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Wijaya looking for third 115cc Asian title.

Indonesia's Hadi Wijaya in action at the Losail International Circuit during 2012 season. By Sports Reporter/Doha Indonesia's seasoned Underbone 115cc campaigner Hadi Wijaya will be aiming for an unprecedented third Underbone 115cc Asian Champion title as the 2013 PETRONAS FIM Asia Road Racing Championship wraps up its season finale at the Losail International Circuit here tomorrow. Currently, with a 30-point advantage at the top of the championship rankings, Wijaya's closest competitor is Malaysian rider Ahmad Afif Amran, who arrives in Qatar fresh from winning the CP115 title in the Malaysian national championship (PETRONAS M Malaysian Cub Prix Championship) a week back. However, the huge points' gap means that even if Amran were to win both the races at Losail, all Hadi needs is to finish within the top five to seal the deal. The 2013 season has been tough on the Indonesian rider. Unlike last year when he won his second title with seven wins out of 12 races, in 2013, Wijaya has only managed two wins out of ten races so far. "The game has certainly changed a lot and everyone is so much more competitive," he said. Nevertheless, the experienced rider who has weathered countless title campaigns knows that championship crowns are won by consistent strong results. Although he has only chalked up two wins this year, he has finished on the podium eight times this year, the highest this season. On the other hand, the Best Team Award in the Underbone 115cc class may land in the hands of Malaysia-based team Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing. After five rounds, team SCK has picked up 194 points, leading Wijaya's R9 Racing Team by 14 points. The points system for the Team Awards in the PETRONAS FIM Asia Road Racing Championship is amassed through the points picked up by each individual team's best performing rider in every race. Team SCK's three riders -- Norizman Ismail, Affendi Rosli and rookie rider Kazuki Masaki -- have all scored wins this season. Meanwhile, the defending champion team R9 rely heavily on Wijaya to pick up the majority of their points. Should SCK succeed in their quest to win the Underbone 115cc Team Award trophy, this will be one of the rare times that the awards are split with the rider's award going one way, and the team award going another.

Gulf Times Newspaper 2013

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