Riders have no fear de­spite Noriz­man’s tragic death

New Straits Times - - Sport - RE­PORTS BY FARAH AZHARIE fara­

AF­TER one of their fel­low riders died, the re­sponse was: “It’s part and par­cel of the job.

The ma­jor­ity of the mo­tor­cy­cle riders in the Malaysian Cub Prix feel this way amid Noriz­man Is­mail’s death dur­ing the third prac­tice ses­sion of the AAM Petronas Cub Prix CP150 in Terengganu, last Fri­day.

The tragic in­ci­dent had left a somber mood with the race be­ing can­celled out of re­spect for a fallen com­rade.

It also left some of Noriz­man’s close friends feel­ing shocked and re­minded them of the dan­ger of mo­tor rac­ing.

Noriz­man’s for­mer Cub Prix team­mate Elly Id­zlia Nizar said he was more than just a friend, he was fam­ily.

Elly, who has faced the per­ils of mo­tor rac­ing, said: “Ac­ci­dents are com­mon and like me, I have a lot of metal in my body as a re­sult of fall­ing off my bike.

“He’s very ex­pe­ri­enced and the two of us were talk­ing about tak­ing our ca­reers to­wards be­com­ing in­struc­tors. For me, his loss means the loss of that knowl­edge that he could have con­trib­uted to­wards be­com­ing an in­struc­tor.”

Ah­mad Fa­zli Sham, who has known Noriz­man since 2003 when they com­peted against each other in the Wira cat­e­gory, said the spectre of death on the track was on his mind when he heard the tragic news but this has not dis­cour­aged Petronas Yamaha Maju Mo­tor rider from rac­ing.

“There were cer­tainly a lot of things go­ing on in my mind af­ter that.

“I re­mem­bered the time when we were rac­ing at the Yamaha Asean Cup in In­done­sia in 2003 and we won the novice podium be­cause we were the only two new riders at that time.”

An­other rider of the same batch as Noriz­man was Azlan Shah Ka­maruza­man, who is a for­mer Moto2 and Cub Prix rider. He re­mem­bered his for­mer Har­ian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Rac­ing team­mate and how they en­dured two sea­sons to­gether.

“He’s an ex­pe­ri­enced rider who con­stantly taught me how to re­pair my bike on the tech­ni­cal as­pects.

“I am shocked un­til now and I hope his fam­ily is strong in fac­ing these tough times.”

For World Su­pers­port and for­mer Moto3 rider Zul­fahmi Khairud­din, Noriz­man’s ab­sence will be missed even though the two riders weren’t that close.

“He raced in a dif­fer­ent cat­e­gory but usu­ally we would all be be­hind the pit with him.

“He had got true pas­sion for mo­tor­bikes and he also had his own work­shop, so he re­ally knew how to mod­ify his ma­chine plus I know he had a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in Cub Prix.”

The Orelac Rac­ing VerdNatura rider added that mo­tor­sports is dan­ger­ous and even on the Mo­toGP stage, not all ac­ci­dents could have been avoided.

“I think when riders put on their hel­mets, they just for­get ev­ery­thing and just con­tinue about the race.

“Mo­tor­sports is a dan­ger­ous sport, even in Mo­toGP, not all ac­ci­dents can be saved and this was a rac­ing in­ci­dent that couldn’t be avoided.”

On Fri­day, Noriz­man crashed at turn one dur­ing the CP150 timed prac­tice ses­sion at Ban­dar Baru Ki­jal in Terengganu.

The 32-year-old made his Cub Prix de­but in 2004 and was a two-time na­tional cham­pion (2005 and 2011).

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