Published on April 22nd, 2018 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Ramdan Clinches First Asian Podium
Malaysian rider Mohd Ramdan Mohd Rosli served up a surprise when he clinched his first Asian podium at Round 2 of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship at The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia last weekend.
The Team Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia rider finished third behind fellow marquee-mates Yuki Ito and Ratthapong Wilairot in the SuperSports 600cc Race 2. Ramdan started the race from 10th on the grid but slowly climbed his way up to P3 by Lap 4. The race was shortened from the original 15 laps to 8 laps following yet another red flag incident. It was a hard-fought achievement for Ramdan who had to fight Ratthapong Wilairot and Azroy Hakeem Anuar for P3 every step of the way. Ramdan made it across the finish line in 15’49.587s.
“I would like to thank my team for their hard work, and for giving me the opportunity to race again in the Asian arena. I truly did not expect to get results so quickly but I am very happy to have the chance to showcase my abilities again,” said Ramdan.
The Malaysian rider is enjoying a renaissance of sorts in his racing career. Left without a ride in 2017, Ramdan was picked up by team PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor as their fourth rider in the Malaysian Cub Prix Championship. His strong performance on the national arena led to the offer from the Team Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia to be a part of their 600cc Asian squad.
Race 1 on Saturday was deemed cancelled due to several racing incidents that brought out two red flags.
In the Asia Production 250cc class, Ahmad Afif Amran completed the race in eighth while the race was won by Astra Honda Racing Team trio Rheza Danica Ahrens, Mario Suryo Aji and Awhin Sanjaya.
Finally, Uma Racing Yamaha Maju Motor Team Asia also celebrated a full-house in the Underbone 150cc category when Mohd Haziq Mohd Fairues, wildcard Mckinley Kyle Paz and Mohd Akid Aziz made a clean-sweep of the underbone podium.