Norizman Ismail holding up his trophy in the fourth round of the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championships in Malacca, where he finished second.
PETALING JAYA: Norizman Ismail intends to play it safe in the CP130 category of the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship in Temerloh, Pahang, this weekend.
The Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing rider fractured his ankle during a training incident two weeks ago. He has yet to fully recover from the injury but decided to compete in the fifth leg to secure championship points.
The 29-year-old is third in the overall standings with 53 points. Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi of Givi Honda Yuzy Racing leads with 75 points while rookie Ahmad Afif Amran of Petronas Yamaha CKJ is second on 65 points.
“Cub Prix takes place on street circuits and the turns are often sharp and rapid and a lot of hard braking is required,” said Norizman.
“Given the current condition of my ankle, it would be too risky to fight for a win in Temerloh. It’s better for me to play it safe and maintain my position in the standings,” he added.
“It’s hard to accept I will head into one of my favourite venues with a disadvantage but it’s for the best. After Temerloh, we will have a long mid-season break. I will use that time to recover and return stronger for the second half of the season,” concluded Norizman.
Last season, Norizman was the strongest rider on the 1.082km Temerloh track. He dominated the practice sessions and went on to secure pole before winning the race ahead of Zaqhwan and Mohd Zamri Baba.