CP130 rider Norizman Ismail (front) has been struggling this season with his new bike which is heavier and more powerful.
PETALING JAYA: Two-time CP130 champion Norizman Ismail believes a change of riding style will improve his fortune in the current Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship.
It is something that the Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing rider is working on as he heads into this weekend’s fourth race at Stadium Hang Jebat, Malacca.
The 29-year-old has been struggling to get the best out of his new bike which is heavier and more powerful.
Nonetheless, he still managed to secure a podium finish in the opening round in Batu Kawan last month.
He then struggled to an eighth and 11th spot finish in Muar (Round 2) and Terengganu (Round 3) respectively.
After three rounds, Norizman sits in fifth spot in the overall standings with 39 points, 11 points adrift of championship leader Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi of Givi Honda Yuzy Racing.
“The new bike is very different from what we rode last year - much more sophisticated and the engineers do not have enough data to produce a competitive setup,” said Norizman.
“In addition to that, it is heavier compared to the previous model.
“In that sense, I will need to change my riding style slightly to bring out its potential.”
Norizman was quick to play down his podium expectations in Malacca, saying that it would take some time before he can consistently challenge for a podium finish.
“To be honest we are not in the position we expected to be at this juncture. There is still a lot of work to be done,” he explained.“Maybe in the second half of the season when we have a lot more data we can fight for the podium more often.”