PETALING JAYA: Last y ear’s CP130 runner-up Norizman Ismail heads to the second round of the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship in Muar this weekend in search of the perfect birthday present – victory on a track that’s his least favourite.
Norizman, who will turn 29 on Saturday, hasn’t had the best of times in Muar, with his best result at the Stadium Sultan Ibrahim venue being a sixth placing last year. In 2012, he retired after 14 laps.
The two riders who have won there are Ahmad Fazrul Sham (2012) and Mohd Zamri Baba (2013) – both of whom are Norizman’s team-mates this season.
After coming in second at Batu Kawan earlier this month, the Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing lead rider believes that he has what it takes to challenge for a win on the notoriously narrow track now that the team engineers have a better understanding on the updated Honda Dash.
Norizman’s confidence is further boosted having won one out of two Underbone 130cc races at the Sepang Circuit in the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship last weekend.
He was hoping for another victory in the second race but his efforts were hampered by a broken exhaust pipe.
“Winning in Muar will be a perfect birthday gift because I’ve never won or finished on the podium there,” said Norizman, who admitted to taking his foot off the pedal in Batu Kawan.
“I played it safe at Batu Kawan because I wasn’t sure of the bike’s limitations. It was still relatively fast and smooth to ride but, halfway through, the engine started to overheat and the pace dropped. In the end, my only option was to maintain a consistent ride and finish 3.6 seconds behind winner Zaqhwan Zaidi.
“As for Muar this weekend, I think we have a better idea on how to fine-tune the bike.”