It was a great performance by Azlan Shah of the Idemitsu Honda Asia Moto 2 team yesterday during his qualifying session at the Indianapolis round. From most of the fans here in Malaysia, the result came with a positive notes that our rider is as competitive as any other rider in the world championship in the sport of motorcycle racing at this moment. But all of it came not just by a day of hard work. Azlan has been putting great effort towards the development of himself as a rider and as an athlete in achieving a state of focus and readiness to compete. The following is an official release by the team’s media reps in Malaysia.
In an incredibly tight outing that saw less than a second separate the top 18 riders, the Idemitsu Honda Team Asia rider broke his best lap time from last year early into the session with 1’37.157s and was seen riding in sixth momentarily before dropping to 12th at the end of the qualifying. He will start the 25-lap race alongside Dominique Aegerter and Sandro Cortese.
Meanwhile Spaniard, Alex Rins will head the Moto2 field from pole having posted the quickest lap in 1’36.549s with reigning Moto2 Champion, Tito Rabat and Mika Kallio locking out front row. Azlan’s teammate, Takaaki Nakagami is set to take off from second row. “We finally found a good setup in FP3, especially on the front and braking and this allowed me to drop my lap time significantly. I am very pleased we finally found a way forward. For the race tomorrow I hope to make a good start and have a good fight with the frontrunners. If possible, I would like to score maximum points,” said the 2013 Asian SuperSports 600cc Champion.
With the rest of the PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship contingent taking some time-off racing, top-performers of the 2014 Asia Dream Cup series got the chance to test actual Honda Moto3 machines at the Pasir Gudang Circuit in Johor.The two-day test that began on Monday was attended by reigning Champion and FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship bound, Khairul Idham Pawi from Malaysia, Syunya Mori from Japan, India’s Sarath Kumar, Taiwan’s Chuang An-Yu and Aditya Pangestu and Andi Farid from Indonesia.
India’s Sumit Loucs Toppo was supposed to be in attendance as well but had to pull out last minute due to unforeseen circumstances.This is the first time that the Asia Dream Cup Moto3 test was held at the Pasir Gudang Circuit. For the past two years the test was immediately done at the Losail Circuit following the conclusion of the PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship.Boon Siew Honda Snd Bhd Motorsports Manager, Rodney Peh reported a ‘positive’ conclusion to the proceedings having evaluated the riders performance on the Honda NSF250R Moto3 machines.
“Our objectives letting the riders test the Moto3 machines is to give them exposure and reward them for their good performance in last year’s Asia Dream Cup. We believe the experience gained here is crucial for them especially for Khairul who will be making a switch to the Moto3 Junior World Championship this season,” he said. “Overall we had a very good test and the weather has been great. All the riders got the chance to test an actual race bike with factory components, a different chassis and engine specifications as opposed to the production bike they use in the ADC. All of them were very pleased and happy to be given this rare opportunity.”
“This test was also beneficial for the engineers as well. It gave them the platform to understand the technical side of maintaining and preparing a Moto3 machine,” he added
It was about a week ago from this article’s date, the 3rd consecutive round of Kuala Selangor King of 2T 2014 was held successfully at the small and humble circuit of Kuala Selangor. The clubman type racing series was introduced back in June 2014 and it has been growing ever since it’s first inception. This actually shows how our motorsports scene is in a healthy condition and with such a high demand for more of an affordable type of motoring activity.
Our local informer at the circuit of Kuala Selangor and even some of our friends who were participating in the event shared their enthusiasm with us in Malaysian Riders with some facts and figures of the event. To make it short, the event shows a significant improvement in terms of support and it’s participants as well. The King of 2T had grown more than 4 times in it’s size from it’s first event with the latest being participated by more than 270 riders from all kind of categories.
Impressive really, considering the stature of the event and the lack of funding that they had in organizing it. Kudos to the team of Inspiration Motorsports Club along with it’s associates and even the local youth governing body that was involved in making the event a reality. Being a 2T event, which meant that it consists of an army of 2 strokes machinery from all kind of makes and classes. This surely can be an interesting sight to those who enjoy the classic feels; sounds and smell of the 2 stroke motorcycles.
The premier class of the series, or should we say the KING OF THE KING category which consisted of a mixed open exhaust modification 150cc bikes was an absolute thriller to watch. At least, that was what our informer told us. The category won by Ahrah Ahmad followed by a second place finish by M.Fikri and a third place finish by M.Zahier. We can be sure that these lads are certainly overjoyed with their achievement and we can only say that they should be working harder to improve themselves for the upcoming events to come.
As always, Malaysian Riders are delighted to bring you the kind of stories that are purely made by passion and this King of 2T 2014 is a great example of that. We would like to urge more riders and bikers out there to join in and support the kind of event that involves proper motorsports enthusiasm similar to this. For that, please do stay tune with us on FACEBOOK and feel free to SUBSCRIBE to our YOUTUBE CHANNEL to enjoy more of this amazing motoring and motorsports contents.
Rising SuperSports 600cc rider, Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi is hoping to carry his winning momentum from Indonesia to the Autopolis Circuit in Japan for Round Three of the PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship this weekend. His third year competing in the premiere class, the Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing rider shocked the ARRC quartet in at the Sentul Circuit last June to secure his maiden SuperSports 600cc victory in Race 2 in a hard fought battle against his more experienced peers.
Zaqhwan had also impressed in the qualifying to earn his career’s first front row start before transforming it into a sixth place finish in Race 1. “I am still over the moon from our success in Indonesia. It was my best performance to date since stepping into the SuperSports 600cc and I want to keep the momentum rolling in Japan this weekend,” said Zaqhwan. The 19-year old however maintains a modest target to just finish on the podium rather than gunning for a win knowing that the 4.673 kilometre is home to SuperSports 600cc heavyweight, Katsuaki Fujiwara of Beet Kawasaki Racing.
“Although I am very happy with the win, I will not let it get to my head. I will need to score a lot more wins and podiums before putting myself on the same level with the usual frontrunners.” “We approach the Autopolis track with a realistic mindset because this is Kawasaki’s homeground and they have yet to lose a race here. In that sense my target is just to finish on the podium but if there is an opportunity to grab the chequered flag, I will not hesitate to take it. Hopefully my teammates, Zamri Baba and Makoto Tamada can help me,” said Zaqhwan.
Zaqhwan’s impressive form puts him fourth in the overall standing with 46 points, 20 points shy from teammate and championship leader, Mohd Zamri Baba who has 66 points under his belt. Sandwiched between the two Honda riders are Kawasaki’s Yudhistira and Katsuaki Fujiwara with 59 points and 49 points.
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If it is every rider’s dream to make it to the world championships, then for team owners, the dream would be to grow their establishment to the point where they too, would be running an outfit at the international level. For former Malaysian GP rider Shahrol Yuzy Ahmad Zaini, this dream has been the motivation factor behind his relentless efforts to continue developing more Malaysian riders with international potential.
Yuzy’s eye for talent and ability to inspire the best from his riders has been proven not just once but twice. First with Zulfahmi Khairuddin, and most recently through Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi’s creditable World SuperSports wildcard foray in the inaugural Malaysian round of the World Superbike Championship where the 19-year old made an impression to finish ninth in the Supersports category.
However, Yuzy believes that his work is far from done and is not one to rest on his laurels based on the achievements of his proteges. “When I first hung up my racing boots, my dream was to eventually take Yuzy Racing international. But that is something that requires many years of hard work before it can come to fruition. That is the reason why this year, I have expanded our operations at the Asian region by collaborating with a Japanese team, T.Pro Innovation headed by Yusuke Teshima,” said Yuzy.
Together, they form Team T.Pro Yuzy Honda in the 2014 PETRONAS FIM Asia Road Racing Championship line-up and features an international 6-rider stable comprising of three SuperSports 600cc riders and three Underbone 130cc riders. In the premiere class, the team manages yet another former Moto2 rider Tomoyoshi Koyama alongside Satoru Iwata and Indonesian ace M. Fadli Immammuddin. In the Underbone class, the team is represented by two Malaysian riders Mohd Rozaiman Said and Mohd Amirul Ariff Musa as well as Japanese rookie Taiga Hada.
On paper, both team owners share a lot of similarities. Both are former riders who have made it into the international scene. But more importantly, both are driven by their passion for developing young Asian riders. “We are working together because we both want to keep the original dream alive. By the term ‘original dream’, we mean placing riders at the world championships by our own path, and running our own international outfit,” Yuzy explained.
“In the past, riders initially identified and then developed by the national teams must leave the team in order to race at the regional and international level. A good example right now would be Zaqhwan who races for my team in the national championship but represents MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda the factory team, in the Asian region. That is good for the rider but it also means that there is little chance for the team to grow alongside the talent that we have developed,” he added.
“By working together with team T.Pro Innovation, Yuzy Racing with our expertise in Underbone racing becomes the training ground for young Japanese riders who have just graduated from pocket bikes. When these riders are ready to step up to the higher capacities, we now have a natural conduit to the SuperSports 600cc category. For now, at the initial stages of our partnership, you could say that we are something of a one-stop shop for developing riders. Eventually, we hope to also mould our team into a pipeline for Asian riders into the world level,” Yuzy concluded.
With the posting of our pre-show film as of today, it marks our real comeback to the scene of motorcycling show to the world. Well that is quite a statement, but hey; we are aiming high to achieve a supreme quality with our motorcycling show. In terms of visual and also, the quality of the content itself. We have been working hard to ensure that we met the pre-determined scheduled set by our founder and surely we are looking good to achieve that.
Therefore, be sure to stay tune to our youtube channel whether you are watching from mobile, computers or maybe even your 42-inch television. We are excited to share with every single one of you viewers that we will be reducing our production of films starting this year to ensure better preparation and quality to the films we are making. It will be a little bit similar to the approach of our beloved inspiration “BBC Top Gear”. Or at least, that’s what we think.
Below are the scheduled films to be released by episode from our Malaysian Riders production team:
BMW HP4: A Retold Story
Ducati Hypermotard: TBC Title
Kayo MiniGP: Budget Racer For All
Kawasaki Z1000: The Z Series
Aprilia Capanord: Journey to the Sea of Red
Honda 500 Series: TBC Title
Those are currently the films that will be made by our production team and we shall ensure all of it be made into this year’s 2014 show. Some of you might be thinking. why there are so little films to be released. Not to be worried, these are just the main films that we call as our “premium effort”. There are surely more than 20 films to be made this year ranging from all kind of bikes, regardless of their capacity.
Following from our collaboration with Motomalaya.Netwe will be releasing lots and lots of films on the smaller bikes to cater our local viewers and yes, it will be done in Malay language with subtitles to accompany it; just in case.
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Now, we understand clearly that this is not the latest news about this particular model on the motoring news lately. We certainly don’t intend to be the first at telling you readers about this scooter just like everybody else in the motoring media arena. But we certainly wants to give you a piece of our opinion towards this new product by Boon Siew Honda or at least their latest entry to the market.
The NSS300 Forza Scooter, the name sounds impressive to our ears. But is it really that impressive to be ridden? Well that is a question that we ourselves don’t have the answer yet, but since their PCX150; we are quite confident that this is another product by Honda that you just can’t go wrong with. But that doesn’t mean it can give you the excitement or that certain feeling of exclusivity of riding a scooter, well that is all remains to be seen. If and only if, we can have a go with it at some point.
The mid-sized scooter comes with a 279cc liquid cooled SOHC 4-stroke engine that said to delivered 19kW at 7.5k RPM and max torque of 26Nm at 5k of rpm. Now that is not the most impressive engine performance that we’ve seen since our involvement in the motoring industry. But this is a scooter, what more do you expect from one? For us, the introduction of this model will give more option to the people in Malaysia for a mid-sized scooter that has the looks and performance to be purchased. But do we really need more mid-sized scooter here in Malaysia? Are we really the kind of society that loves these kinds of product or machine?
The answer is a huge YES for us. We love the idea of a scooter, ever since our test rider got the chance to really have a go with a BMW C600 Sport recently. He gave us his thought on how the practicality of a scooter is just beyond great. It is a superb invention that is already been around for a long time and think that this is the right time for these manufacturers to introduce more scooters or the likes of it to the market. So that people move on from those moped to this mid-sized scooter for their daily ride.
What more can be said, the price of this NSS300 doesn’t sounds absurdly expensive at all. The market and consumer shall now have a better options to play around in this scooter market and we will be seeing the growth of the trend in maybe the next couple of years. But this is all depends on how the players in the market wants to shape the industry. RM26,768 for the basic model sounds good enough but that really depends on how it performs against the test that we’ll be making. Maybe.
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