Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi set a record-breaking lap of 40.139s en route to dominating all three practice sessions of the Cub Prix Championship in Muar on Friday. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: Givi Honda Yuzy Racing rider Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi has served an early warning that he is not about to relinquish his reign in the CP130 category of the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship.
Zaqhwan set a record-breaking lap of 40.139s en route to dominating all three practice sessions at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Muar yesterday.
His scorching lap time smashed the old mark of 40.865s set by Mohd Zamri Baba and put him ahead of Petronas Yamaha-CKJ duo of Mohd Affendi Rosli (40.944s) and Ahmad Afif Amran (40.960s).
Zaqhwan was clearly pleased with his pace but a little worried about the consistency shown by his Yamaha rivals and their track record in Muar since 2012.
If that’s not enough, Zaqhwan also has bad memories of racing in Muar after losing out on the SuperPole last season despite posting the quickest lap time in practice.
“It feels good to continue the momentum here. The engineers were spot-on with the set-up ... but one of the other reasons why we could go fast was the upgrade done on the track,” said Zaqhwan.
“I can’t afford to get too comfortable, though, because the top five riders are only separated by just one second.
“It is very important to master the SuperPole because last year I started from second row and found it very hard to overtake. I don’t intend to repeat that mistake.”
The others who have qualified for todays’ SuperPole include Ahmad Fazrul Sham, Mohd Emir Firdaus Hasan, Zamri, S. Sasitharen and Mohd Haiekal Akmal Zakaria.