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Team Suzuki Press Office – December 4.

Indonesian Jefri Tosema increased his lead in the SUZUKI ASIAN CHALLENGE series after an exciting first day at the final round at Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand on Saturday.

With six riders in the chase for the title, Race 1 was anticipated to be an exciting one and saw the leading contenders – all riding the new 2016 Suzuki F150 machines fighting for top positions. At the start, #14 Arsyad Rusydi from Singapore took the lead, but as race moved on, the leaders changed at virtually every corner, but unfortunately series points-leader, #12 Rozaliman Zakaria (Malaysia), crashed out.

The nose-to-tail battle continued until the final corner of the last lap, with 10 riders going for the win, but it was #20 Tosema who took his first lead of the race at this corner and won the race, making him the new points-leader. #5 Jagan Kumar (India) came in second, while #30 Rizal Feriyadi (Indonesia) rounded-out the podium finishers.

With one more race to go, there are still three riders in the title chase. Tosema now leads the chase with 152 points, #87 Muhammad Sapril (Indonesia) is in second with 130 points and Rozaliman is 3rd place with 127 points.

Point Ranking (after Race 1):

1. #20 Jefri Tosema (Indonesia) 152
2. #87 Muhammad Sapril (Indonesia) 130
3. #12 Rozaliman Zakaria (Malaysia) 127
4. #22 Eane Jaye Solacito Sobretodo (Philippines) 105
5. #43 April King Mascardo (Philippines) 97
6. #30 Rizal Feriyadi (Indonesia) 95

#20 Jefri Tosema - Race 1 Winner:

“I worked out and lost weight to be ready for the final round. My rival, Rozaliman is way lighter than me, so I did what I could do to get back that disadvantage. I kept my position between third and fifth, because taking the lead will just allow other riders to use me as their slip stream. With this win, I am now closer to clinching the title. I hope I can do this again tomorrow.”

Yukio Kagayama – SAC General Manager:

“The best lap is three seconds faster than last year and the average is four seconds faster, so we proved once again that the new Satria F150 has a higher performance than its old model. The title contenders showed us a good race as we expected. I am sorry that Rozaliman had to crash out. Tomorrow is the final race of the season and I wish to see every rider remembers what he has learned throughout the season; and show us their best performance of the season.”

Shunji Yatsushiro - Rider Coach:

“The riders are faster than when we were here in May, with two riders in the 2'13s, so it did become a high-level qualifying, so we expected see the same high level of racing in Race 1. The riders were calm and attentive during the race. The leading pack, which consisted of 11 riders, showed us an exciting race and was fun to watch. I want to congratulate the podium finishers for a great race.”


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