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Published: Tuesday December 24, 2013 MYT 6:51:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday December 24, 2013 MYT 9:08:02 PM

Husni’s now numero uno in team SIC Ajo

Moto3 rider Husni Aizat Abdul Malik (second left), seen here in a KTM promo event, will now play a bigger role for team Touchline SIC Ajo as their main rider in the Spanish National Championships next year. - Filepic

Moto3 rider Husni Aizat Abdul Malik (second left), seen here in a KTM promo event, will now play a bigger role for team Touchline SIC Ajo as their main rider in the Spanish National Championships next year. - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: Moto3 rider Husni Aizat Abdul Malik will shoulder a bigger responsibility when the Spanish National Championships begins the 2014 season at the Jerez circuit on April 6.

In the 2013 season, Husni was considered as the apprentice in the Touchline SIC Ajo team, the second rider behind Amirul Hafiq Azmi, who had more racing experience from the Red Bull Rookies programme.

But as Amirul moved on to join Zulfahmi Khairuddin in the Moto3 world championship next season, the 19-year-old Husni will continue to carry the challenge for the team on a bigger scale.

Taking over Husni’s place as the second rider next season is 17-year-old Mohd Hafiza Rofa, who was crowned overall champion in the Wira category of the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix and is also the reigning SIC Ninja 250R Cup champion.

“Last year was about learning the ropes in Moto3, learning how to merge the feeling of riding with the data so that it can be used to improve performance.

“Next year will be a different ball game for me and the team. I learnt a lot during the year and hopefully I can start getting results this time,” said Husni.

It was indeed a learning curve for Husni as he only collected a point from nine races last season.

Amirul, meanwhile, managed to up his performance towards the end of the season to finish fourth in Jerez en route to claiming 24 points to sit in 17th spot in the Spanish Championship.

“Pressure is the last thing I want to think about in the Spanish Championship next year. Of course there would be pressure on me to perform well but I don’t want to think about it,” said Husni.

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