ARRC Japan Andi Gilang Makes History ARRC Japan

MRN – In a race that will be remembered for years to come, Andi Farid Izdihar, also known as Andi Gilang, achieved a remarkable feat at Race 2 of the Asia Superbike 1000cc (ASB1000) during the ARRC Japan 2023 round on Sunday (June 25, 2023).

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Starting from the 9th position on the grid, the 25-year-old Indonesian rider from Bulukumba, South Sulawesi, embarked on an extraordinary journey.

Andi Gilang’s start to the race was less than smooth, as he initially dropped to 11th place. However, displaying great determination, he steadily made progress throughout the race.

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As the laps went by, three of the leading riders, Haruki Noguchi, Kasma Danial Kasmayudin, and Takuma Kunimine, encountered difficulties and fell behind. Meanwhile, the race leader, Markus Reiterberger, continued to extend his lead.

In the end, Andi Gilang crossed the finish line in an impressive 2nd place in Race 2 of the ASB1000 at the ARRC Japan 2023 round.

Following closely behind, his teammate from Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA, Zaqhwan Zaidi, secured the 3rd position.

This outstanding achievement marked a historic moment, as Andi Gilang became the first Indonesian rider to step onto the podium in the ASB1000 class of the ARRC championship.

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Previously, in the ARRC 2022 season, Gerry Salim was the only Indonesian rider in the Asia Superbike class who had never experienced a podium finish.

Reflecting on his performance, Andi Gilang shared his thoughts in a post-race interview.

“I had a good performance during FP1, but a crash in FP2 shattered my confidence, especially during the qualifying session,” he said. “At the beginning of the race, I was competing with a large group at the front. I lost several positions in turn one, but slowly started to regain them,” he added.

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“This is a great race for us, for me and Zaqhwan, and I’m extremely happy,” Andi Gilang concluded. The outstanding results also meant that the Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA team achieved a double podium finish.

With his exceptional performance, Andi Gilang currently holds the 4th position in the ASB1000 class standings of the ARRC 2023 championship, amassing 81 points.

The top spot in the standings is occupied by Markus Reiterberger, who has accumulated 118 points.

The next round of the ARRC 2023 championship will take place at the Mandalika Circuit in Indonesia from August 11-13, 2023.

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