Injured Azroy still tops red-flagged race


Smooth before the pile-up: Honda Yuzy Idemitsu’s Azroy Hakeem Anuar (left) leading the CP150 race. — Photo by Petronas Cub Prix

PETALING JAYA: Azroy Hakeem Anuar has always found Terengganu to be a happy hunting ground. This time, he won again – but it was a painful one at the Terengganu Motorsports Track in Gong Badak.

The Honda Yuzy Idemitsu Team rider, who won the Terengganu leg in 2019 and 2020, bagged his third consecutive victory at the circuit yesterday when he came out tops in round five of the Petronas Malaysian Cub Prix CP150 with a time of 14:04.644.

But it came with a price as he had to skip the podium presentation and limped back to the pit with a slight injury to his right leg, no thanks to a final lap crash.

Earlier, a slow start from the pole position put Azroy behind a charging Petronas Sprinta Yamaha-CKJ Racing Team’s Ahmad Afif Amran, who was looking to win on his home ground.

Azroy and Afif set a strong pace at the front of the group, and by the 15th lap, the two were already more than six seconds ahead of the rest.

Azroy got his breakthrough when he moved in on Afif in the 16th lap and kept his lead.

However, the race had to be red-flagged in the 17th lap due to an unexpected pile-up, and the result was taken after 17 laps – and with Azroy being declared the winner.

Afif finished second with 14:04.818 while ONEXOX TKKR Racing Team’s rider Mohd Akid Aziz finished with a time of 14:11.174.

Unfortunately for Azroy, he was one of the few riders tangled up in the crash.

“Except for this tiny glitch, I have had an exceptional round in Terengganu so far,” said Azroy, who now leads the CP150 title race with 83 points.

“I am so satisfied with our performance. This is a minimal injury and I am raring to be back again for Round 6 today.”

The CP125 final was won by Ipone Yamaha YY Pang Racing Team’s Mohd Adib Rosley with a time of 13:06.025 while Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor Team rider Mohd Syafiq Rosli finished second (13:06.400).

Moto1 Koyoko Honda KC Racing Team’s Mohd Firdaus Mohd Hamdan came in third with a time of 13:08.705s.

In the Wira category, the Castrol Power1 Honda Team finally claimed their first victory, thanks to Mohd Harith Haziq Zamri, who led from start to finish with a time of 10:44.956.

ROUND 5 RESULTS

CP150: 1. Azroy Hakeem Anuar (Honda, Honda Yuzy Idemitsu Team) 14:04.644, 2. Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha, PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha-CKJ Racing) 14:04.818, 3. Mohd Akid Aziz (Yamaha, ONEXOX TKKR Racing Team) 14:11.174.

CP125: 1. Mohd Adib Rosley (Yamaha, Ipone Yamaha YY Pang Racing Team) 13:06.025, 2. Mohd Syafiq Rosli (Yamaha, Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor) 13:06.400, 3. Mohd Firdaus Mohd Hamdan (Honda, Moto1 Koyoko Honda KC Racing Team) 13:08.705.

WIRA: 1. Mohd Harith Haziq Zamri (Honda, Castrol Power1 Honda Team), 10:44.956, 2. Mohd Aqil Danial Nasrul (Yamaha, Petronas Sprinta Yamaha-31 Racing), 10’46.566, 3. Mohd Adam Haikal Jahar (Yamaha, Wiramuda V-Fiertech Academy Racing) 10:47.154.

STANDINGS

CP150: 1. Azroy Hakeem Anuar (Honda, Honda Yuzy Idemitsu Team), 83 pts, 2. Ahmad Afif Amran (Yamaha, Petronas Sprinta Yamaha-CKJ Racing), 58, 3. Mohd Akid Aziz (Yamaha, ONEXOX TKKR Racing Team), 54.

CP125: 1. Mohd Adib Rosley (Yamaha, Ipone Yamaha YY Pang Racing Team) 89, 2. Mohd Fareez Afeez Abd Rahman (Yamaha, Ipone Yamaha YY Pang Racing Team) 83, 3. Mohd Syafiq Rosli (Yamaha, Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor) 76.

WIRA: 1. Mohd Aqil Danial Nasrul (Yamaha, Petronas Sprinta Yamaha-31 Racing) 91, 2. Danial Johan (Yamaha, Petronas Sprinta Yamaha-31 Racing) 82, 3. Mohd Harith Haziq Zamri (Honda, Castrol Power1 Honda Team) 74.

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