April 16, 2018
Galang Takes 16th in Tough WSSP300 Season-Opener
The Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge riders fought valiantly throughout the opening round of the 2018 FIM Supersport 300 World Championship despite being denied a level playing field due to the FIM and Dorna - the series organiser - not being able to balance out the performance levels of the different manufacturers on the grid. Despite this, the bLU cRU riders were still able to show good promise with Galang Hendra Pratama demonstrating sensational pace all weekend, before finishing the race in 16th.
Leading the bLU cRU charge through the weekend was 19-year-old Galang Hendra Pratama(Yamaha Pata | Semakin di Depan | Biblion Motoxracing Team) who ended Friday's Practice in 10th overall to make him the only Yamaha rider to make it through to SP2.
The 2017 wildcard Jerez race winner qualified in 11th for Sunday's race and despite being at such a speed and power disadvantage, he battled in the top ten during the race before a small mistake saw him lost touch with the leading group. Recovering superbly, he continued to battle hard right to the line to secure 16th place.
To show just how quick Galang Hendra was, his best time from the weekend - set during the race - was a 2:09.939, which was over 4 seconds quicker than the best time set by a Yamaha R3 during last season's race (2:14.050), despite the fact he was on identical machinery.