Round 1 of The Malaysia Superbike Championship Season 2023 began today at the Sepang International Circuit. Cao Viet Nam of Vietnam made the fastest lap time in the practice sessions, combined for the newly introduced Honda CBR250RR Challenge Cup.

During practice session 1, Md Haziq Hamdan clocked in fastest at 2’35:202s. Adib Hareez clocked in with the second fastest lap time at 2’37:371s followed by Nguyen Duc Thanh at 2’38:674s. In practice session 2, Cao Viet Nam clocked in his best 2’32:715s. At second fastest was Nguyen Duc Thanh at 2’33:379s followed by Haziq Hamdan at the third fastest spot with his best time at 2’33:524s.

Following the final practice, Cao Viet Nam emerged fastest in the practice sessions, combined at 2’32:715s. This would be his first time at the MSBK scene, nevertheless Viet Nam has experience riding at the circuit through his participation in the ARRC which definitely adds value to his riding techniques.

Commenting on the session, Viet Nam said, “This is my first time in the MSBK championship and I am feeling really good about it. In this race category, all the machines are similar therefore, it is much easier to anticipate the performances of other riders. I like racing in bigger groups as it injects more of adrenaline rush therefore, this race category truly fulfils what I look for in racing. The challenge would be getting used to the machine as it is a standard machine. I have to pick up riding techniques that would work well for this machine. Other than that, I am looking forward to acing in the race tomorrow and on Sunday.”

Second fastest for the day was Nguyen Duc Thanh at 2’33:379s followed by Haziq Hamdan at 2’33:524s.

The Honda CBR250RR Challenge Cup will run alongside the MSBK250 A and MSBK250 B classes for Season 2023 with a total of seven participants for this round.


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