The battle between Ryosuke Takahashi and Kyoichi Sudo is the nineteenth battle of Initial D.
Prior to the Battle Edit
Keisuke goes to the gas station hoping to tell Takumi that his defeat didn't count and will avenge his defeat. While the battle takes place Takumi goes with Itsuki for a joyride in Akina to cheer him up from the blowout. And after Seiji's loss against Keisuke, Kyoichi runs his race with Simulation X which is racing at one's own pace on exceptional opponents.
During the Battle Edit
Ryosuke has a brief lead until Kyoichi overtakes him. Close to the finish line, Ryosuke found his weakness on turning right and takes the right side trapping Kyoichi on the outside winning the battle by a hair with a new course record.
After the Battle Edit
Kyoichi confronts him why he couldn't beat him. Ryosuke points out while he is nearly is as good as him in terms of technique, he tells him that his weakness was turning right due to fear of oncoming traffic whereas Kyoichi is used to circuit racing where there is never oncoming traffic and his home turf at Irohazaka is a one-way road. Ryosuke drives off and Kyoichi finally realizes what he is trying to tell him and it was in his delusions of grandeur thinking he can beat him with circuit racing techniques. Kenta, surprised by how both the uphill and downhill records were broken by a significant margin, asks Keisuke how the times could be so fast. Keisuke explains that he and Ryosuke don't go all-out on timed runs as they feel that it isn't worth the risk of crashing.
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Arcade Stage 8 RivalSide Info Edit
Story arc: Akagi RedSuns
Driver: Ryosuke Takahashi
Car: Mazda RX-7 Infini III (FC3S)
Opponent: Kyoichi Sudo
Car: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III GSR (CE9A)
Mission: Do not fall behind the Rival
Time of day: Night