PETALING JAYA: Brothers Elly Idzlianizar and Elly Idzliaikmal Ilias want to bring back the glory days of Suzuki in local motorcycle racing.
The Suzuki FortyOne Racing riders have the same goal although they race in different classes in the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship.
Elly Idzlianizar did not have a good start in the Premier CP130 category when mechanical failure saw him retire early in the season opener in Batu Kawan.
This was followed by another poor showing in Terengganu, despite being amongst the top five fastest in the free practice sessions. All his hard work went to waste when Elly finished a dismal 15th following a collision with Wan Mohd Hadri Wan Mukhtar of team Pachie Yuzy Honda Racing.
Younger sibling Elly Idzliaikmal had a better start to the season, coming in eighth in Round 1 but retired after only one lap during the CP115 race in Round 2.
But the brothers intend to regain lost ground in the third round at Stadium Utama Kangar this weekend.
“The first two rounds were tough. After my DNF in Round 1, we had a major step-up in the free practice sessions in the following round but things backfired in the timed practice and final. It’s quite disappointing to start the season this way but that’s racing. You lose more than you win. What’s important is that you never give up and always look forward to the next race,” said Elly Idzlianizar.
“In addition, with team Suzuki FortyOne Racing being the only Suzuki-supported team on the Cub Prix grid, we have the added responsibility of bringing back the Suzuki glory days. In the past, Suzuki riders virtually monopolised the sport with spectacular wins by legends such as M. Meganathan and Wazi Abdul Hamid.”