KOTA BARU: Ahmad Fazli Sham is the first rider in the history of the Petronas Sprinta AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championships to score a hat-trick of wins in the expert category.
The defending champion took his third chequered flag of the season in the fourth round at Lembah Sireh here yesterday. Even a crash in the second lap did not prevent the Shell Advance Maju Motor rider from winning the 15-lap race in 11:21.362.
He pipped Mohd Iskandar Raduan of Petronas Sprinta Raceline at the finish line. The 23-year-old Iskandar, who had led the race until the last lap, clocked 11:21.408. Rookie Mohd Edzuan Ab Gani of Motul KMC YY Pang was third in 11:26.698.
“Today’s result is amazing and I had a bit of lady luck on my side. When I crashed, I thought my chance to score a hat-trick was over,” said Fazli, who fell when he attempted to overtake Iskandar.
“But I picked myself up and battled on to get closer and closer to Iskandar. I went all out in the last three laps. Iskandar make a costly mistake in the last lap and that allowed me to pip him.”
With the win, the 26-year-old Fazli takes over the lead in the overall standings from his younger brother, Fazrul. He has 82 points while Fazrul is in second place on 61 points followed by Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman of Petronas Sprinta Ah Hong on 44.
Expert: 1. Ahmad Fazli Sham (Shell Advance Maju Motor) 11:21.362, 2. Mohd Iskandar Raduan (Petronas Sprinta Raceline) 11:21.408, 3. Md Ezduan Ab Gani (Motul KMC YY Pang) 11:26.698, 4. Elly Idzlianizar Ilias (Petronas Sprinta Ah Hong) 11:33.849, 5. Ahmad Fuad Baharudin (Petronas Sprinta Raceline) 11:34.576.
Novice: 1. Md Emir Firdaus Hassan (Motul KMC YY Pang) 9:20.118, 2. Md Adli Salihin (Motul KMC YY Pang) 9:29.434, 3. Abd Muhaimin Roslan (Shell Advance Maju Motor) 9:34.242, 4. Md Rashid Abd Razak (Petronas Sprinta Raceline) 9:36.714, 5. Md Afiq Azhar (Modenas Yuzy Pachi Racing) 9:43.419.
Wira EpG: 1. Zaidy Md Zaifaizal (Motul KMC YY Pang) 7:59.622, 2. Shazuan Azrulizam 8:00.089, 3. Md Rozaiman Md Said (SKF Enduro Racing) 8:00.673, 4. Md Noor Awzan Ismail 8:08.670, 5. Md Azlan Suparman (Suzuki Top-N Racing) 8:12.637.
Yamaha GiVi Cup: 1. Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah 7:51.952, 2. Md Rozaliman Zakaria 7:54.660, 3. Md Azhar Abdul Jalil 7:56.094, 4. Abd Haffiz Rashid 7:57.022.
Honda Wave 125-S: 1. Wan Aliff Muhaimin 8:37.893, 2. Md Fitri Ashraf Razali 8:38.386, 3. Md Solehin Md Sukor 8:44.388, 4. Zulsyafiz Rosli 8:49.333, 5. Shazurwan Sharifuddin 8:49.584.