Title-holder Ahmad finally breaks Kluang jinx


PETALING JAYA: Defending champion Ahmad Fazli Sham (pic) capitalised on his experience to take his first chequered flag of the season in the second leg of the Petronas Sprinta AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship at Stadium Kluang, Johor yesterday.

The Shell Advance Maju Motor rider completed the 15-lap race in a time of 12:08.485 while his closest rival Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman of Petronas Sprinta Ah Hong had to settle for second placing clocking 12:10.252.

Fazli’s younger brother, Ahmad Fazrul was more than happy to finish third (12:16.726) from 10th position on the starting grid.

The 26-year old Fazli, who started on pole, made no mistake once the red lights went off. He took advantage of his position to spring into the lead and held on to it until the finish line.

“My machine has improved tremendously compared to the first round but I did not expect to win. Kluang has never been a good venue for me. It was either I had mechanical problem or I crashed out. My best here before today (yesterday) was only a fourth placing. Finally, I am glad to break the jinx and score my first win here,” said Fazli.

The results leave Fazrul leading the overall championship standings with 41 points, ahead of Mohd Affendi Rosli (Suzuki Harian Metro SCK) and Fazli who has 33 and 32 points respectively.

The next stop of the championship will be at the Sepang International Circuit (South Track) from May 3-4.

RESULTS

Expert: 1. Ahmad Fazli Sham (Shell Advance Maju Motor) 12:08.485, 2. Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Petronas Sprinta Ah Hong) 12:10.252, 3. Ahmad Fazrul Sham (Shell Advance Maju Motor) 12:16.726.

Novice: 1. Mohd Adli Salihin (Motul KMC YY Pang) 9:49.066, 2. Mohd Emir Firdaus Hassan (Motul KMC YY Pang) 9:49.613, 3. Abdul Muhaimin Roslan (Shell Advance Maju Motor) 9:54.609.

Wira epg: 1. Ahmad Abdul Kadir (Faito Boon Kui Racing) 8:18.742, 2. Zaidy Md Zaifaizal (Motul KMC YY Pang) 8:19.886, 3. Shazuan Azrulizam 8:20.690.

Overall standings

Expert: 1. Ahmad Fazrul Sham (Shell Advance Maju Motor) 41 points, 2. Mohd Affendi Rosli (Suzuki Harian Metro SCK) 33, 3. Ahmad Fazli Sham (Shell Advance Maju Motor) 32.

Novice: 1. Mohd Adli Salihin (Motul KMC YY Pang) 41, 2. Abdul Muhaimin Roslan (Shell Advance Maju Motor) 41, 3. Mohd Emir Firdaus Hassan (Motul KMC YY Pang) 40.

Wira epg: 1. Ahmad Abd Kadir (Faito Boon Kui Racing) 50, 2. Zaidy Md Zaifaizal (Motul KMC YY Pang) 36, 3. Mohd Azwan Md Ridwan 31.

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