SEPANG: Team Hi Rev SCK Honda Racing’s Mohd Helmi Azman is a master when it comes to two-wheel racing at the Sepang International Circuit.
The 21-year-old proved himself to be equally adept at both the Sepang North and Sepang South tracks.
Helmi clinched his second CP150 career win in Round 3 of the Petronas Malaysian Cub Prix Championship at Sepang South track yesterday.
The Honda rider started the race from third on the grid after setting a qualifying time that was almost a second adrift of the pole-sitter Mohd Akid Aziz.
But despite early indications of a Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor domination, Helmi was able to match Akid pace-for-pace throughout the 11-lap race before taking the chequered flag in 14:15.941.
Helmi bagged the opening round at Sepang North track when the championship resumed after a four-month hiatus due to Covid-19 and was thrilled to come out on top again.
“It was every man for himself during the CP150 final. Even as we hit the midway point, it was still very congested in the front group.
“It would have been impossible to pull away, which meant that my final lap slip-streaming strategy had to be on point, ” said Helmi, who executed his final lap strategy to perfection.
Second out of the final corner, Helmi glued himself to the rear of Azroy Hakeem Anuar’s Honda for the long sprint to the finish line, breaking out at the last moment to pip Azroy to the finish line by 0.037 seconds.
Akid had to settle for third on the podium with 14:15.983.
Azroy may have settled for second yesterday but the trio of podium finishes in the first-three legs of the season put the Team Idemitsu Honda Yuzy Racing rider at the top of the championship standings with 56 points.
Helmi is second with 50 points while Akid is third on 41.
Meanwhile, ONEXOX TKKR SAG rider Mohd Hafiza Rofa aced the eight-lap CP125 final to take his first win of the season with 11:05.311.
Team Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor rider Mohd Syafiq Rosli finished second with 11:06.384 while Hafiza’s teammate Mohd Shafiq Rasol finished third, picking up 16 more points to extend his lead in the CP125 standings.
CP150: 1. Mohd Helmi Azman (Honda) Hi Rev SCK Honda Racing 14:15.941,2. Azroy Hakeem Anuar (Honda) Idemitsu Honda Yuzy Racing 14:15.978,3. Mohd Akid Aziz (Yamaha) Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor 14:15.983,4. Mohd Haziq Mohd Fairues (Yamaha) Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor 14:15.987.
Standings: 1. Azroy Hakeem Anuar (Honda) Idemitsu Honda Yuzy Racing 56 points, 2. Mohd Helmi Azman (Honda) Hi Rev SCK Honda Racing 50,3. Mohd Akid Aziz (Yamaha) Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor 41.
CP125: 1. Mohd Hafiza Rofa (Yamaha) ONEXOX TKKR SAG 11:05.311,2. Mohd Syafiq Rosli (Yamaha) Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor 11:06.384,3. Mohd Shafiq Rasol (Yamaha) ONEXOX TKKR SAG 11:06.609,4. Mohd Faiz Zekri Sabri (Yamaha) ONEXOX SAG Team 11:08.038.
Standings: 1. Mohd Shafiq Rasol Yamaha ONEXOX TKKR SAG 61,2. Mohd Syafiq Rosli (Yamaha) Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor 51,3. Mohd Hafiza Rofa (Yamaha) ONEXOX TKKR SAG) 41.
Wira: 1. Mohd Aeiman Hafidz Shahril (Yamaha) ONEXOX SAG 9:54.353,2. Rahimi Nabil Razu (Yamaha) Petronas Sprinta Yamaha-31 Racing 9:54.375,3. Mohd Aqil Danial Nasrul (Yamaha) Petronas Sprinta Yamaha-31 Racing 9:54.465,4. Mohd Izzat Mohd Raduan (Yamaha) ONEXOX SAG 9:55.204.
Standings: 1. Rahimi Nabil Razu (Yamaha) Petronas Sprinta Yamaha-31 Racing 53,2. Mohd Aeiman Hafidz Shahril (Yamaha) ONEXOX SAG 38,3. Mohd Norhakim Mohd Norhafizullah (Yamaha) ONEXOX SAG 35.