ARRC 2019 Stage 2: Vietnamese Cao reaches regional level

“If I fall on the racetrack, that fall doesn’t become fear, it plants seeds of strength.”

This is a saying that Cao Vietnam, a driver of Honda Racing Vietnam (HRV) shared before competing in the AP250 category Stage 2 of the 2019 ARRC Asian Motorcycle Racing Season at The Bend Motorsport Park, Australia .

And indeed, the strength of The Mad #65 (Cao Vietnam’s nickname) was clearly shown with 8 points obtained at the end of Race 1 and Race 2 of Stage 2. A proud result of ” Crazy Guy” as well as the entire Honda Racing Vietnam team.

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Through the first two stages of the 2019 ARRC season, Cao Vietnam and Honda Racing Vietnam have made great progress.

Thus, through the first 2 races of the ARRC 2019 season, “Crazy Guy” and Honda Racing Vietnam have won 18, a great progress for The Mad as well as the entire HRV team.

The fall sows the seeds of strength

Remember last year, The Bend Motorsport Park did not bring good memories for Cao Vietnam when he first competed here, “Crazy Guy” slipped and fell in the qualifying race. This incident caused him to be greatly affected psychologically and unable to show anything during the official race.

However, The Bend racetrack is also a place to evaluate the “transformation” in Honda’s tactical thinking and playing style. Since this competition in the 2018 ARRC season, Cao Vietnam has taken more care. for tactical calculations in addition to cultivating technical abilities. The main evidence is the scores in Stage 4 (India) and Stage 6 (Thailand) last year.

ARRC 2019 Stage 2: Vietnamese Cao reaches the high-viet-nam-round-2-021.jpgThe Bend racetrack is also a place to evaluate the “transformation” in Honda’s tactical thinking and playing style.

Positive signs continued to be shown in the 2019 ARRC season when in the opening leg in Sepang (Malaysia), Cao Vietnam won 10 points and entered the top 10 best riders of the leg, completing his goal. which the whole team set for #65 this season.

Meanwhile, in stage 1 of the Thailand Talent Cup 2019 (TTC 2019), the race is considered a “test dose” and a practice opportunity for the riders, Cao Vietnam excelled in winning 7th place overall. , the highest result he has ever achieved at an international race. This is not only meaningful in terms of “encouragement”, but above all, “Crazy Guy” seems to be gradually finding the right formula to win.

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Reach out to the region

From the encouraging results in stage 1 of TTC 2019, Cao Vietnam and the whole team flew to Australia with the goal of “destroying” The Bend. Stage 2 of ARRC 2019 does not organize the UB150 category. This creates certain advantages. First, the team will have more time to perfect the techniques for the UB150s, which were newly designed and put into use for the first time this season. Second, the whole team will focus on Cao Vietnam’s performance. .

ARRC 2019 Stage 2: Vietnamese Cao reaches out to the region thebendmotorsportpark.pngThe Bend Motorsport Park racetrack with 18 turns.

The Bend Motorsport Park is a new racetrack that has been in use for the second year and stage 2 of ARRC 2019 takes place on a 4,989km long track with 18 turns. It’s easy to see that with a length of less than 5km and up to 18 turns, this is a real challenge for any racer’s technique.

ARRC 2019 Stage 2: Vietnam Cao reaches the region of Cao-viet-nam-round-2-02.jpgCao Vietnam and the Honda Racing Vietnam technical team at The Bend

And Cao Vietnam is no exception. Number 65 of Honda Racing Vietnam shared that the continuous turns and slopes will cause many difficulties for riders, especially turns 7,8,9,10 and 13,14,15,16.

On qualifying race day, Cao Vietnam ranked 17/24, a position that did not really satisfy the HRV racer. “Crazy Guy” could have started better, but a slight tactical mistake prevented number 65 from getting the desired position.

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Right after the qualifying race ended, the whole team urgently met to discuss the most feasible strategies for Cao Vietnam on the official race day. Each plan is set out such as finding empty space to overtake right at the start, identifying main opponents or speeding up in the final laps.

ARRC 2019 Stage 2: Vietnam Cao reaches the high-Vietnam-round-2-019.jpg regionIn Race 1, “Crazy Guy” finished 11th, winning 5 points.

Thanks to “thoughtful planning”, Cao Viet Nam achieved good results right in Race 1. Stubbornness, skillful calculation combined with favorable weather helped HRV’s racer reach the finish line in first place. Tri Tri 11/24, close to the top 10, “pocketed” another 5 points.

Entering Race 2, “Crazy Guy” still maintained a good fighting spirit, but the weather changed and strong winds somewhat affected number 65 and he finished in 13th place out of 24 riders, winning 3 more points. .

ARRC 2019 Stage 2: Vietnam Cao reaches the high-Vietnam-round-2-010.jpg region Meanwhile, in Race 2, No. 65 got 3 more points when finishing 13th.

When interviewed in English by the commentator of The Bend Motorsport Park right before competing in Race 2, Cao Vietnam tried to answer in the same language, a testament to the confidence coming from the Honda Racing Vietnam driver. . He shared: “I’m really happy that this year I competed better than last year and can compete fairly with some riders.”

Thus, after stage 2 in Australia, Cao Vietnam and Honda Racing Vietnam got 18 points in the AP250 category. In the individual rankings, “Crazy Guy” ranked 12/27 riders, while the HRV team held position 7/15.

ARRC 2019 Stage 2: Vietnamese Cao reaches the region arrc2019-round2-01.pngCao Vietnam’s rankings after the first 2 stages of the ARRC 2019 season.

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The progress of number 65 through each stage combined with the assertion “I will never be satisfied if I am not the winner” is a signal that one day soon, the Vietnamese national anthem will be heard on the arena. international racing. Certainly so!

ARRC 2019 Stage 2: Vietnam Cao reaches the high-Vietnam-round-2-012.jpg regionNumber 65 is increasingly improving itself and will definitely go far.

Let’s follow and continue to cheer for Cao Vietnam and the entire Honda Racing Vietnam team in stage 3 taking place at Chang International Raceway (Thailand) from May 31 to June 2.

4banhteam (forum.autodaily.vn)

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