Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
WSBK come again in their second event of this season. This time , held on Losail track.
After had a good time at qualigying and got a bad luck at race session, Aprilia make it well again. Proven that they have a sesious target in WSBK. Aprilia rider Max Biaggi make it 3rd place from 28 rider position. And , looks like this season will be YAMAHA season when this team again make a good achievement. Ben Spies from Yamaha Team make a surprise again when he make the fastest lap 1'58.886 with his Yamaha R1 just a second less than Max Biaggi who ride his Aprilia RSV4.
However, not all team make it nice. Maybe a bad race for Alstare Suzuki when they cant even be in top 5 or top 10 ranking. After qualifying session, the best position from this team is 16th place . No 71 rider, Kagayama from JAPAN with Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 make his best lap 2'00.264 and followed by his team mate no 76 Neukirchner from GERMAN 2'00.345.
They need quick inspection to solve this problem.
Again, Kawasaki cant give their good time after stand the last 3 position. Hope to see them in top 10 to give more excitement on WSBK. Below, is full result of 2nd qualifying session :
Qualifying 2nd session
1 19 Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'58.886
2 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.177
3 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 1'59.499
4 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'59.632
5 7 Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.731
6 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1'59.755
7 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'59.812
8 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1'59.821
9 9 Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.937
10 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1'59.954
11 23 Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 2'00.012
12 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.117
13 55 Laconi R. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 2'00.193
14 56 Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 2'00.238
15 41 Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 2'00.254
16 71 Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 2'00.264
17 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 2'00.345
18 44 Rolfo R. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.374
19 33 Hill T. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.390
20 111 Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 2'00.480
21 31 Muggeridge K. (AUS) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 2'00.738
22 100 Tamada M. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX 10R 2'00.839
23 25 Salom D. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX 10R 2'01.047
24 24 Roberts B. (AUS) Ducati 1098R 2'01.165
25 77 Iannuzzo V. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 2'01.560
26 86 Badovini A. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 2'01.561
27 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 2'01.607
28 15 Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 2'02.663
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Team Forty One Honda Racing Team, who was testing the market in the 2008 season of the PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship, is ready to take the Championship by storm with their line-up of riders consisting of Mohd Imran Zulkafli (Expert), Mohd Nooriman Sapri (Novice) and Mohd Shariffudin Samsudin (Novice).
According to team manager, Azmi Mansor, 2008 was the year of preparation that they put in before firming up the team’s position in the Championship. “We tried different manufacturers’ machines as well as various riders who displayed interests in riding under our banners. This time around, we spent a lot of time searching for the right people before deciding on our final line-up.”
“25-year-old Imran was a privateer before he joined us. At the end of the previous season, he was the second best privateer after Afandi Yusoff, finishing two points behind Afandi. Nooriman is a new rider and he finished third in the Kuala Terengganu leg last year for the Wira epg category. Meanwhile, Shariffudin finished ninth overall in the same class. All three have one thing in common – potentials. With the support of a full-fledged team, we’re confident that they will go far in the series.”
According to Azmi, they are still on the lookout for another Expert rider to share the stage with Imran so that they can have a chance at the Expert Team Award. “So far, we haven’t found anyone who fulfils our requirements. It’s not easy but we have to remember that we need to protect the image of our sponsors as well.”
Sharing a little bit of hindsight into their name, Azmi explained, “41 was the age of the team owner when he attained success. Without that momentous achievement, he would not have set up the team. The number is perceived as our lucky charm and our riders will be using the number 41 or 14 on the track,” ended Azmi, who targets top 5 finishes for both their contested categories.
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