Race 1, Round 1 of Malaysia Superbike Championship revved off today at the Sepang International Circuit. Rising to the challenge and taking the win today for the MSBK1000 A race category was Azroy Hakeem Anuar of Boon Siew Honda Racing Team.

Earlier today during the qualifying session, Kasma Daniel of Yamaha Gen Blu Racing Team clocked in fastest and grabbed the pole-position at 2’06:502s. Azroy Hakeem Anuar of Boon Siew Honda Racing Team took the second spot on the grid at 2’07:417s followed by Azlan Shah of Horizon Racing Team at 2’09:121s.

The race kicked-off with Azroy taking the lead but at the second turn, Kasma overtook only for a moment before Azroy and Azlan struck to take P1 and P2. Before the lap ended, Azlan took the lead but in lap 2, Azroy once again pulled himself up into P1. By the end of lap 4, while Azroy maintained his momentum at P1, Kasma overtook Azlan. Before lap 5 ended, Azlan had a fall consequently opening the pathway for Osama at P3.

With another three laps to go, Kasma went on to close the gaps with Azroy but the Honda rider held on to his position. The intensity grew between the riders. Kasma kept finding ways to attack and finally did from the inside. Azroy managed to once again slide ahead before Kasma sped up to take the lead. The exchange of positions went on between the duo and at the final lap and the final turn, Azroy took a slide from the inside and fled ahead towards victory at 21’28:822s.

Commenting on the race, Azroy said, “This is the first-time riding aboard the new Honda and the feeling was extremely good since the practice session to the race earlier. My goal was to maintain the rhythm and to ensure a good lap time but towards the end of the race, my tires were giving way. Kasma too was quite fast so the last three laps, we both engaged in a fierce battle so it was a great race. I tried a tactic and it worked.”

At second was Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin of Yamaha Gen Blu Racing Team Asean at 21’29:081s.

Osama Mareai of Savitar Racing Team took third place at 22’37:332s.


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