Kasma leaves it late to win Round Six


Right move: Kasma celebrates with his trophy at the Terengganu Motorsports Track in Gong Badak.

PETALING JAYA: Kasma Daniel Kasma-yuddin proved that patience will be rewarded.

The Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor rider won round six of the Petronas Malaysian Cub Prix CP150 race at the Terengganu Motorsports Track in Gong Badak, when he overtook round five winner Azroy Hakeem Anuar in the last lap.

Kasma started from the second row and it took him five laps to catch up with the leading pack led by Azroy and Mohd Akid Aziz.

With Akid in sight, Kasma bid his time before making his move in the ninth lap. One down and one to go.

His eyes were now set on Azroy.

As the gap between the two narrowed, Azroy put up a defensive display. But Kasma again laid low before pouncing.

He saw a gap, capitalised on it and powered his way past Azroy at Turn 1 in the final lap.

With Azroy hot in pursuit, Kasma held his advantage all the way to the chequered flag with a time of 16:33.906, a mere 0.083 in front of Azroy.

This was Kasma’s first win since December 2018 and also his first since returning to Cub Prix following his Moto2 stint in the World Championship.

Akid trailed in third place with 16:37.192.

“At the start of the weekend, we were struggling to find the right gear and suspension for this track,” said Kasma, who is now fifth in the standings.

“But by the time we got into qualifying and super pole, I was beginning to feel confident.

“This is a technical track with 11 turns cramped into 1.3km.

“During the final race, I was basically waiting for Azroy to show signs of fatigue. The moment I spotted a chance at Turn 1, I just went for it.”

Azroy, however, remains in the lead for the title chase with 103 points while Petronas Sprinta Yamaha-CKJ Racing Team’s Ahmad Afif Amran is second with 71 points. After two third-place finishes in Terengganu, Akid is third with 70 points.

In the CP125 and Wira categories, it was a weekend of doubles with Ipone Yamaha YY Pang Racing Team rider Mohd Adib Rosley (CP125) and Castrol Power1 Honda Team rider Mohd Harith Haziq Zamri (Wira) winning both races.

RESULTS

Round Six

CP150: 1. Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin (Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor) 16:33.906, 2. Azroy Hakeem Anuar (Honda Yuzy Idemitsu Team) 16:33.989, 3. Mohd Akid Aziz (ONEXOX TKKR Racing Team), 16:37.192.

Leading standings: 1. Azroy Hakeem Anuar 103 pts, 2. Ahmad Afif Amran (Petronas Sprinta Yamaha-CKJ Racing) 71, 3. Mohd Akid Aziz 70.

CP125: 1. Mohd Adib Rosley (Ipone Yamaha YY Pang Racing Team) 13:12.619, 2. Mohd Firdaus Mohd Hamdan (Moto1 Koyoko Honda KC Racing Team) 13:12.759, 3. Mohd Harith Farhan Baharin (Yamaha Tuneboss Pink Racing) 13:16.066.

Leading standings: 1. Mohd Adib Rosley 114 pts, 2. Mohd Fareez Afeez Abd Rahman (Ipone Yamaha YY Pang Racing Team) 94, 3. Mohd Syafiq Rosli (Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor) 89.

Wira: 1. Mohd Harith Haziq Zamri (Castrol Power1 Honda Team) 10:40.218, 2. Mohd Farid Hakimi Farid Sezli (Idemitsu DFZ Yam Honda Racing) 10:40.530, 3. Mohd Aqil Danial Nasrul (Petronas Sprinta Yamaha-31 Racing) 10:48.591.

Leading standings: 1. Mohd Aqil Danial Nasrul Petronas Sprinta Yamaha-31 Racing) 107 pts, 2. Mohd Harith Haziq Zamri 99, 3. Danial Johan (Petronas Sprinta Yamaha-31 Racing) 91.

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