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
Declaring his intentions to follow the footsteps of Malaysia’s Moto3 rider Muhammad Zulfahmi Khairuddin, newly-crowned SIC Ninja 250 Cup first champion Muhammad Ammar Hafiq said that he aimed to pursue his dream of competing internationally and perhaps, becoming a top class rider like his idol.
“I have been granted an opportunity … and I aim to use this opportunity to achieve the best result possible. Like all other riders, I dream of competing in the world stage at the MotoGP … I am ready to accept the challenge
“But, I know that there are still plenty of areas that I need to improve. I hope that I can continue with this programme and be given the opportunity to follow the footsteps of Fahmi. He is our idol and our hero,” Muhammad Ammar told reporters at the circuit.
With a 45-point advantage before the start of Round 1 today, the 19-year old mechanic from Kampung Lindungan in Sunway virtually had the overall title already in the bag. Hence, he adopted for a safe approach today as he finished fourth for both Race 1 and Race 2 today to collect 32 points; taking his total haul for the season to 186 points.
SIC Ninja Cup Final WeekendFinal Weekend of the SIC Ninja 250 Cup crowns a winnerSee photo »
After a disastrous start in the campaign where he crashed out in the opening race of Round 1, Muhammad Ammar fought for second place in Race 2 to collect his first 20 championship points. A superb Round 2 where he took first and second elevated him as among the leaders of the championship; before he officially took over the leadership with another first and second placing in Round 3.
Husni Aizat Abdul Malik, winner of today’s opening race but only managed fifth in Race 2, is vice-champion; concluding the season in second position of the overall standings with 151 points. Former motocross champion Hazlanshah Mohd Noor is third overall with 140 points.
Hazlanshah, who won Race 2 today, shared Muhammad Ammar’s views that the new SIC Ninja 250 Cup had provided aspiring riders a good platform to pursue their dreams to become international riders.
“I can easily say today that I am giving full focus on track racing now for my career. Motocross and supermotard will only be for my training to improve my skills for track racing. Hopefully, I will be allowed to continue with this programme and get the opportunity to race at the MotoGP like Zulfahmi,” said Hazlanshah, who won the novice motocross championship in 2009.
The overall title for the open category was won by Muhammad Fazli Mansuar, who scored second placing in both races today, to take his total haul of championship points to 225; beating Abdul Wafi Hassan – winner of both races today – who has garnered 212 points
Yesterday, SIC Chief Executive Officer Datuk Razlan Razali announced that top riders for SIC Ninja 250 Cup would be given the opportunity to attend selection for ‘a few other riders’ for an opportunity to compete in the 2013 Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix on a wildcard ticket in the Moto3 category.
Taking into account Zulfahmi’s movement to the Red Bull KTM factory team and with continued sponsorship from AirAsia, Razlan also said that the budget would now be used to enhance further the SIC Ninja 250 Cup next year which would include an additional of 10 more bikes.
“The plan is for the cream of the crop from the riders competing in the SIC Ninja 250 Cup to be exposed to higher levels of competition next year … We are already looking at several options for next year, with Kawasaki already wanting to expand the field for the Ninja 250 Cup from 20 to 30 bikes.
“Through our GP wildcard programme in 2009, we have already seen the success of our rider Mohd Zulfahmi Khairuddin, who is now a top Moto3 contender … We have some options to place as a Moto3 wildcard next year and from the Ninja 250 Cup we will be sending riders to be trained in Europe with a target of sending them to compete in the Spanish CEV Championship,” Razlan said.
Launched in July, the SIC 250 Ninja Cup is modeled to the MotoGP Red Bull Rookies Cup and 250cc Moto3 world championship. It features a comprehensive roadmap to create more world class riders like Zulfahmi.
Supported by Kawasaki, AGV Helmets, Pirelli and Dainese, SIC has appointed Bike Art Racing as coordinator for the series and two-time Malaysian Super Series champion, Ahmad Zamani Baharuddin as the chief trainer for the young riders.