Zaqhwan Lifts Maiden CP130 Crown in Jempol
2014 PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship
ROUND 9 – Jempol, Negeri Sembilan (1-2 November 2014)
Race Report
Honda’s Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi clinched his maiden CP130 title with a comfortable third place finish in Round 9 of the PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship in Jempol, Negeri Sembilan.
It was a dream weekend for Zaqhwan after the only man who could stop him, Norizman Ismail (Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing) came in eighth.
The Givi Honda Yuzy Racing rider was in solid form to qualify for front row and made a good start when the lights went off but deteriorating track conditions forced him to be cautious.
Even so, that did not stop the 19-year old from punching through Mohd Iskandar Raduan, Mohd Zamri Baba and Ahmad Fazli Sham to finish the race in third place with 14’46.782s, ultimately sealing the title with 161 points.
“I am lost for words and over the moon,” said an emotional Zaqhwan.
“We came to Jempol aware we could secure the title given the point advantage, but to actually win it, nothing can prepare you for that. I am really overwhelmed right now. A million thanks to my manager, Shahrol Yuzy for guiding me to this very day and congratulations to the team who has been working endlessly to make sure I win this championship. You guys deserve this,” he added.
Reflecting on the race, Zaqhwan commented, “This must have been one of my toughest races since stepping up to the CP130. It felt like everyone wanted to stop me and the battles were close.”
“Naturally I wanted to win but Affendi had a better start and managed to get the holeshot. I was riding sixth and struggled to get ahead and I really had to push to get ahead of Iskandar, Zamri and Fazli. Once I passed them it was between Afif and I but at that point my bike was already at its limit. If I pushed it any further, we would have ended up crashing so I chose to play it safe to the finish line.”
Reigning WIRA Champion, Khairul Idham Pawi maintained his flawless run as the Kozi Yam Honda Racing rider claimed his eighth successive victory in the age-capped category.
Khairul bounced back from a botched start to steal the lead from Fairuz Nasir before pulling away from the pack, concluding the 12-lap race in 10.01.312s.
Fairuz was forced to settle for second place with 10’12.012s while Mohd Afiki Supaat finished third in 10’12.176s.
The win gives Khairul a perfect total of 216 points with Afiki taking second 108 points back followed by Fairuz third in the rankings, 122 points adrift.
1. Mohd Affendi Rosli (Yamaha) 14’44.125s
2. Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha) 14’45.911s
3. Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi (Honda) 14’46.782s
4. Ahmad Fazli Sham (Yamaha) 14’47.849s
5. Mohd Iskandar Raduan (Yamaha) 14’49.763s
Overall Standings
1. Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi (Honda) 161 points
2. Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha) 131 points
3. Norizman Ismail (Honda) 121 points
4. Affendi Rosli (Yamaha) 121 points
5. Ahmad Fazli Sham (Yamaha) 96 points
Team Awards
1. PETRONAS Yamaha CKJ 252 points
2. Givi Honda Yuzy Racing 219 points
3. Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing B 183 points
4. PETRONAS Yamaha Maju Motor 158 points
5. Motul Yamaha YY Pang 138 points
1. Izzat Zaidi Salehan (Yamaha) 12’30.085s
2. Elly Idzlianizar Ilias (Honda) 12’31.023s
3. Abdul Muhaimin Roslan (Yamaha) 12’33.743s
4. Amirul Ariff Musa (Honda) 12’34.447s
5. Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin (Yamaha) 12’34.602s
Overall Standings
1. Izzat Zaidi Salehan (Yamaha) 178 points
2. Zaidy Zaifaizal (Yamaha) 148 points
3. Tengku Amirul Haffiruddin (Yamaha) 121 points
4. Amirul Ariff Musa (Honda) 109 points
5. Elly Idzlianizar Ilias (Honda) 95 points
Team Awards
1. Motul Yamaha YY Pang A 299 points
2. Motul Yamaha YY Pang B 191 points
3. Givi Honda Yuzy Racing 165 points
4. M Seki Liberty Honda 146 points
5. PETRONAS Yamaha Maju Motor 128 points
1. Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda) 10’01.312s
2. Fairuz Nasir (Yamaha) 10’12.012s
3. Afiki Supaat (Yamaha) 10’12.175s
4. Amirul Hakim Mohd Rizal (Yamaha) 10’19.088s
5. Saiful Azhary (Honda) 10’19.250s
Overall Standings
1. Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda) 216 points
2. Afiki Supaat (Yamaha) 108 points
3. Fairuz Nasir (Yamaha) 94 points
4. Saiful Izman Ahmad Zamani (Yamaha) 86 points
5. Amirul Hakim Mohd Rizal (Yamaha) 86 points
CP130 Podium - P1 Affendi Rosli P2 Afif Amran P3 Zaqhwan Zaidi Zaqhwan Zaidi celebrating his CP130 title with his team in Jempol
WIRA Podium - P1 Khairul Idham P2 Fairuz Nasir P3 Afiki Supaat Zaqhwan Zaidi was crowned 2014 CP130 champion in Jempol
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