S. Sasitharen in a file photo. Givi Honda Yuzy Racing team manager Shahrol Yuzy Ahmad Zaini wants CP130 rookie Sasitharen to close the gap with his high-flying team-mate Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi.
KUALA LUMPUR: Givi Honda Yuzy Racing team manager Shahrol Yuzy Ahmad Zaini wants CP130 rookie S. Sasitharen to rev it up in Round Four of the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championships at Stadium Hang Jebat in Malacca from May 31-June 1.
Yuzy hopes that Sasitharen can come out from the shadows of his high-flying team-mate Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi.
There is a significant gap between the two but Yuzy believes that’s because Zaqhwan has had three years’ experience racing in the premier class.
Yuzy said it wouldn’t be fair to expect Sasitharen to match Zaqhwan’s standard in his debut season.
“Zaqhwan has had a lot more exposure in the CP130 and has gone through a lot of struggles to reach where he is today. Sasi should not feel any pressure. We prefer him to take things at his own pace. There is no need to rush for immediate results,” said former GP rider Yuzy.
“There is always room for improvement and we hope Sasi can open up more to the team. Now, he takes everything given to him, no questions asked. While it did help him to score points, it won’t help him get very far because the current set-up is fine-tuned for Zaqhwan.
“Sasi should request the engineers to set the bike according to his preference and riding style ... only then can he move forward.”
Yuzy, however, praised Sasitharen for managing to pick up 18 points after the first three rounds – in Batu Kawan (Penang), Muar (Johor) and Terengganu.
“For a rookie, we believe Sasi is doing relatively well. Although he retired in the first round due to technical issues, he proved quite competitive to finish the following two races in seventh spot and picking up nine points each,” said Yuzy.