Dimas Ekky Pratama heads to IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia for the 2019 Moto2 Season.
IDEMITSU has changed their entire line-up for the coming season, opting for some fresh faces, this includes none other than 26-year-old Dimas Ekky Pratama. Although, to assume that the Indonesian lacks experience would be to assume wrong.
For the 2010 to 2012 seasons, Pratama competed in the national series IRS in the Supersport 600 class. He demonstrated talent off the bat as his maiden season brought him 4thin the championship. To then be followed by 5thin 2011, and his final season resulting in being the title runner-up.
From competing in national classes, Pratama then moved up to the Asia Road Racing championship, once again racing in the Supersport 600 class. From 2012, he spent the next 5 seasons with Astra Honda Racing Team, the first of which earned him the Rookie of the Year award for achieving 6thposition in the championship. His best result came from his penultimate season in the class, earning 5th– only one point away from Yuki Ito in fourth. Pratama returned to the championship in 2017 for a one-off appearance during the Sentul round with the same team, in which he won the first race and came 4th in the second.
During his time at the Asia Road Racing championship, the 26-year-old also competed regularly in the Suzuka races. In 2013, Pratama won his only appearance at the Suzuka 4-hour race, competing with Astra Honda Racing Team on a Honda CBR600RR.
2014 to 2017 saw the Indonesian compete in the 8-hour Suzuka, changing up teams for Honda Team Asia and competing on a Honda CBR1000RR. Over the four events, Pratama achieved a range of results: 7th, 18th, 8th, and another 8th. The odd result from 2015 came about due to the team’s change-up from the prior year, but a second change to the line-up resulted in a return to the top 10 in 2016.
Pratama returned to Astra Honda Racing in 2015, competing in the CEV Moto2 championship. From 2015 to 2018, the Indonesian demonstrated continuous improvement in results, and during his time managed to achieve two podiums – a 3rdat Catalunya in 2017, and another 3rdin Albacete in 2018. Last season, Pratama came 5thin the overall standings as the sole rider for the team.
Pratama has also dabbled in the Moto2 world class in previous years, tallying a total of three wildcards. His first appearance in 2017 at Sepang with Federal Oil Gresini resulted in a crash with 18 laps to go. The Indonesian returned to the class last season, appearing at both the Barcelona and Sepang rounds, the former with Astra Honda Racing and the latter with Tech 3 as a replacement for Bo Bendsneyder. The Catalunya race ended with a result of 24thand the Sepang round resulting in 23rd.
Whilst some riders’ debut onto the world stage may end with better results, experience is experience nonetheless, and Dimas Ekky Pratama clearly demonstrates that he has a lot of it under his helmet. With the IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia line-up remodel, their choice of riders should make for interesting races this season.