After a successful qualifying, Bike Art Racing Team Kawasaki was set for a day of podiums. An overcast track at Sepang and a packed program of classic cars, Ferrari, Supersports and Superbikes meant the atmosphere was tense with expectation. The 600cc bikes from Petronas sat first and second on the grid, with Fuad rounding out the first row in third position.
Getting off to a clean start Fuad focused on the words team mamager Steven Loh had written on his tank – ‘Too slow, go faster’. As lap times tumbled, Yamaha and Kawasaki were neck and neck entering turn one. Missing a braking point, Fuad was pushed wide to run off into the gravel. Recovering the bike and making bold moves through the field, Fuad recovered from seventh to once more challenge the Yamahas and hold firm to third position.
In the Supersport B series, Nashrul ran a strong racing, hounding the heels of the Honda ridden by Sasitharen Sukumaren to grab second step on the podium with only a five second gap.
“We’re looking at our strategy for the next race. We don’t want to get stuck behind the Yamahas on race 2 and we will change the setup slightly” remarked Steven.
The news a was all good for the Superstock race of eldest brother, Zamani. Storming to an early lead and challenging the heels of the faster Honda CBR1000 Superbikes, Zamani maintained lap times well ahead of his nearest competition. Turning in 2:15 lap times, he finished over thirteen seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Ahmad Faez Yahya.
Starting the second race, Zamani once more leads the field out for the Supersports bikes. Fuad, Nashrul and Ismail occupy positions three, six and nine on the grid.
After a clean start in the second race, Nashrul enters turn six on the second lap, gets tangled and drops out in the gravel. Fuad’s race progresses altogether better, with aggressive riding moving him up to take second place on lap seven only to have the vanquished Yamaha retake it on lap eight. Finishing third overall, Fuad once more ascends the podium.
Zamani’s ride in race two is strong, as he moves to lead the pack through the ten laps and once more take the top step of the podium for a perfect score across the two races. “We didn’t do as well as I hoped” offers Steven “but we rode four very strong races”. Overall, a Kawasaki weekend, with cups galore to adorn the mantle.
Bike Art Team Kawasaki were supported in their success at Sepang during the MSS event by bikes and spares from Kawasaki Malaysia, helmets from Shoei, mufflers from Arrow, training and nutrition for the riders by Rebel Bootcamp and chains from RK Malaysia.
BikeART Racing will field a strong team in 2012, commencing with the MSS series events in May 2012