PETALING JAYA: Team Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing have named a four-man line-up in a bid to defend their CP130 team title in the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship, which revs off at Stadium Batu Kawan in Penang this weekend.
Mohd Fitri Ashraf Razali will climb up the ranks to pair up with CP130 champion Norizman Ismail, Mohd Affendi Rosli and Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman.
It’s quite an achievement as Fitri has only completed one season in the CP115 category after graduating from the Wira class in 2010.
With Fitri’s addition, Team Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing will have the biggest representation in the premier category, followed by Yamaha Maju Motor Racing’s trio of two-time CP130 champion Ahmad Fazli Sham, Abdul Muhaimin Roslan and Mohd Taufiq Roslan.
Team Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing manager Soong Chee Kieong, however, does not think that their four-man line-up would provide any substantial advantage.
“Fitri has been promoted to the CP130 this year because he showed tremendous improvement in the CP115 last season. It is never too soon because he will eventually race in the CP130 and it is good to start him young as he can adapt faster,” said Chee Kieong.
“We hope Fitri will make full use of this opportunity to gain valuable experience.
“Our riders will be astride a new model – Honda Dash – this season. It has better aerodynamics and we want Fitri to adapt to this new machine as fast as he can and the best way to do this is to put him in with the big guns.
“But we know that it will be harder to defend the title as everyone will come after us. I believe that Norizman, Affendi and Azlan stand an equal chance at lifting the crown. It will all boil down to who wants it more. Hopefully, we will have a good start this season.”