In memory of Afridza Munandar.
The pain of someone dying is difficult, particularly if it is a loved one. It doesn’t actually get better with time with the grief. Yet, the emotions that arise are easier to cope with and to manage. However, the pain is indescribable for the parents who lost a child. They are not suicidal thoughts, but these thoughts are looking for re-connection.
What happened in the Sepang International Circuit?
On 2 November 2019, Afridza Munandar an Indonesian motorcycle rider, was killed in a crash at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. On the first lap of the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup, a feeder event for MotoGP, the 20-year-old Afridza Munandar went down at turn 10 as he collided with Shinji Ogu, a Japanese rider. When the incident happened, the race was halted with a red flag and cancelled. Although the race resumed on Sunday at the circuit, after fellow riders from Munandar have voted to continue.
Career Life of the Late Afridza Munandar
Born in Tasikmalaya on 13 August 1999, Afridza Syach Munandar was trained as an Indonesian motor racer. Since junior high school, Afridza began to follow the world of racing. Besides that, his grandfather, Andi Suryana, who is an ex-racer from Tasikmalaya, introduced him to motocross. In 2013, he won the titles of the MP 5 and MP 6 West Java. He competed with Andi Farid Izdihar, Adly M. Taufik and presented a silver medal at the Bukit Peusar circuit. He won the MP 3 and MP 4 area 2 series in the 2017 season as well. Next, Afridza also competed in the Asia Talent Cup for 2018, but was unable to reach the podium all season long.
He competed for the Yogyakarta ART team in the Duck 4 T Tune-Up Injection Expert 150cc category with the start of the One Prix 2019. In Race 1 series 1, Race 1 series 2 (the second series was held on the Bukit Peusar circuit), he won a total of 3 wins each and in Sentul Karting circuit Race 1 series 3. He won the Buriram race, and Series 3 of the Sepang Circuit.
For national and International racing, he’s proven to shine. In defending the Astra Motor Racing Team (ART) Yogyakarta, he is one of the most compelling riders in the Indonesia Meprix 2019 Oneprix National Championship. Munandar raced in the Asia Talent Cup, where he was a competitor for the title. Having registered two wins and four podium finishes this season, Munandar was one of the championship contestants going into the 2019 IATC finals this season.
In a statement by the MotorGP, it is stated that Afridza received medical attention by the track side. Later, he was taken to a hospital in Kuala Lumpur by a helicopter. Despite the best efforts of circuit medical staff and those at the hospital, Munandar sadly succumbed to his head injuries shortly thereafter. The International Federation of Motorcycling says that Munandar was declared as dead on Saturday at Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
We know that, here we are all expected to die. Death is a very traumatic occurrence that must be endured by everyone. Here is a quote which is specially dedicated to Afridza Munandar who lost his life at a very young age:
‘He zip up his jacket and slide his gloves on. His helmet fits perfectly over his head. He starts his bike and the distinct sound of his Energica Ego Corsa motorbike triggers a rush of memories. He mount up and pay close attention to the mechanics of the bike as he press into first gear. He let out the clutch and as he pulls out of the driveway he enters the last moments of his life. The wind rushes past him and he rides by his final earthly destination’.
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