Kasma in league of his own

New Straits Times - - Sport - Farah Azharie

KASMA Daniel Kas­mayud­din is just too quick for his ri­vals. And he doesn’t need to be in pole po­si­tion to win.

The Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Mo­tor rider duly won the Petronas Malaysia Cub Prix sea­son opener in Te­mer­loh, Pa­hang yes­ter­day.

While Kasma thrived, GM Honda Yuzy Rac­ing Team rider Mohd Zaqh­wan Zaidi failed to cap­i­talise on his pole po­si­tion, and could only fin­ish third.

Kasma bagged the first leg of the se­ries by fin­ish­ing 4.256 sec­onds ahead of run­ner-up Ah­mad Fa­zli Sham.

Kasma’s trade­mark quick start pro­pelled him to the front of the pack as he com­pleted 20 laps in 14:38.563s. The Johor rider col­lected 25 points while team­mate Fa­zli picked up 20.

“The race was won the mo­ment I en­gi­neered a per­fect start. That was what af­forded me an easy race. All I had to do was main­tain the pace,” said Kasma.

“Pick­ing up max­i­mum points is cru­cial for me in the first two rounds. I need to keep some points in the bank for the times when I may have to take a leave of ab­sence due to a clash be­tween the Cub Prix and the Span­ish Cham­pi­onship sched­ule.”

In the CP115 class, Mohd Akid Aziz started his ti­tle de­fence on the right foot­ing with a win­ning time of 11:22.325s while Md Haziq Md Fairues and Tengku Amirul Haf­firudin were sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

Idemitsu Kozi Yam Honda Rac­ing’s Sai­ful Azhary Muhamad led the co­terie of new tal­ents in the Wira KBS cat­e­gory when he bagged the first che­quered flag of the sea­son with a time of 9:23.448s.

In sec­ond and third place, Petronas Sprinta Yamaha-AFB Tech duo Mohd Daniel Syahmi and Mohd Ai­man Tahirud­din did them­selves proud by clock­ing 9:23.203s and 9:26.615s, re­spec­tively.

Round two of the Petronas Malaysian Cub Prix will take place in Tangkak, Johor on March 24-25.

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