Unstopabble Zaqhwan Triumphs in Melaka
2014 PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship
Round 4 – Stadium Hang Jebat, Melaka (31 May - 1 June)
Race Report
WIRA podium in Melaka CP115 Podium in Melaka
Givi Honda Yuzy Racing’s Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi fought back from a dismal start to chalk up his second successive CP130 win, his third victory for the season in the Melaka PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship at Stadium Hang Jebat on Sunday.
The 19-year old had a poor take off despite starting the race from front row (second) to find himself fifth in the first lap while Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing’s Norizman Ismail and Mohd Fitri Ashraff Razali opened up a comfortable gap ahead.
Unfortunately for Norizman, despite adapting to a different riding style to bring out the best of his Honda, he suffered technical issues with his gearbox in the third lap and his two-second gap soon narrowed until Zaqhwan eventually caught up and surpassed him in lap-10.
Zaqhwan Zaidi leaps with joy having won the CP130 race in Melaka with Norizman Ismail and Ahmad Afif Amran Zaqhwan Zaidi 21 during the CP130 race in Melaka
Zaqhwan who will compete in next week’s World Superbike Championship (WSBK) as a wildcard entry wrapped up the gruelling 18-lap race in 14’54.947s while Norizman finished second with 14’57.588s. Ahmad Afif Amran of PETRONAS Yamaha CKJ came in third in 15’01.013s.
“My run today was filled with mistakes,” said Zaqhwan.
“I did not do so well in the SuperPole and I did not have the best of starts in the race. I was not confident I could catch up to Norizman at first but the team gave me a flawless bike. All I needed to do was concentrate on my riding. Of course, if Norizman did not have technical issues, he could have easily won the race. I am really happy with this win and credits to the team for another successful race,” he added.
Meanwhile a bitter Norizman commented, “The gearbox issue started since the first practice session and this weekend I’ve changed that unit five times. Indeed I am slightly frustrated to lose out on the chequered flag but nonetheless, we had a positive race. Hopefully things will be better in the next round,” he said.
With this win, Zaqhwan leads the CP130 standings with 75 points followed by Ahmad Afif and Norizman with 65 points and 53 points respectively.
Separately, in the CP115 category, initially the all-red outfit was aiming to sweep the podium clean with all three riders, Zaidy, Izzat Zaidi Salehan and Tengku Amirul Haffiruddin starting Sunday’s race from front row. Unfortunately, Tengku Amirul had a bad start due to front-brake issues but still able helding his way to the finish line with 12’49.020s and M Seki Liberty Honda’s Mohd Syafiq Rosli third, 12’49.730s.
On tZaidy leads the CP115 standings with 83 points. 20 points adrift comes in Amirul Ariff with 63 points followed by Izzat Zaidi third, 62 points.
Khairul Idham Pawi meanwhile celebrated a hat trick of wins in the age-capped WIRA class, boosting his confidence ahead of the inaugural Suzuka 2-Hour Endurance Race next weekend in Japan.
The Kozi Yam Honda Racing rider had a fairly uninterrupted race, taking off from pole to finish the 12-lap race in 10’23.513s, 14.416 seconds ahead of Felda Pbafb Tech Racing’s Saiful Izman Ahmad Zamani in second place with 10’37.929s while Jetron Apido Team PJM’s Afiki Supaat wrapped up the podium steps with 20’40.008s.
Picking up another 25 points, Khairul Idham extends his lead to 91 points, 32 points clear from teammate, Harith Farhan Baharin and Afiki Supaat who are tied with 59 points in second and third place respectively.
Round Five of the 2014 PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship will be held in Temerloh, Pahang on 21 and 22 June.
1. Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi (Honda) 14’54.947s
2. Norizman Ismail (Honda) 14’57.588s
3. Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha) 15’01.013s
4. Mohd Fitri Ashraf Razali (Honda) 15’03.207s
5. Mohd Affendi Rosli (Yamaha) 15’07.644s
Overall Standings
1. Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi (Honda) 75 points
2. Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha) 65 points
3. Norizman Ismail (Honda) 53 points
4. Mohd Affendi Rosli (Yamaha) 50 points
5. Ahmad Fazli Sham (Yamaha) 48 points
Team Standings
1. PETRONAS Yamaha CKJ 88 points
2. Givi Honda Yuzy Racing 68 points
3. Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing B 65 points
4. PETRONAS Yamaha Maju Motor 59 points
5. Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing A 47 points
1. Zaidy Mohd Zaifaizal (Yamaha) 12’47.227s
2. Mohd Amirul Ariff Musa (Honda) 12’49.020s
3. Mohd Syafiq Rosli (Honda) 12’49.730s
4. Ahmad Syukran Aizat (Yamaha) 12’51.340s
5. Tengku Amirul Haffiruddin (Yamaha) 12’56.143s
Overall Standings
1. Zaidy Mohd Zaifaizal (Yamaha) 58 points
2. Mohd Izzat Zaidi Salehan (Yamaha) 52 points
3. Tengku Amirul Haffiruddin (Yamaha) 48 points
4. Mohd Amirul Ariff Musa (Honda) 43 points
5. Mohd Syafiq Rosli (Honda) 30 points
Team Standings
1. Motul Yamaha YY Pang A 121 points
2. Mohd Amirul Ariff Musa (Honda) 63 points
3. Mohd Izzat Zaidi Salehan (Yamaha) 62 points
4. Tengku Amirul Haffiruddin (Yamaha) 59 points
5. Mohd Syafiq Rosli (Honda) 46 points
1. Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda) 10’23.513s
2. Saiful Izman Ahmad Zamani (Yamaha) 10’37.929s
3. Mohd Afiki Supaat (Yamaha) 10’40.008s
4. Mohd Azam Omar (Yamaha) 10’47.652s
5. Mohd Akid Aziz (Yamaha) 10’49.255s
Overall Standings
1. Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda) 91 points
2. Mohd Harith Farhan Baharin (Honda) 59 points
3. Mohd Afiki Supaat (Yamaha) 59 points
4. Mohd Khairul Ikhwan Ajis (Yamaha) 55 points
5. Saiful Izman Ahmad Zamani (Yamaha) 35 points
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