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Monday May 27, 2013

Teenager Hafiza on threshold of Wira category title after hat-trick of wins

PETALING JAYA: Teenage rider Hafiza Rofa is on course for his first major title in the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship this season.

The 17-year-old Warner Pumps YSP rider with a 35-point lead, has taken a near-unassailable lead in the Wira category following a hat-trick of wins in Batu Kawan (Round 1), Malacca (Round 2) and Kuala Terengganu (Round 3).

Warner Pumps YSP team manager Lee Waye Siang said Hafiza has a good chance of the winning the Wira crown and should be ready to move to the CP115 class next.

“He is more than ready to go up to the CP115 class. However, the team decided that we should allow him one more season in the Wira class to build on his basics and his confidence before moving up,” said Waye Siang.

In the last three years, Hafiza remained as one of the consistent podium finishers in the Wira class, but was often overshadowed by the more flamboyant riders such as Mohd Hafiz Nor Azman, Fakhrusy Syakirin Rostam, Zulsyafiz Rosli and Adib Rosley.

Following a successful one-make race debut in 2010 in which he was second overall in the Honda icon Challenge, Hafiza joined team YSP and finished the 2011 season as runner-up in the Wira category. Last year, the team gambled on a change from Yamaha to Honda. The drastic change affected Hafiza’s performance and his ranking dropped to fifth overall.

This year, YSP is back in the Yamaha camp and Hafiza’s performance now looks more commanding than ever.

“This weekend’s win is very memorable for me. We came prepared, had a strong bike that performed brilliantly throughout the race and all these factors put together allowed me to achieve a hat-trick. More importantly, I scored the hat-trick in front of family and friends who braved the heat to show me support.”

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