The 9th Yamaha ASEAN Cup Race 2012, a One Make race championship from Yamaha Motor Co., concluded yesterday at the SM City Santa Rosa in the Philippines.
The team from Thailand emerged as the winner of this year’s championship. A total of 45 motorcycle riders from India(3), Philippines(10), Thailand(10), Indonesia(10), Japan(2) & Malaysia(10) competed against each other for the top prize at a specially prepared 1,025 meter long race course at the SM Santa Rosa, Laguna.
The 9th Yamaha ASEAN cup race was divided in to two categories- MT Class & AT Class.
Each of these Class comprised of both Novice Riders and Mixed Experts. The race machine for the MT Class was the T135 premium sports moped and the AL125 was the AT Class machine.
This year, the winners of the YZF-R15 One Make Race Championship held in India, represented India Yamaha Motor at the Yamaha ASEAN Cup 2012. All the three Indian contestants namely Mr. Shankar Sridharan, Mr M. Sudhakar & Mr Arun Muthukrishnan competed in the MT class. Mr. Shankar Sridharan achieved 18th Rank in the overall results of the Yamaha ASEAN cup race 2012. The YZF R15 Race held in India in 2012 was divided into 5 rounds and was organized in association with the Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC) and the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) and was a part of the Indian National Racing Championship 2012.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jun Nakata, Director – Sales and Marketing, India Yamaha Motor, said, “The Yamaha ASEAN Cup Race is Yamaha’s way of providing a huge platform for racers from various Asian countries to come together and realize & reinforce the spirit of challenge, excitement & culture of Motor Sports in Asia. It has been our constant endeavor to provide a dream to young Yamaha riders wherein they also get an opportunity to realize them and during this process touch many more lives and inspire them to share their dreams. The Yamaha ASEAN cup is a test of both man & machine and we hope that further Asian countries will join us in celebrating the spirit of Motorsports at Yamaha.”
T135 (MT Class machine)
The race machine for the MT Class was the T135 premium sports moped. Released in the autumn of 2005, this model was developed under the concept of “a fusion of high performance and fashion” represented by the keyword “Performal” (a combination of performance and formal). As Yamaha’s flagship moped model, it boasts exclusive Yamaha technologies in its liquid-cooled 4-stroke 135cc engine with a DiASil cylinder and lightweight forged aluminum piston.
The current model was updated with a new 5-speed transmission to bring out the full potential of the engine’s broad power band, disc brakes for the front and rear (keeping the front disc brake of the existing model) and other new features. These improvements along with fresh and more innovative styling throughout the machine took its sporty performance to a new level and won it strong popularity as the moped market leader.
AL125 (AT Class machine)
For this year’s new AT Class, the race machine is the AL125 sporty premium commuter model.
Like the T135, the AL125 features exclusive Yamaha technologies in its liquid-cooled 4-stroke 125cc high compression ratio engine with CVT and a DiASil cylinder, lightweight forged aluminum piston and more. As a lightweight, compact, easy-to-ride automatic transmission model with ease of leg reach to the ground, this model is popular among young people and a broad demographic of users thanks to benefits such as its ease of use, good storage capacity, economy and environmentally friendly performance, sharp, sporty styling and the light, lively and agile feeling of its ride.