Hafiq Azmi: What next for baby hulk?

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The conclusion of the largest motorcycle racing world championship competition recently clearly displays how the Spanish riders are currently dominating the top level of each classes. But it is no secret that they have some of the most advance development program and being backed up by a few of them huge teams on the Spaniard ground. For us in Malaysia on the other hand, there are only a few teams that are directly involved with the premier level of motorcycle racing currently. That somehow put a little disadvantage to our upcoming riders that clearly has the talent to go even further.

Hafiq Azmi is among those riders, a name that we rarely mention and seldom being the center of attention by the fans of motorcycle racing here in Malaysia. Now why is that? Obviously, the 2014 season for Hafiq Azmi has been a difficult one and that proves to be one of the biggest contributing factor to why he was being left behind in terms of publicity and probably moral support as well. Our test rider had personally ridden along side with Hafiq Azmi during his training session at the Elite Speedway circuit a few months back. Quoting the word from our own test rider “Hafiq is such a talented rider and probably a naturally quick rider in the pool of our current world championship riders, I’m not expected to be able to chase him on the circuit; but it’s just amazing to see how quickly he disappears from my sight after just 1 lap and it’ll be a shame if he’s not given another opportunity to prove his worthiness in the Moto3 next year (2015)”

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After looking at the 2015 riders entry, we are quite disappointed to see that there’s no Hafiq Azmi to be competing in the class next year. In a recent statement by SIC, the team that was responsible in managing Hafiq Azmi for his run in the Moto3 class this year; they are no longer to support the Ampang based rider. This was all due to his less than impressive showing in the 2014 season, although the 18 years old Hafiq did managed to score 3 points on his home grand prix in Sepang recently; it was deemed a little bit too late to impress the management of SIC Racing Team. The Malaysian Moto3 outfit however signed the Malaysian hotshot Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Jakub Kornfeil of Czech Republic. The decision to sign these two riders is a no brainer since the SIC team are looking to be competitive in 2015 Moto3 campaign.

But what is next for our own Baby Hulk, the previously #34 rider seems to be silence with his future at this moment. Us in Malaysian Riders will be looking to get in touch with Hafiq in the near future to know more of his plan and if there is any offers or approach by him to get a placement in any of the team for Moto3 next year. For us in Malaysian Riders, we clearly see that Hafiq is the man to be developed further as he has been racing in the top level for quite a while in his youth. At 18 years old, he certainly has a great long years ahead to become of the best rider from Malaysia to compete in the world championship. But at this moment, everything seems to be in a dark and that doesn’t look good for him.

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Stay tune with us for more updates soon and we will do our very best to support Hafiq Azmi along with all the other Malaysian rising stars of motorcycle racing. The future of Malaysian motorsports especially in 2 wheels segment are looking great but let’s not be complacent and mismanaging the current pool of riders that we have right now. Spain gets to be at the top of the world in 2 wheels motorsports now for a reason, they’ve spent years of developing their athletes and certainly giving them the opportunities to work for their future. Hang out with us for more motorsports update on FACEBOOK and our YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

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KTM RC250R

Now now, do not get too excited just yest. This is not a street model from KTM in the 250 market, but this is the Moto 3 bike that has been made for the public to own with a price tag that most people can’t  even afford. But hey, this is almost identical to the Moto3 bike that you see on the Moto3 race even though it has some reduced specs but it is possible to make this production race bike in the same way as the Moto3 bike too.

Well if you are ever interested in owning such bike, the price to pay is USD54,000 which is  roughly around RM166,000 without even considering all the wonderful taxes we have for automobile goods. Well let’s just say, you have to be almost a millionaire in Malaysia just to own such bike. But from this bike, we can at least predict that there will be a street model of KTM in the future to cater a small displacement sportsbike.

Below is the spec to the bike:

TECHNICAL DATA OF THE KTM RC 250 R (Production Racer 2013)

DRIVE
Motor: Single cylinder, 4-stroke motor, DOHC
Displacement: 249.5 ccm
Bore/Hub: 81/48.5 mm
Performance: min. 37 kW at 13.000 revs/min
Max. Torque: 28 Nm at 11.000 revs/min
Compression ratio: 14,5:1
Starter/Battery: External starter / 12 V 0.8 Ah
Transmission: Cassette transmission, 6 gears, 3 options
Mixture preparation: Oval throttle body, 2 injection jets, Ø 50 equivalent
Cooling: Water cooler + oil-water heat exchanger
Generator: 12 V / 70 W
Lubrication: Semi-dry sump, 1 pressure and 2 suction pumps
Primary drive: Straight toothed: 2 transmission options
Valve drive: chain driven, intermediate wheel, radial arranged valves and DLC coated rocker arms
Clutch: Multiple disk clutch in oil bath
Motor management/ignition: GET by Athena ECU, GET by Athena Software MAYA EVO, adjustable motor brake/traction control/launch control/fuel mapping/ignition mapping/pit lane limiter, automatic switch, Interface for data recording

CHASSIS
Frame: Steel tubular frame, steering head and adjustable swing arm pivot
Subframe: one piece Wethje carbon subframe
Swing arm: Upside down formed, welded aluminum
Handlebar: Full aluminum clamps, exchangeable handlebar
Front suspension: WP RCMA 3548 fork Ø35 mm, adjustable spring preload suspension, compression and rebound damping adjustable over 20 levels
Rear suspension: WP BAVP 4618 shock absorber, adjustable length, hydraulic preload adjuster, High-/Low-Speed- compression damping and rebound damping over 20 levels
Triple clamp: cast aluminum, adjustable, 28/30 mm offset
Front brakes: Brembo single disk braking system 290 mm, radial brake caliper and radial hand brake cylinder
Rear brakes: Braking-brake disks 190 mm, Formula radial brake caliper and formula brake cylinder
Front/rear wheels: OZ forged aluminum 2.5 x 17’’ / 3.5 x 17’’
Tires front and rear: Dunlop 95/75-R17 / 115/75-R17 Moto3 M Slick
Chain: 415 chain, rear sprocket 16 – 18T, rear sprocket 34 – 42T
Silencer: Akrapovic Full Titanium System with silencer 107 dB (open), additional dB killer 100/103 dB
Steering head angle: ± 1° with optional steering head insets
Steering head position: ± 6 mm with optional steering head insets
Wheel base: 1210 mm ± 35 mm
Ride height: adjustable ± 6 mm
Seat height: 760 mm, adjustable ± 6 mm
Tank capacity: approx. 10.5 l
Weight without fuel: approx. 82 kg

Well with all that, we can say that it is a very good deal if you have the mean to pay for such price for the production racer. We can only imagine that it would make a fine trackday bike and yes it will be a fine race bike too. With that, please stay tune with us in Malaysian Riders and please LIKE our FACEBOOK PAGE and SUBSCRIBE to our YOUTUBE CHANNEL for more of our updates.

Wira Kebanggaan Untuk Malaysia

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Perlumbaan yang berlangsung di GP Generali De La Comunitat Valenciana baru-baru ini memang telah mengubah sejarah permotoran dunia terutamanya di Malaysia. Ia kerana anak kelahiran Banting, Selangor ini telah menaiki podium di tempat yang ketiga di litar yang terakhir sekali lagi untuk musim MotoGP kali ini.

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Memang tidak disangka-sangka bahawa Zulfahmi Khairuddin telah membuktikan bahawa pelumba Malaysia juga mampu menaiki podium walaupun bukan ditempat sendiri. Kalau dilihat dalam perlumbaan ini Zulfahmi mampu mengekalkan posisi beliau dalam kelompok yang berada dihadapan sekali sehingga ke pusingan terakhir. Zulfahmi dapat memotong rakan seperjuangannya iaitu Brad Binder daripada pasukan RW Racing GP di saat-saat akhir perlumbaan tersebut sebelum berada didalam kelompok tiga yang teratas bersama dengan pesaingnya iaitu Sandro Cortese dan Danny Kent daripada pasukan Red Bull KTM Ajo. Dengan kejayaan Zulfahmi ini dapat membuka mata rakyat Malaysia sekali lagi dan ia adalah kejayaan besar untuk pasukan AirAsia-Sic-Ajo untuk maju didalam perlumbaan Moto3 di musim akan datang nanti.

Anda boleh melihat keputusan lengkap di laman sesawang MotoGP di www.motogp.com dan anda jangan lupa untuk mengikuti laporan atau berita terkini bersama kami di Malaysian Riders dan jangan lupa untuk LIKE laman FACEBOOK kami dan SUBSCRIBE laman YOUTUBE kami.

Malang Yang Menimpa Zulfahmi

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Malang tidak berbau, hanya itu sahaja yang dapat digambarkan keadaan Zulfahmi Khairuddin ketika berlangsungnya pelumbaan di Litar Philip Island, Airasia Australian Grand Prix baru-baru ini. Beliau amat kecewa pada diri sendiri kerana tidak dapat menghabiskan pelumbaan tersebut.

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Cuma tinggal empat pusingan sahaja Zulfahmi tersasar daripada landasan dan terjatuh di bahagian sudut penjuru tersebut. Kemalangan tersebut adalah satu kerugian besar bagi Zulfahmi dan pasukan AirAsia-Sic-Ajo dalam musim ini. Jentera yang ditunggang oleh Zulfahmi mengalami masalah teknikal dan ia juga salah satu punca mengapa beliau terjatuh.

Kami berharap Zulfahmi dapat tabahkan hati dan pertingkatkan lagi prestasi beliau itu. Mungkin ada hikmah disebalik itu yang kita tidak dapat bayangkan di masa akan datang. Apa pun, kami disini akan sentiasa menyokong Zulfahmi dan anda jangan lupa untuk mengikuti laporan atau berita terkini bersama kami di Malaysian Riders dan jangan lupa untuk LIKE laman FACEBOOK kami dan SUBSCRIBE laman YOUTUBE kami.

Dua Wira Malaysia

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Perlumbaan Moto3 dan Moto2 di Litar Sepang yang berlangsung semalam amat membanggakan rakyat Malaysia kerana perlumba negara sememangnya mempunyai kebolehan yang begitu tinggi dari segi pengendalian jentera masing-masing. Apa yang lebih membanggakan adalah Zulfahmi Khairuddin dapat menunjukkan peningkatan prestasinya dirinya kepada peminatnya dimana beliau mampu menempah tempat yang ke-2 di Litar Sepang semalam.

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Perlumbaan semalam sememangnya yang terbaik untuk musim ini kerana kedua-dua perlumba negara mampu bersaing dengan penuh semangat walaupun keadaan cuaca yang tidak baik dan merbahaya. Dalam kategori Moto3, Zulfahmi mendapat catatan masa pertama untuk pusingan terpantas (Fastest Laps) iaitu 2’15.142. Bagi Kategori Moto2, Hafizh Syahrin tidak dapat pertahankan tempat pertama selepas beliau memotong Gino Rea daripada kumpulan Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 dan hanya mampu bertahan di tempat yang ke-4 sahaja. Dalam perlumbaan Moto2, Hafizh sahaja yang berani untuk menunggang jentera dalam keadaan yang ekstrem walaupun waktu itu keadaan permukaan litar agak licin dan basah.

Kita sebagai rakyat Malaysia sepatutnya berbangga dengan dua wira negara ini kerana mereka mampu buktikan kepada perlumba negara lain bahawa mereka juga bukannya persaing yang boleh diambil remeh-temeh. Jadi untuk dapatkan maklumat terkini, teruskan bersama kami di Malaysian Riders dan jangan lupa untuk LIKE laman FACEBOOK kami dan SUBSCRIBE laman YOUTUBE kami.

Demam MotoGP 2012

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MotoGP 2012 di Litar Sepang, Malaysia, ini adalah kemuncak penantian kepada seluruh peminat motosikal di Malaysia dan mungkin juga ada yang tidak sabar lagi untuk menjejakkan kaki di Sepang International Circut (S.I.C) nanti. Perlumbaan MotoGP ini terbahagi kepada 3 kategori iaitu MotoGP, Moto2 dan Moto3 dengan berdasarkan kelas motosikal itu sendiri.

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Upacara pembukaan dalam sesi latihan di GRAN PREMIO IVECO DE ARAGÓN telah dijalankan pada 28 September 2012 baru-baru ini. Wakil perlumba motosikal Malaysia iaitu Zulfahmi Khairuddin daripada kumpulan AirAsia-Sic-Ajo telah menunjukkan prestasi yang membrangsangkan dalam sesi latihan ini. Zulfahmi cuba pertingkat lagi kemahirannya untuk 2 perlumbaan yang bakal dia hadapi ini sebelum ke Litar Sepang, Malaysia. Kalau boleh kita hendak lihat anak jati Malaysia menaiki podium pertama yang mendapat tahta juara disini nanti.

Pelbagai persiapan dibuat oleh AirAsia-Sic-Ajo untuk Zulfahmi dan dia mungkin akan cuba sehabis baik untuk merampas tahta tersebut nanti. Sekarang ini masih terdapat 1 tempat perlumbaan MotoGP yang belum dijalankan lagi sebelum sampai ke Litar Sepang, Malaysia.

 

 

 

Jentera KTM Moto3 untuk Dijual?

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Jentera berkapasiti 250cc yang digunakan sama seperti pelumba negara Zulfahmi Khairuddin yang beraksi dalam kejuaraan dunia Moto3 kini boleh dimiliki. Namun, ia bukanlah untuk kegunaan diatas jalan raya, ia merupakan jentera yang hampir menyamai spesifikasi perlumbaan Moto3 dan dikhususkan untuk perlumbaan sahaja atau kegunaan dalam litar sahaja.

Hadir dengan pakej perlumbaan yang lengkap dan hampir sama dengan jentera Moto3 yang beraksi dalam kejohanan dunia, ia pasti menjanjikan prestasi jentera yang hebat bagi pemiliknya untuk berlumba dalam kategori yang sama. Spesifikasi yang diberikan dari KTM ini dikatakan boleh diberikan naik taraf bagi menyerupai dengan jentera KTM Moto3 yang sebenar.

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Namun seperti biasa, harga bagi sesebuah jentera lumba bukanlah datang dengan murah. Menurut sumber yang kami terima, harga yang diletakkan adalah didalam lingkungan RM172,864 untuk sebuah jentera. Seluk poket masing-masing sebelum bercita-cita untuk memiliki jentera ini. Apapun, seperti apa yang pernah kami bincangkan sebelum ini. Jentera untuk kegunaan atas jalan turut berada dalam perancangan pihak KTM ini dengan kapasiti 350cc yang mungkin menggegar pasaran dalam tempoh 2 tahun lagi.

Untuk maklumat dan informasi tentang pembelian jentera diatas yang dibuka tempahannya sehingga oktober tahun ini boleh didapatkan dari laman utama KTM. Teruskan bersama kami di Malaysian Riders untuk berita yang terkini dan maklumat lanjut pada masa akan datang.