West’s absence is good news for Azlan


  • Motorsport
  • Wednesday, 18 Apr 2018

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian rider Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman will have a chance to take the lead in the SuperSports 600cc class in the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) this weekend.

The second round of the championship will take place at The Bend Motorsport Park in Adelaide, a newly-opened 4.9km circuit that represents a level playing field for teams and riders alike.

The ARRC, which will be held concurrently with the Australian Superbike Championship, will be the first major motorcycle race to take place at The Bend.

Azlan, who is also the defending champion in the premier class, scored two third-place finishes in Round 1 at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, last month and sits second in the championship on 32 points behind Australian Anthony West.

The Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki rider has a chance to overtake the Australian who leads with 45 points, but will miss the race due to commitments in the World SuperSport Championship in Assen, Holland.

The SuperSports 600cc will also see another absentee in Australia.

Another Malaysian rider Zaqhwan Zaidi is focusing on the All Japan Road Race in preparation for the introduction of the ASB1000 class in the ARRCnext season.

His key competitors are expected to be Thailand’s Decha Kraisart and Japanese duo Tomoyoshi Koyama and Yuki Ito.

“In that sense, the senior riders would probably have a slight advantage over the younger set,” said Azlan.

His key competitors are expected to be Thailand’s Decha Kraisart and Japanese duo Tomoyoshi Koyama and Yuki Ito.

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