KUALA LUMPUR: Teenager Hafiz Nor Azman is on the right track for his first podium finish.
The Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing prodigy was the quickest on the track in the CP130 practice session for Round 4 of the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship at the State Sports Complex in Gong Badak, Terengganu.
The 19-year-old Hafiz clocked 41.229 to outpace seasoned riders Zamri Baba (41.383) and Norizman Ismail (41.485) on Friday.
Yamalube AHM’s Ahmad Fazrul Sham was fourth fastest in 41.504 while Elly Idzlianizar, winner of Round 3 at Batu Kawan, was next in 41.541.
Hafiz is now all pumped up for a front row start and a maiden podium in the CP130 class.
“We had a positive start to the weekend, coming in fastest in practice. The engineers did a great job to provide me with a competitive bike. There’s still a lot of work to be done because all the riders are separated by less than a second,” said Hafiz.
“This is my first year racing in the premiere class, so it would be great if I can get on the podium.
“Based on our lap time today, it’s possible but it’s also crucial to get a good start position in the SuperPole.”
The others who have qualified for SuperPole, which will determine the top-10 grid placement, are Ahmad Fazli Sham (Petronas Yamaha Maju Motor), Mohd Fitri Ashraf Razali (Petronas Yamaha CKJ), Mohd Haiekal Akmal Zakaria (Yamalube AHM), Muar winner Mohd Affendi Rosli and Sasitharen Sukumaran (Givi Honda Yuzy Racing).
Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin emerged as the fastest in the CP115 class to become the only rider to see his lap time dip below the 41-second mark.
The Petronas Yamaha Maju Motor rider, who took a dominant victory in Muar two weeks ago, posted the best lap time out of 30 riders – coming in at 41.620.