Congratulations to Tom Sykes and the Kawasaki Racing Team for taking the top prize in the production based superbike racing in 2013. Riding his Ninja ZX-10R Tom also recorded a new lap record of 1″41.691 in Race 2 of the Superbike FIM World Championship at Jerez. Spain.
Saya Muhammad Aziq Bin Jumali ingin mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kepada Kawasaki Bike Art Racing Team yang telah banyak memberi bimbingan, dorongan,
tajaan, tunjuk ajar dan semangat kepada saya. Saya bersyukur kerana telah memberi peluang untuk menyertai Kawasaki Ninja 250R cup pada musim ini dan saya telah
mencuba dengan baik dengan menggunakan kebolehan dan kemahiran yang ada. Dan ditambah oleh Abang Zamani, Abang Fuad dan Abang Nashrul.Tak lupa juga kepada guru saya, Steven yang telah 100% menjayakan dan laksana program ini.
Saya amat terharu dengan guru saya, yang telah bimbing 20 pelumba di Kawasaki Ninja 250R cup. Saya harap, program ini harus dijalankan untuk mencungkil pelumba pelumba muda di Malaysia.
Pada musim lepas, Husni Aizat Abdul Malik telah diberi peluang untul menyertai CEV Repsol di Sepanyol. Dan saya harap, pada musim ini juga seorang pelumba akan
diberi lagi bakat seperti Husni Aizat untuk menonjolkan bakat dia luar sana untuk bersaing dengan pelumba pelumba antarabangsa.
In the 2013 Malaysian Super Sports Series (Motorbike), Bikeart Racing team continued their earlier successes to clinch prime positions as champions in both the 1000 cc Superstock and the 600cc Supersports Series. Brothers Nashrul Baharuddin (#63) and Ahmad Fuad (#26) are the respective overall winners in these two series which consisted of a total of 5 races stretching from May to November.
Had it not been for an accident in the Round 4 in October, elder brother Ahmad Zamani would most probably have won the Open Superstock crown. Because of the accident, Zamani had to be contented with the 5th placing. He is recovering fast and was at the track to receive his 5th placing award in the Championship.
It is also worth mentioning that Hazlanshah Mohd Noor (#23) riding for Bikeart took the overall 2nd placing in the Supersports B Class Championship.
Meanwhile in the Open 250 Cup Championship, riders from the 2012 SIC Ninja 250R Cup manage to clinch the overall second and third placing. The two riders are Muhammad Fazli Mansuar (#89) and Low Wei Der (#99).
It was a tight race to the finish for Muhammad Rafiza(#24) and Muhammad Rasol (#22) in the final 4 races of the SIC Ninja 250R Cup, 2013. Despite a crash during Race 2, Rafiza (#24) managed to take the overall Champion title with Rasol(#22) a breath behind. Both riders have done well and will definitely continue to make waves in the motor racing arena in Malaysia and abroad.
Overall results of the top 5 riders
1. Muhammad Hafiza Rofa (#24) 213 points
2. Muhammad Syafiq rasol (#22) 206 points
3. Muhammad Fairuz Nasir (#97) 160 points
4. Muhammad Aziq Jamil (#31) of 116 points
5. Siti Norafizah Muhammad (#95) the only female rider Ninja rider
The SIC Ninja 250R Championship continues succesfully into the 4th round from 11th to 14th October, 2013 at the Sepang International Circuit with an impressive win by Muhammad Hafiza (24) in both the two races.
The 250R CUp together with the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) are the supporting races in the Shell Advance Malaysian Motocycle Grand Prix, Shell Advance being the title sponsor for the MotoGP FIM World Championship in Sepang. Incidentally, Shell Advance is also sponsoring the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup which will debut in 2014.
The SIC Ninja 250R Cup is sponsored by Malaysian Kawaski and all the 20 young riders, from age of 14 to 17 are being trained by Bikeart Racing Academy in a one year program. Sucessful and potential riders from this group will be co-opted into the 2014 Championship.
The following are some of the images taken over the 3 day race.
Round 5 of the SIC Ninja 250R Cup wil be held from 9th to 10th November, 2013 at the Sepang International Circuit
BikeArt has once again been entrusted by the Sepang International Ciruit to train and promote motorbike racing in Malaysia and across the Asian region. Bikeart has dominated the podium in the Malaysian Super Series since 2011. Steven Ong, the CEO of BikeArt Training Academy has says that “the vision of Bikeart is to dominate the 600 cc and 1000 cc superbikes categories in events across Asia.”
The key to maintaining this dominance is the embodied in BikeArt’s philosophy:
1. To advance motorcycle racing by competing against the highly skilled regional riders and by building a sustainable relationship with Kawasaki Japan to advance their technology
2. To develop and train local riders by providinf training in advanced riding skills and technique thereby builiding a cadre of riding talents to drive Malaysia’s competitiveness in motor racing.
3. To hire and develop the best talents in both the riders and the technical team with good support from Kawasaki.
To achieve this aim, BikeArt has developed a wholistic approach to training. The results so far has been exceedingly satisfactory with potential riders being upgraded from last years SIC Ninja 250R Cup.
This video gives a glimpse and snapshot as to how this group of 20 rookie riders in th
e SIC Ninja 250R Cup for 2013 are being trained and put into the pace by BikeArt. Besides technical and rider skils, the Academy places equal importance to physicial fitness and proper nutrition. In this video, Ms Indra Balaratnam, a consultant dietitian talks about the importance of proper nutrition to enable the riders to perform at their optimal potential.
Sepang International Circuit (SIC) introduced the SIC Ninja 250R Cup in 2012 as part of its programme to train, develop and prepare Malaysian riders to be of world class standards. Into its second season this year, Bikeart Racing Academy who have been entrusted with this project has developed a wholistic and rigorous program which consist of training on the track, physical fitness and good nutrition to whip the 20 participants into shape by the end of the year.
In this video, Jason Moriarty, the chief physical instructor from Rebel Boot Camp talks about his role as the chief physical instructor in this program.
In the first SIC Ninja 250R Cup race for 2013, Muhammad Hafiza Rofa ( No:24) had an impressive run scoring a hat trick in the qualifying round, round 1 and round 2. Emerging as the winner in all these 3 rounds, Hafiza’s best lap in round 1 was 2:40:923 and in round 2 his best lap was 2:41:331.
The next race to be held on May 31 to June 2 and will see these 20 riders competing in another 2 rounds of 8 laps each. Refer to previous post on rider’s profile. Rider’s Profile here
Results for Race 1, Round 1 and Round
At the Malaysian Super Series, 1st season race for 2013, the top 10 qualifiers from the SIC Ninja 250R Cup based on their best lap time is as follows:
1. #24 Muhammad Hafiza Rofa 2:41:057
2. #22 Muhammad shafiq Rasol 2:41:809
3. #31 Muhammad Aziq Jumali 2:44:175
4. #97 Muhammad Fairuz Nasir 2:46:365
5. #95 Siti Norafizah Muhammad 2:46>365
6. #18 Muhammad Ammar Hafiq 2:47:548
7. #65 Has Fauzan 2:47:604
8. #71 Muhammad Hamizan Afiq 2:47:649
9. #46 Muhammad Izzat 2:47:921
10. #69 Mohd Aiman Muzammer 2:48:191