Champion, Katsuaki Fujiwara made clear of his determination to defend the PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) SuperSports 600cc crown having wrapped up the pre-season test on top of the timesheets at the Sepang International Circuit, today.

Despite the scorching heat, the Manual Tech BEET Kawasaki Racing completed 47 laps in total during the three test sessions before breaking his own lap-record of 1’06.538s from last season to replace it with 1’05.924s followed by Mohd Zamri Baba (PETRONAS Yamaha Malaysia) second fastest with 1’06.461s.


The 2011 PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) came to an epic end with senior, Katsuaki Fujiwara and rookie, Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah scoring a chequered flag each at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar today.

Although safely crowned 2011 SuperSports 600cc Overall Champion, Fujiwara of Manual Tech BEET Kawasaki Racing did not hold back as he went all out to secure his eight consecutive victory for the season in Race 1. However, it was far from an easy outing for the 36-year old.

Still not fully recovered from his fever, Fujiwara found himself overpowered in the early parts of the race by rookie, Hafizh of PETRONAS Syntium Moto Yamaha Raceline and compatriot, Mohd Zamri Baba (PETRONAS Yamaha Malaysia).

The trio went toe-to-toe with Hafizh leading the pack for most parts of the race but come lap 13, hewas forced to pace-down following issues with the rear suspensions.