Hours at Suzuka will help Helmi endure new Sugo experience

Determined: Mohd Helmi Azman feels that Round 3 will be competitive but he will use his skills to earn a podium finish.

PETALING JAYA: Mohd Helmi Azman of Boon Siew Honda Racing Team is pumped up for the third round of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) at Sugo International Racing Course in Japan this weekend.

As part of his preparations for the ARRC, Helmi competed in the Suzuka 8 Hours race, which is part of the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) last weekend.Mohd Helmi AzmanMohd Helmi Azman

He has been focusing on improving his performance and endurance level in recent weeks.

“For Round 3, I have already prepared myself physically and mentally with my participation in the Suzuka 8 Hours race.

“I will take the experience that I have gained in Suzuka to Sugo and give it my best shot.

“Sugo is very new for me but it will be a good learning curve for me,” said Helmi, the 2020 national cub prix champion.

Helmi feels that Round 3 will be a very competitive race but the Honda CBR600RR rider aims to use his skills to earn a podium finish.

“All riders aim for the best. As such, the race will be a highly competitive one in my opinion.

“The only thing that we can do as a rider is to prepare ourselves mentally and physically to embrace the challenge.

“My aim is to perfect my skills in the race so I can have a victorious moment.”

Competing in the SS600 category, Helmi graced the podium twice in Round 1 at the Chang International Circuit in March.

In Race 1, he settled for second place but claimed victory in Race 2.

Unfortunately, he could not continue his winning streak as he slid to fourth in Race 1 of Round 2 at Sepang in May.

However, he bounced back in style to take the chequered flag in Race 2.

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