July 12, 2018
Hendra Takes Second Straight Pole and Rises in Points Standings
The four Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge riders were all fully involved in what was a spectacular race during Round 6 of the 2018 FIM Supersport 300 World Championship at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli this weekend. Galang Hendra Pratama led the Yamaha charge in qualifying to secure his second successive pole position, eventually bringing his R3 home in 7th place.
The 19-year-old Indonesian rider briefly led the 13-lap race on Sunday, but was eventually caught and passed by a pack of riders frantically battling for position at every turn. Finishing the race in 7th position, this moved him up from 8th to 6th in the championship standings with 52 points.
Galang Hendra Pratama (7th)
"Qualifying was perfect and I was able to secure my second pole position in a row. I finished the race in 7th position and that was very important for the championship standings. In the race, the temperature was very hot and I tried to stay with the top group and managed to cross the line in 7th, which I was happy with after such a great battle. Thank you to Yamaha, my team and all my sponsors, I will do my best to be back on the podium at the next race in Portimao!"