FAITO MOTOBERT RACING TO CONTINUE ASSAULT
Content with their pace in the first three rounds in this season's
PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship, Faito Motobert Racing sets
out for Round 4 at Bandar Makhota in Banting with high-expectations of
defending their lead in the CP130 team standings this 26 and 27 May.
26 May 2012
Represented by seniors, Ahmad Fuad Baharudin and Ahmad Fazrul Sham,
Faito Motobert Racing would be one of the dark horse team this season,
capable of creating some upsets in the CP130 pecking order . Although
they did not make it to top three in the first two rounds, both riders
were seen consistent riding with the lead pack in Batu Kawan (Round 1)
and Terengganu (Round 2) concluding it with a top five finish.
It was in Kangar (Round 3) they claimed the podium. A good start coupled
with an efficient machine allowed the duo to defend their position from
pursuing rivals to finish second and third respectively behind Elly
Idzlianizar Ilias (Suzuki FortyOne Racing) who won his home-race,
earning themselves third and fourth spot in the overall rider standings,
38 points and 33 points each. Meanwhile, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Harian
Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing) tops the chart with 54 points followed by
Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi (Pachie Yuzy Honda Racing) second, 45 points.
Additionally, Fuad and Fazrul's consistency bagging points places Faito
Motobert Racing on top of the CP130 team standings with 71 points, a
five point (66 points) advantage over Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda
Racing 2 represented by Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman and rookie, Mohd Fitri
Asraf Razali while Pachie Yuzy Honda Racing comes in third via Wan Mohd
Hadri Wan Mukhtar and Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi with 52 points.
Pleased with the team's direction, team manager Rosnizam Mohd Noor
commented, "We are a relatively new team in the Championship with last
season being our debut. So to start our second season with Fuad and
Fazrul constantly coming in top five and we are now leading the team
standings is quite overwhelming because we didn't think it was possible
considering how strong the opponents are," he said.
He went on to add on the team's performance and said, "We possess a good
mix of elements. While last year we placed our hopes on young upcoming
riders, this season we banked on veterans who has a lot more experience
and so far everthing has been going well. The duo are spot on when it
comes to technical feedback given their years of involvement in Cub
Prix, making it easier for the mechanics to develop the bikes and giving
the team a tactical advantage over rivals.
"However it took us some time to get there. We overlooked some parts in
Batu Kawan and this cost Fuad who was in lead to drop back fifth while
in Terengganu, Fazrul stood a good chance to fight for the podium but a
crash during warm up left him with an injured hand affecting his pace
during the race. But come Kangar, we had all the right pieces together
and both riders delivered superior pace to finish on the podium," he
Although content, Rosnizam views its far too soon to get comfortable as
there is still a long way to go before the season ends. "It's hard to
say what will happen next but we are certain the other teams will
definitely fight back since we are still in the early parts of the
season and most of them still in search of setup. Given this scenario,
we intend to double our efforts for the upcoming race in Banting with
hopes of defending our lead in the team standings by aiming for the
chequered flag if not another double top five finish," added the former
Cub Prix rider.
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