Race 1, Round 1 of the Malaysia Superbike Championship was off to a fantastic start today at the Sepang International Circuit. Md Irfan Haykal of Boon Siew Honda Racing Team took his first win for the season in the MSBK250 A race category.

During the qualifying session earlier today, Irfan Haykal of Boon Siew Honda Racing Team clocked in the fastest lap time at 2’27:983s, taking the pole-position for the weekend and adding on to his advantage at the circuit. Second fastest was teammate Farid Hakimi at 2’28:116s. Geoffrey Revivan Emmanuel of Gusto Racing India logged third fastest at 2’30:956s.

Irfan was seen fleeing ahead from his pole-position as soon as the race flagged off. He immediately dominated the circuit followed by his teammate Farid at P2. By the end of lap 2, Geoffrey who was at P4 pushed ahead into P3. By the end of lap 3, Irfan had drawn a gap of 8.810s away from Farid. The trio seemed comfortable with their positions and their momentum as Irfan went on to draw a wider gap. With another two more laps to go, Geoffrey went on to try his luck to close the gaps with Farid but Farid kept his composure as he went on with the final lap. Before the lap ended, Geoffrey struck and took P2.

Meanwhile, Irfan was on his way to his first victory for the season. At the final lap, the battle between Farid and Geoffrey heated up. The duo entangled in an exchange of positions but Geoffrey kept his composure. At the final turn however, Farid took a slide from the outside and overtook Geoffrey before one last push towards the finish line.

Irfan clocked in at 19’52:243s with a gap of 15.329s.

Commenting on the race, Irfan said, “The machine has been really good for the race today. On my part, I tried to stay consistent and progressively drew a gap with my rider behind me. I must say that it was a great race and I have been really comfortable riding the machine. I am grateful for the win today.”

Teammate Md Farid Hakimi took the second spot at 20’08:730s.

Geoffrey made it third at 20’08:769s.


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