May 30, 2018
Galang Takes His Second Top-10 Finishn
At Round 4 of the 2018 FIM Supersport 300 World Championship at Donington Park, Galang Hendra Pratama (Yamaha Pata | Semakin di Depan | Biblion Motoxracing Team) led the Yamaha charge, finishing Sunday's race in ninth in his first visit to the UK circuit.
The 19-year-old Indonesian was on fire on Friday, despite a crash on his out-lap in FP1 that saw him miss the entire session. Making up for lost time in FP2, he ended Friday in a sensational second place on the combined timesheets, but a technical issue with his quickshifter during SP2 had meant that he could only qualify in 11th on the grid for Sunday's race. The man from Yogyakarta was being cheered on by thousands of his passionate Indonesian fans, speaking to them live via video first and then the WorldSSP300 race broadcast on a big screen at the Yamaha Indonesia booth at the Pekan Raya in Jakarta.
Determined to put on a show for his loyal supporters, when the lights went out he had a tricky start and dropped down to 14th during the early stages of the race. Fighting back hard and showing true Semakin di Depan spirit, Galang passed rider after rider and showed excellent consistency at a track he had never ridden before FP1 on Friday. Battling all the way to the checkered flag, he crossed the line in ninth as the leading Yamaha to record his second top-ten finish in 2018 and secure seven championship points. This sees Galang now 12th in the overall standings with 18 points after five races and leading the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge.
The action will continue again at Round 5 of the 2018 WorldSSP300 Championship at Brno in the Czech Republic on the 8th-10th of June.
Galang Hendra Pratama (9th)
"Today in the race I started from 11th because yesterday I had a technical issue during SP2. During the race, I tried to reach the top group but the other bikes were simply too fast compared to mine. I am now focused on the next race in Brno where I will do my best to fight at the front!"