PETALING JAYA: Ahmad Fazli Sham stayed on course to chalk up his fifth win of the season in the expert category after setting the fastest time during practice in Round Eight of the Petronas Sprinta AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championships in Batu Kawan yesterday.
The Shell Advance Maju Motor rider has so far won Rounds Two, Three, Five and Six earlier this season.
In the practice season yesterday, Ahmad Fazli clocked 51.741 to set the tone for today’s race.
Zamri Baba of Petronas Sprinta Ah Hong was second fastest after setting a time of 51.792 while Ahmad Fazli’s team-mate Suhadi Ali Rahmat was the third fastest with a time of 51.918.
“I am quite satisfied with my bike’s settings. I do not think we are going to make any drastic changes for the race,” said Ahmad Fazli, the overall championship leader with 133 points.
“However, I believe I still can improve my lap time. I need to work on my riding to tackle Turn Four and Turn Five smoothly.
“The two riders that I need to look out for will be Zamri and Suhadi.
“Zamri’s time is quite fast while Suhadi is an aggressive rider.
“However, I have no pressure at all.
“I just need to maintain my consistency and finish on the podium to move one step closer to the title.”
The races at the State Stadium will flag off at 9am today starting with the Wira EpG followed by the novice and expert categories.
Leading practice times
Expert: 1. Ahmad Fazli Sham (Shell Advance Maju Motor) 51.741, 2. Zamri Baba (Petronas Sprinta Ah Hong) 51.792, 3. Suhadi Ali Rahmat (Shell Advance Maju Motor) 51.918, 4. Ahmad Fuad Baharudin (Petronas Sprinta Raceline) 51.996, 5. Zulhelmi Ahmad (Petronas Sprinta Ah Hong) 52.200.
Novice: 1. Faiz Nawawi (Shell Advance Maju Motor) 55.492, 2. Affendi Rosli (Harian Metro SCK Racing) 55.882, 3. Mahadhir Raduan (Petronas Sprinta Raceline) 56.037, 4. Ridwan Bakri (Harian Metro SCK Racing) 56.158, 5. Hafiz Sharudin (KHI Helmets Racing) 56.155.
Wira EpG: 1. Shahril Izzuwan (Mingguan Sukan UZ DPP) 55:436, 2. Emir Firdaus Hasan (Motul KMC YY Pang) 55.828, 3. Muhaimin Roslan (Shell Advance Maju) 56.177, 4. Adli Salihin 56.599, 5. Shazuan Azrulizam (Petronas Sprinta Ah Hong) 56.696.