Veda Sets Perfect Record for ATC Champion Title
Veda Ega Pratama perfected the 2023 Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup title by setting two new records in the racing event that has been running since 2015.
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JAKARTA, KOMPAS - Veda Ega Pratama closed the 2023 season with two new records in the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup, as a rider with the highest number of points and victories. The records he set in the final series in Lusail, Qatar, enhanced the championship title that he had already secured earlier in Sepang, Malaysia, two weeks ago. The achievement became a new source of motivation for Veda to keep shaping himself to realize his big dream of becoming a MotoGP rider.
The rider from Astra Honda Motor finished the 2023 Asia Talent Cup (ATC) with a record-breaking 256 points in this Asian rider development event which has been running since 2015. Veda also set a new record as the first rider to win nine races in a season. In fact, Veda also swept the victories in three series in Motegi, Japan; Mandalika, Indonesia; and Lusail, Qatar. This is a very solid performance because throughout the season he only failed to finish in the top three times.
The young racer, who will turn 15 on November 23, had a solid performance in his last race. Starting in pole position in the first race, Veda immediately took off, but was unable to shake off the other racers. He engaged in a fierce competition with two Japanese racers, Ryota Ogiwara and Amon Odaki, until the final lap.
However, Odaki fell in the last corner, resulting in Shinya Ezawa taking the third position. Meanwhile, Ogiwara finished in second place with a time difference of 0.094 seconds to Veda.
The competition between Veda, Ogiwara, and Odaki once again repeated in the second race on Sunday (19/11/2023). Veda had to fight very hard to achieve the ninth victory of the season against Ogiwara. In the last lap, Ogiwara launched an attack in the last corner so that the winner of the race was determined in the final moment towards the finish line. Veda won very narrowly, only 0.010 seconds ahead of Ogiwara. The third position was occupied by Odaki who finished second in the final standings with 153 points.
Veda won very narrowly, only 0.010 seconds over Ogiwara.
”Alhamdulillah, I managed to achieve victory in two races of the IATC final series. It was a difficult race because the riders in the front group kept trying to take the lead. However, I was able to maintain my composure until I finally finished first," said Veda.
"I dedicate this victory to the people of Indonesia to close out IATC 2023. Thank you to PT Astra Honda Motor for their support during my two years of participation in IATC, my parents, and of course the entire Indonesian community, who always support me. I hope to continue achieving for Indonesia in the international racing arena," said the racer from Gunung Kidul, DI Yogyakarta.
Veda is actually ready to compete in the FIM JuniorGP event, which is a world championship for junior Moto3. However, she is still limited by her age, as the minimum age requirement to compete in JuniorGP will be 16 years old from 2023 onwards.
General Manager of Marketing Planning and Analysis at PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM), Andy Wijaya, said that the historic achievement made by Veda is the result of consistent development and hard work by the racer. He hopes that this achievement can serve as a positive inspiration for Indonesia, especially in the world of motorsports in the country.
"Thank you for the support and prayers for the struggles undertaken by our young racers in the Asian Talent Cup. Through the spirit of One Heart, the historic achievement attained by Veda serves as a great motivation for us to continue fostering potential young racers of the homeland in pursuing their dreams of competing in the highest racing events," said Andy on Tuesday (21/11/2023)."