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Tamada qualifies 5th despite crash
photo by Shigeto Kawakami

photo by Shigeto Kawakami

Makoto Tamada qualified 5th in the Qualification Practice of the 2nd round of the Asia Road Racing Championship held at Sentul International Circuit in Indonesia.

Tamada jumped to the top position in his 2nd lap of the qualification with a lap time of 1’30.739.  Tamada further went into his 3rd lap, flying with his personal best in each sector.  But his challenge lap ended at the final corner, when his front tires slid and made him crash.

He was able to ride his bike back to the pit box, and the mechanics worked hard to fix the damage.  The team was able to fix it with 10 minutes left in the session.  Tamada had to change back his settings to race mode, because the tires he kept for qualifying was not useable.  He was not able to improve his time in the 3rd lap, and but still managed to qualify 5th.

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