PASIR GUDANG: The raging fire at the Johor Port here is under control but the riders of the 54 teams in the Honda Wave 100/EX5 Dream 4-Hour Endurance are ready to burn rubber at the Johor Circuit today.
To ensure that the heat is on, the organisers have brought in a bomoh from Pontian to prevent the late afternoon thunderstorms which have become a daily occurrence lately.
Defending champion Tai Seng Kooi, who said on Friday that the weather would not be a problem went a step further yesterday, predicting a 1-2 finish for his team – Tai Seng Kooi Motorsport.
“I am not only confident of retaining my title but I am also quite confident that my other team in the endurance race will make it a 1-2 finish for us,” said the 46-year-old former Malaysian Superbike champion.
Seng Kooi will renew his partnership with M. Meganathan, with whom he won the title in 2004, while his partner last year Mohd Faizal Ahmad will team-up with Zulkifli Muhamed.
Last year, Seng Kooi and Mohd Faizal completed 98 laps (370km) on the 3.86km on just 15 litres of fuel to shut out 72 other teams to take the chequered flag and the RM3,500 prize money.
Today, 108 riders will see action. Said Seng Kooi said: “It is the battle of fitness. Only the fittest will survive on this challenging course.”
Meanwhile, an international field will do battle for honours in the Honda Asean Superstar One Make Race. There are two categories in this race – the Asean Superstar Wave 125cc and the Asean Superstar SBR 150cc.
Seventeen entries have been received for both categories with riders from Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, Japan, Thailand and Singapore vying for honours.