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Published: Friday April 18, 2014 MYT 5:59:00 PM
Updated: Friday April 18, 2014 MYT 6:34:58 PM

Zamri rides through pain to emerge second in practice

Mohd Zamri Baba using crutches to walk last month. The Musashi Boon Siew Honda rider was second fastest in the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championships' SuperSports 600cc free practice on April 18, 2014.

Mohd Zamri Baba using crutches to walk last month. The Musashi Boon Siew Honda rider was second fastest in the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championships' SuperSports 600cc free practice on April 18, 2014.

SEPANG: Musashi Boon Siew Honda rider Mohd Zamri Baba has no idea how he will complete the two SuperSports 600cc races in the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championships (ARRC) at the Sepang International Circuit on Sunday.

Still using a crutch to help him walk after he fractured his left leg in February during dirt track training, Zamri was clueless as to how he will cope with the pain during the two 25-lap races.

“It felt like I have been hit by a truck,” said Zamri after the free practice sessions on Friday. Despite the pain, Zamri still managed a good time of 1:05:814 to emerge second fastest.

Japan’s Katsuaki Fujiwara of BEET Kawasaki Racing posted the fastest time of 1:05.793.

“But today, I didn’t put in a lot of laps (only 17 laps) for practice because I just wanted to get a feel of the bike. It will be different on race day with 50 laps in total and a 100% push.

“Right now, I’m taking pills to ease the pain but maybe I have to consider painkiller injections on race day,” said the 31-year-old.

On his move to Honda after many years with Yamaha, Zamri said he is looking to spread his wings like Moto2 world championship rider Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman. Azlan, the reigning SuperSports 600cc champion, is now racing his second season in the Moto2 world championship.

“I would like to move on ... be somewhere, if I have the opportunity,” said Zamri.  

Tags / Keywords: motorsport, ARRC, Asia Road Racing Championships, Musashi Boon Siew Honda, Mohd Zamri Baba

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