SYARIFUDDIN AZMAN INCHES CLOSER TO THE MSBK 600 TITLE

SYARIFUDDIN AZMAN INCHES CLOSER TO THE MSBK 600 TITLE

A string of five consecutive podiums has placed Mohd Syarifuddin Azman in an unassailable position to lift the 2021 MSBK 600 title

A string of five consecutive podiums has placed Mohd Syarifuddin Azman in an unassailable position to lift the 2021 MSBK 600 title. At Round 2 of the 2021 Malaysia Superbike Championship, Syarifuddin came within 6 points of winning the title in Race 2.

The battle in the MSBK 600 class began almost as soon as the race got flagged off. Adam Norrodin got off to the best start as he dove into the holeshot to take an early advantage.

With a 6-bike leading group in hot pursuit, Adam ran wide at Turn 4 on Lap 4. This error cost Adam dearly as he loses all his position at the front.

A lap later, disaster for championship contender Mohd Helmi Azman. Helmi lost control of the bike at Turn 15 and was flipped off his machine as he hit the gravel. This unfortunate incident almost ended his pursuit for the title.

Back in front, Azroy Hakeem Anuar and Ibrahim Norrodin set the race pace. At the tail end of the 6-rider leading group, Khairul Idham Pawi showed up with a surprise as he swapped his Yamaha for a Honda CBR600RR.

The battle dragged on right up to the final lap when Ibrahim snared the lead with his superior drive at the front straight. Azroy reacted almost immediately and narrowed the gap as the riders thundered down the back straight. Unfortunately for Azroy, the Honda rider ran wide again at the apex of Turn 15.

This opened the opportunity for a SIC Racing 1-2 finish with Mohd Ibrahim Norrodin in first place with 21’57.215s and Mohd Syarifuddin Azman in second with 21’57.385s. 0.043 seconds behind, Azroy came home in third.

Syarifuddin had been the most consistent rider in the MSBK 600 class to date.

“My strategy during the race is to follow. I didn’t want to get involved at the front because they were really going for it. Instead, I preferred to control my pace and wait to take advantage of any unforced errors from the leading riders,” said Syarifuddin who is now leading by 92 points.

Helmi Azman still has a mathematical chance when he managed to still finish 8th in Race 2. However, with a 19-point gap, Helmi will need nothing short of a miracle to recoup his position.

MSBK 600 RACE 2 RESULTS

  1. Mohd Ibrahim Norrodin (Yamaha, SIC Racing), 21’57.215s
  2. Mohd Syarifuddin Azman (Kawasaki, SIC Racing), 21’57.385s
  3. Azroy Hakeem Anuar (Honda, Boon Siew Honda Racing Team), 21’57.428s

MSBK 600 STANDINGS AFTER RACE 2

  1. Mohd Syarifuddin Azman (Kawasaki, SIC Racing), 92 pts
  2. Mohd Helmi Azman (Honda, Boon Siew Honda Racing Team), 73 pts
  3. Mohd Ibrahim Norrodin (Yamaha, SIC Racing), 70 pts

 

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