Filipino rider Tadachi tops Days 1 of Asia Dream Cup Sepang Test.
Date posted on April 1, 2015
A Filipino rider finished fastest after Day 1 of the 2015 Honda Asia Dream Cup, a historical first in ADC competition. Koko Masaharu Tadachi from Taytay Rizal, finished fastest with a time of 1:22.168s after a full day of testing at the Sepang International Circuit North Track in Malaysia. Second was Japanese Hiroki Nakamura and third was Malaysian Hafiz Nor Azman. The other Filipino rider and first timer Robert Matthew Ramos , was 13th after sitting in the top 10 in the earlier sessions on his very first day in Asia Dream Cup competition. It was an impressive performance for the ADC rookie who rode the CBR250 and the Sepang track for the first time today.
Tadachi sent a message to IR, “Masarap po sa pakiramdam sir Al! Nakaka wala po ng pagod at hindi po nasasayang mga pinag hirapan. Mas nag improve lang po ngayun ang ride ko.. dati po kasi medyo hirap pa sa mga positioning sa mga racing lines. Pero ngayun po medyo nagiging okay na po sir Al. Nag papasalamat po ako sa Honda Philippines, sir Lloyd Garces at sa MTRT Philippines, Mr. Henson Hu sa walang sawang pag suporta at sa mga mechanic po naming . Sa family ko po sa mga fans thank you po!”
“ Koko is doing fine we are still looking for the best setting and improve riding position while Matthew is familiarizing the track and the bike he find the best setting on fp3. Sayang lang Yung FP3, kasi umulan tapos uminit kaya hindi naka oras nang maayos kasi naka wet tires. Tomorrowm we will try to hit 1:21, the best time. Record of Koko last year,” said Honda’s sir Lloyd Garces.
Both Tadachi and Ramos are graduates of the local MTRT Clinics, Honda One Make Races and both are also champions in MotoIR2 and IRGP Junior’s Trophy.
The 2015 Honda Asia Dream Cup is part of the Asia Road Racing Championships (ARRC) and fields rider from Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia,China, Philippines , India, Nepal and Singapore. The first race is on April 16-19 in Sepang, Malaysia using race prepared Honda CBR250. Photos: Henson Hu and Lloyd Garces