LEWIS CORNISH CROWNED AS 2017 FIM ASIA SUPERMOTO CHAMPION

Simon Vilhelmsen, SuperMoto World Championship No. 4 showcased spectacular finale racing but Lewis Cornish’s consistency earns him the overall title. 

Simon Vilhelmsen

United Kingdom’s Lewis Cornish and Thailand’s Trakarn Thangthong won the season’s Open International Class and Asian Class of the 2017 FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship respectively. However, home rider Khairi Zakaria stole the limelight with a grand closure to a solid win of Moto 2 last Sunday.

Khairi Zakaria

“This feeling is amazing. It was a tough race especially with Simon, Khairi, Trakarn and Habibullah in the track, but all I have to do is to maintain my pace and I will take the championship title. I will return next season if everything permits,” said Lewis.

Simon Vilhelmsen of Denmark, took holeshot in Moto 1 with Lewis following closely behind. The world No. 4 ranked supermoto racer crashed on the fourth and eighth lap that made way for Lewis, Trakarn and Khairi to lead the race. However, he redeemed his mistakes on the 22nd lap to once again lead the pack and steal the pole position for Moto 2.

Trakarn Thangthong

“The weather was too hot and I lost focus after every mistake. The only thing that went through my mind after I recalibrated my mood was only to win the race. I am really happy with the outcome and hope to remain the same for Moto 2.”

Malaysia’s Khairi Zakaria’s performance was also tempered by the scorching weather in Moto 1 that gave Trakarn a wider lead in the Asian Class chart. “I was disappointed that I made a mistake and fell. I was a little exhausted and dehydrated, but hope that I can reclaim my position in Moto 2.”

On the other hand, Thailand’s Trakarn Thangthong remained calm and consistent throughout the race, but admitted that Simon was a threat when he caught up. “I almost lost my balance because Simon suddenly appeared on my left at one of the tight corners. I was shocked and allowed him to pass.”

Lewis vomited the moment he got off his bike after Moto 1. He was seen cooling himself off with a massage to his arms and said that the difficult track strained his muscles. “I was disappointed with my performance in Moto 1. I will do better in the final race this season and ensure my Open International Class championship title.”

However, Moto 2 was a show stopper when Simon crashed after taking the holeshot, making way for Khairi and Habibullah to lead the race. The Malaysians worked together because Habibullah knew that his responsibility was for Khairi to win, and blocked Simon and Lewis from pursuing the front-runner for 10 minutes until he crashed. But it was too late for Simon and Lewis to catch-up as they were nearly four seconds behind Khairi.

“I am very happy to wave the Malaysian flag at the closing race today. It was difficult because I could still feel the pain from the accumulated injury throughout the race, but I knew what I had to do – to speed off and win the second race.”

Trakarn who fell off from the pack since the first bottleneck corner admitted that he made a few mistakes, but managed to stabilize the situation. He improved his position to the fifth and won the Asian Class by 8 points ahead of Khairi.

“It was a difficult situation but I cannot complain. I did my best and I am very happy with the results.”

United Kingdom’s Lewis Cornish wins the season’s Open International Class with a total of 212 points while Thailand’s Trakarn Thangthong steals the Asian Class with a total of 211 points. Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Khairi Zakaria holds a total of 181 points and 203 points in the Open International Class and Asian Class respectively.

 

Moto 1:

Pos No. National Name Laps Best Time Total Time
1 64 DEN SIMON VILHELMSEN 26 47.611 21:59.943
2 8 GBR LEWIS CORNISH 26 47.855 22:03.562
3 5 THA TRAKARN THANGTHONG 26 48.326 22:10.755
4 32 MAS KHAIRI ZAKARIA 26 48.157 22:13.127
5 1 MAS MUHD HABIBULLAH 26 48.880 22:23.234
6 101 JPN TAKASHI SASAKI 26 49.101 22:29.012
7 2 JPN MAKOTO ARAI 26 49.545 22:47.490
8 300 JPN NAOTO TAKAYAMA 25 49.312 22:11.326
9 77 SGP HASROY OSMAN 25 50.697 22:27.624
10 97 RUS ARTEM TESLENKO 25 50.633 22:27.260
11 7 INA PEDRO WUNER 24 52.843 22:43.141
12 27 CHN SUN TONG 24 53.192 22:51.673
13 40 TWN LEE WEI 23 52.940 22:01.214
14 720 TWN LIN CHIN PEI 23 53.195 22:26.018
15 102 HKG TSANG WAI KEI 20 54.879 22:05.800

 

Moto 2:

Pos No. National Name Laps Best Time Total Time
1 32 MAS KHAIRI ZAKARIA 26 48.006 21:40.581
2 64 DEN SIMON VILHELMSEN 26 47.645 21:43.134
3 8 GBR LEWIS CORNISH 26 47.950 21:48.959
4 1 MAS MUHD HABIBULLAH 26 47.983 21:57.357
5 5 THA TRAKARN THANGTHONG 26 48.545 21:58.793
6 101 JPN TAKASHI SASAKI 26 48.758 21:58.920
7 2 JPN MAKOTO ARAI 26 49.122 22:25.547
8 97 RUS ARTEM TESLENKO 25 50.792 22:15.021
9 77 SGP HASROY OSMAN 25 49.996 22:29.005
10 7 INA PEDRO WUNER 24 51.816 22:21.588
11 27 CHN SUN TONG 24 52.637 22:22.519
12 720 TWN LIN CHIN PEI 23 53.360 22:01.425
13 40 TWN LEE WEI 23 53.123 22:11.145
14 102 HKG TSANG WAI KEI 22 54.679 22:05.011
DNF 300 JPN NAOTO TAKAYAMA 5 50.150 4:50.858

 

Top 5 Overall Standing Points – Open International Class

  • Lewis Cornish – 212 points
  • Trakarn Thangthong – 187 points
  • Khairi Zakaria – 181 points
  • Muhd Habibullah – 127 points
  • Takashi Sasaki – 118 points

 

Top 5 Overall Standing Points – Asian Class

  • Trakarn Thangthong – 211 points
  • Khairi Zakaria – 203 points
  • Muhd Habibullah – 147 points
  • Takashi Sasaki – 136 points
  • Naoto Takayama – 121 points

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