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Mohd Zaqhwan Mohd Zaidi is currently the best rookie in the standings on 11th spot with 28 points.
PETALING JAYA: Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing Malaysia rider Mohd Zaqhwan Mohd Zaidi is brimming with confidence ahead of the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championships (ARRC) at the Suzuka International Circuit in Japan this weekend.
The 18-year-old has fond memories of the track, having won the Suzuka 4-Hour Endurance Race alongside former team-mate Mohd Emir Firdaus Hasan there last year.
Although not really jostling for the SuperSports 600cc championship title in the ARRC, Zaqhwan is currently the best rookie in the standings on 11th spot with 28 points.
Team-mate Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman leads the championship with 120 points.
“Given my experience at the track, the team have set a very high target of a top-five finish for me,” said Zaqhwan.
“It will be an uphill task as the circuit is very technical and also we will be using new Dunlop tyres this weekend ... so that’ll require some time to get adjusted to.”
Although confident that he has what it takes to ride with the frontrunners, Zaqhwan does not expect an easy outing in Suzuka.
“I may have an advantage going to Suzuka but that does not mean we can take the race lightly. I still need to work extra hard to beat the Japanese contract riders and wildcards, who are more accustomed to the technical circuit,” he said.
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