Honda has the starts but needs the smarts, too


PETALING JAYA: With all rounds of the 2020 Petronas Malaysian Cub Prix Championship slated to be held on permanent race facilities, Idemitsu Honda Yuzy Racing team principal Shahrol Yuzy Ahmad Zaini is advising his riders to race smart.

“As soon as the new calendar was released on Monday, everyone has been asking if this will be an advantage for the Honda bikes. Of course, the characteristics of the Honda RS150, especially in the CP150 class, make it particularly nimble and powerful on wide sweeping circuits with plenty of rolling speed.

“However, our riders must also learn to race strategically to make full use of the track and the bike.

“As we count down the days to the start of the season, I have been emphasising on the need to adopt a fluid race strategy with our team’s riders.

“Our competitors would also have given this some thought and I don’t want our team’s riders to count their chickens before they are hatched.”

The races this year will all be on permanent tracks like Sepang, Tangkak and Kuala Terengganu because the new standard operating procedures dictate that there can be no spectators.

The government allowed motorsport activities to resume recently and the championship will kick off with the first round at Sepang Circuit this weekend.

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