition yet.

Azlan showed his pace and broke the record of Ryuichi Kiyonari, the defending champion and was Azlan’s team mate in the practice session. But Azlan was not satisfied with his riding, because he thought he could not change the style of Moto2 completely. In the qualifying session, Zamri Baba (Yamaha), Broc John Parkes (Yamaha) of wild card who had raced in the World Superbike Championship, Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki) and Azlan were competed and Azlan took the 4th pole position in the season.  azlanshah2

In Race 1, Azlan demonstrated his pace again and went forward actively to lead the race. He started to run away from the pack and came home with enough advantage. Azlan increased the gap to Fujiwara who came second, so the title would be given to him if he got 0.5 more points in Race 2. Tomoyoshi Koyama (NTS JAPAN T.Pro. Innovation) was 8th, his team mate Satoru Iwata was 9th, Ryuta Kobayashi (MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia) came 11th and Tamada finished the race in 20th place.

Race 2 was held with 13 laps, because it was reduced after the crash in the warm up laps. However only needed the 0.5 points, Azlan pushed hard and joined the top battle between Parkes, Fujiwara and Baba. The top 4 changed positions at corners several times from the early stages. Parkes added momentum and pushed hard Azlan in the end of the race, but Azlan managed to keep him behind and crossed the line to take the winning. The gap only 0.180 seconds between him. Followed was Fujiwara and Baba. Koyama came 8th, Kobayashi 9th, Iwata 15th and Tamada came 19th.

Azlan took the 12 podiums consecutively and took the title for the first time for Malasian in 12 years. Asia Road Racing rookie, Koyama and Kobayashi got 5th and 6th in the championship. Tamada was 8th, Iwata finished the season in 13th place.

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