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Mohd Hafiz Nor Azman will be hoping to close the gap with the leader in the CP115 race in Temerloh.
PETALING JAYA: The fierce rivalry between rookie riders Mohd Hafiz Nor Azman and Mohd Fakhrusy Syakirin Rostam will come to a head this weekend in Temerloh, Pahang, when they vie to narrow the gap with CP115 leader Ahmad Afif Amran in Round Seven of the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship.
Hafiz and Fakhrusy’s rivalry began last year when they competed in the WIRA class. The latter showed impressive form to bag six wins as opposed to Hafiz’s two but a crash in the penultimate leg forced Fakhrusy to withdraw from the last two rounds and this allowed his rival to seal the 2012 WIRA win.
The fierce contest between the duo continues this year as both riders are listed as favourites to take the CP115 title.
With four races to go and 100 points up for grabs, Hafiz is placed second overall with 86 points, 25 points adrift of leader Afif who leads the standings with 111 points while Fakhrusy sits in third position with 75 points. Trailing the top three is defending champion Mohd Amirul Ariff Musa who is just one point adrift of Fakhrusy.
“Our rivalry has been simmering for quite some time now. We have an ‘okay’ relationship in the paddock but on track we are the worst of enemies. Fakhrusy wants to beat me and I want to beat him ... it’s as simple as that,” said Hafiz who rides for Petronas Syntium Moto Yamaha AHM.
“But I have to admit, Fakhrusy is a very strong rider. He may not be very aggressive but he is very consistent. A good example is this year where he missed two races due to injury but he has still managed to emerge in the top three overall standings thanks to three victories.
“So, for this weekend’s race it is very important that I finish on the podium ahead of Fakhrusy. This way, I can bridge the gap with Afif and distance myself from Fakhrusy in the standings. I think I have a pretty good chance of doing so because Temerloh is a new track and nobody has any experience racing there,” added Hafiz.
Meanwhile, Fakhrusy hopes to maintain his winning streak and bounce back from a two-race absence and claim his third CP115 win for the season.
“I fractured my leg in Muar (Round Four) and was forced to sit out the next race in Teluk Intan (Round Five). I lost valuable points there but fortunately I was able to make up for it in Kluang (Round Six). I hope to do the same in Temerloh but I do not expect it to be smooth sailing as it is a new venue and the team will need to find a good set-up first. Nevertheless, my confidence is quite high for this weekend,” admitted the 16-year-old.
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