November 28 (Saturday) Qualifying
Photo from the second qualifying session of the Novice Class
After this morning's free practice, there is lunch and then the two official qualifying sessions in the afternoon.
The fastest qualifier in the Novice Class with a time of 59.557 seconds in the first session is Kannasoot Sitthisena of the Thai team, and fastest in the Expert Class with the only time under 59 seconds is Sigit. PD of the Indonesian team. These two riders win their class pole positions.
November 29 (Sunday) Race Day
Heat one of the Novice Class race
The winners' podium after heat one of the Expert Class race
The rain begun to fall in the second heat of the Novice Class race
In the last stages of the Expert Class race the rain was so heavy
The Sentul Circuit is located in the city of Bogor, which is also known as the "city of rain." But the morning of race day was blessed with fair skies. Under the scorching tropical sun, the spectator stands were nearly full when the morning warm-up session began shortly after 9:00 am.
The final race was run as always in a two-heat format with each heat consisting of 15 laps. At the start of the 1st heat of the Novice Class race, it was yesterday's 3rd-place qualifier, Indonesia's Anggi Permana (#158), who got the hole shot to lead through the first turn. However, on lap 11, the pole starter Kannasoot Sitthisena (#41) of Thailand took the lead and raced on to finish the heat in 1st place. In 2nd place came Anggi (#158) and in 3rd came Thailand's Jirawut Ratsamee (#49).
Next the first heat of the Expert Class race was run. Here, it was Hafizh Syahrin (#26) of the Malaysian team that got the best start, only to take a fall on the 3rd lap. It was a group of Indonesian riders that took over the lead after that and the pole starter Sigit. PD (#63) of Indonesia eventually won this heat. Finishing 2nd came Indonesia's Hokky Krisdianto (#57) and in 3rd came Thailand's Thitipong Warokorn (#1).
Prior to the start of the second heat of the Novice Class race at 2:00 in the afternoon, the clouds overhead hinted of rain, and as feared, the rain began to fall just before the start. The race started in wet conditions and it was once again Anggi (#158) who led the pack into the first corner. Soon, the race developed into a battle between three Indonesian riders, with Yoga Adi Permana (#115) and Asep Maulana (#119) joining in. Eventually the raced finished with Yoga (#115) 1st, followed by Anggi (#158) and Asep (#119) in that order. This result gave the Indonesian team a sweep of the winners' podium. The overall Novice Class victory went to Anggi (#158), having finished 2nd in both races.
Next came the second heat of the Expert Class race. With the rain affecting everyone on the track, it was three Indonesian riders who led the race from early stages to finish in the order of Hokky (#57), Sigit. PD (#63) and Florianus Roy (#92). By finishing 2nd in the first heat and 1st in heat two, Hokky (#57) was crowned overall Expert Class winner for the second time, having also won in 2007.
In the Opening Ceremony before the start of the day's racing, the spectators and riders were thrilled by a special appearance by Yamaha's young MotoGP star Jorge Lorenzo, who came riding onto the track on a new Jupiter-Z model, which is the current sensation of the Indonesian motorcycle market. In his pre-race speech, Lorenzo told the ASEAN riders that he hoped they would train hard every day to become top riders as he had done.
As the Opening Ceremony continued, the crowd was treated next to a special exhibition of trial riding by the Narita brothers Takumi and Ryo. The spectators were clearly impressed by the bold aggressiveness and highly skilled precision of their Trial riding.
All in all it was a big event centered on motorcycle racing where the guest riders, spectators and participating riders were brought together under the banner of the Yamaha brand.
That night, after all the racing was over, the Awards Ceremony and Farewell Party were held and the same participants who had been rivals in the daytime were now friends congratulating each other and promising to meet again at next year's ASEAN CUP RACE.