PETALING JAYA: There is more than one reason for ZK Racing riders to shine as they get ready for the start of the new season of Asia Talent Cup and CEV Europe Championship.
The five riders – Adam Norrodin, Syarifuddin Azman, Mohd Sharul Ezwan, Hakim Danish Ramli and Danial Syahmi Shahril – have been sharpening their riding skills under an unlikely coach – former national cyclist Josiah Ng.
ZK Racing is helmed by former world championship rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin and their riders are under the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) motorsport development programme.
Josiah, through Sports Empowered company, has been working as the sports performance coach for the past few weeks to help the ZK Racing riders get ready for their 2021 racing season.
The Asia Talent Cup opens as the support event for the season-opening Qatar MotoGP at the end of March while the CEV Europe Championships kicks off in Estoril, Portugal at the end of next month.
Adam, Syarifuddin and Syarifuddin will ride in CEV Europe Championship while Sharul, Hakim and Danial are down for the Asia Talent Cup.
Josiah is delighted to share his expertise with the riders.
“My job is to get the riders to achieve the peak physical and mental condition for the upcoming championships, ” said Josiah.
“It’s not unusual for the bike riders to learn through cycling techniques as former world championship cycling medallist Anthony Peden of New Zealand helped to coach Australia’s Casey Stoner to two MotoGP world titles before.
Josiah said his job was made easier as the riders were receptive.
“I did changes to their daily training routines and they are open to it, ” said Josiah.
“I guide them to change their mindset, making them believe what they are capable of. Hopefully, we will see better results in their approach to racing.”
SIC chief executive officer Azhan Shafriman Hanif hoped the boys would benefit from engaging with Josiah.
“His vast experience and knowledge are the reason why we brought him in to help our talents, ” said Azhan.
“We give the boys the best support in the hope that they can become champions one day.”