Helmi hands team’s first CP150 title

Top of the crop: Hi Rev SCK Honda Racing’s Helmi posing with his CP150 trophy.

SEPANG: The title chase for the 2020 Petronas Malaysian Cub Prix Championship finally came to a close with Mohd Helmi Azman (Hi Rev SCK Honda Racing), Mohd Syafiq Rosli (Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor) and Rahimi Nabil Razu (Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor) confirmed as CP150, CP125 and Wira KBS champions respectively.

The final showdown in the CP150 premier class began with the two title contenders – Helmi and Azroy Hakeem Anuar – at the front of the grid.

However, they did not benefit from the coveted starting positions when they were immediately swamped by the 24-rider grid as soon as race was flagged off.

The tussle between Helmi and Azroy in the final three laps were further complicated by the sheer size of the front group. As the chequered flag came down at the end of 11 laps, it was Mohd Khairul Ikhwan Ajis who pulled off a surprise win.

Azroy came in third, notching his sixth podium of the season while Helmi’s fifth placed finish was good enough to take the CP150 trophy.

This is Helmi’s first domestic title. The 21-year-old was the 2018 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship Underbone 150cc champion. Apart from gifting Honda with their first CP150 title since the class was introduced in 2017, Helmi effectively ended team Hi Rev SCK Honda Racing’s title drought since 2012.

“I am so grateful to my team, our crew, my family and of course our sponsors, for making all this possible. I was actually pretty disappointed by the results from this final round.

“I wanted to seal the title with a podium finish but things got really hectic in the last lap, ” said Helmi, who won the championship with 143 points.

In the CP125 category, the three-way battle between Mohd Syafiq Rosli, Mohd Shafiq Rasol and Mohd Adib Rosley ended in Syafiq’s favour. The Maju Motor rider finished the race in fifth, just enough to put him at the top of the championship standings with 117 points.

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