01 Dec YACR:RACE REPORT
Hong Leong Yamaha riders gets a confidence boost ahead of the PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship finale this 7 and 8 December at Shah Alam having made their presence felt in an intense 10th Yamaha Asean Cup Race (YACR) in Indonesia last weekend.
The annual event saw Mohd Adib Rosley and Mohd Izzat Zaidi Salehan bounce back from a difficult Race 1 to take the honours in Race 2 of their respective categories at the Sentul International Circuit.
Adib who just completed his campaign in the Asia Road Racing Championship appeared victorious with 18’26.005s in the MT class which runs on Yamaha Jupiter machines. Runner up was Indonesia’s Galang Hendra with 18’26.019s followed by compatriot, Rochard Tororeh third, 18’26.051s.
Winning Race 1 of the underbone category was Herman Bass.
Explaining his win with excitement, Adib recalled, “I’m very grateful for this win. At last, I get to step on a regional level podium. Thank you to my team mates and crews for everything they have done for me and a special thanks to my manager for his great guidance. In a way, this win lifts up my spirits to perform well for the Cub Prix finale this weekend.”
Meanwhile, Mohd Izzat Zaidi Salehan was fearless to battle it out with his Asian rivals to win the ST category that features the sports production Yamaha YZF-R15 within 24’19.050s. What made it more memorable for Izzat was that this was his first time racing in an international event.
Completing the podium were steps were Thailand’s Prawat Yannawut who also won Race 1 and Sulung Giwa.
“I would like to thank Hong Leong Yamaha for selecting me to be a part of the Malaysian team. Although earlier on this whole thing was hard enough as I have no prior experience riding full frame bikes and furthermore this was my first time racing here in Indonesia. But with the right setup from my mechanics, I managed to bring home a medal,” said a delighted Izzat.
Indonesian’s dominant form however saw the host bagged their sixth overall team title at the championship with 188 points followed by Thailand (177 points) and Malaysia (116 points) after cumulative scores in both classes.
The first three riders in each category won USD 1000, USD 800 and USD 600 respectively along with a trophy