BATU KAWAN: Veteran Ahmad Fazli Sham continued Team Petronas Yamaha Maju Motor’s domination of the CP130 class in the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship by winning the second leg at Batu Kawan.
The 34-year-old made up for the retirement of team-mate and opening-leg winner Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin by taking the 18-lap race at the Batu Kawan street circuit in 16:18.041.
Fazli and Kasma had both piled the pressure on early leader Norizman Ismail of Harian Metro YTEQ SCK Honda Racing.
After Kasma retired with mechanical failure on lap three, Fazli made his move to surge past Norizman and went on to win by more than two seconds.
“It was important for me to step up and deliver a victory after Kasma’s retirement,” said Fazli, who was third in the first leg in Serdang last month.
“After raining for much of the afternoon, the sun came out just before the race. My team did a splendid job to revert to dry track settings. I am happy with my start to the season after a second podium finish,” added Fazli, the new leader of the overall standings with 45 points,
In the CP115 category, Harith Farhan Baharin of Idemitsu Kozi Yam Honda Racing stunned pole sitter Tengku Amirul Haffirudin to take victory.
Harith, who started second on the grid, overtook Amirul in the second lap of the 15-lap race and never looked back. He won in 14:22.415.
Motul Zeneos Yamaha YY Pang’s Amirul, the first-leg winner, was second in 14:22.629 to retain his top spot in the standings with 45 points. Harith is second with 41 points.
Shafiq Ezzariq, riding for Penang-based Idemitsu Kozi Yam Honda Racing, clocked 12:02.299 to continue his perfect start to the season in the Wira class,
Yamaha rider Afizi Supaat was second in 12:02.358 while 14-year-old rookie Anuar Ibrahim Pawi, the younger brother of Argentina Grand Prix’s Moto3 champion Khairul Idham Pawi, came home third in 12:05.164.
Meanwhile, Khairul Idham, who was present in Batu Kawan to meet his fans, made a personal contribution of RM5,000 to former rider Mohd Zamri Baba.
Zamri is now recuperating after crashing and lapsing into a coma in the SuperSports 600cc race at the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship in Indonesia last June.