ANDY FADLY EYES WINNING GLORY

Motul Sniper Manual Tech Racing Team Andy Muhammad Fadly is keeping a sharp eye in defending his 2019 Championship Title in the Asia Production 250cc class standings. Currently, he stands tall at the top spot overall with a 22-point gap with a fellow Indonesian Rheza Danica Ahrens.

The 22-year-old lad has been growing stronger with every season and bagged the championship title in year 2019 after a phenomenal win in the final round. He has returned with a mission to carve yet another history with his new machine after the two-year long hiatus due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

From idolizing Valentino Rossi as a kid to watching his father’s racing photos, Andy was never wrong about making motorsport his next stepping stone to his professional life.

“It began as a hobby. I used to go for bike races with my friends,” said Andy.

While practice makes perfect, in motorsports, it is beyond that. Andy may have been equipped with years of riding experience and knowledge however Round 3 of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship which was held at Sugo International Racing Course did not go so well for him. While he took the 2nd fastest spot in the practice session, Andy failed to live up to his name during the race day.

Commenting on the last race, Andy said, “It could have been because of the circuit layout. It was hilly and it required the right strategy and setup of the machine to conquer the circuit. As much as I tried, I failed to perform as usual and I was disappointed with my results. I am definitely not happy!”

Nevertheless, with failures come lessons to greater successes. The most crucial element is not giving up. “For the upcoming race scheduled at Sepang, I want to win again. It is one of my favourite circuits. We may face different situations or RPM cuts with the machine and it is going to be a tough challenge but I won’t give up. Over the years, I have gained numerous lessons and insights into the art of racing. I will apply the relevant strategies to take dominance of the race once I am done with the practice sessions,” he said.

Speaking about rivalry, he commented, “Frankly, the competition has been getting tougher by the year especially with new machines with more powerful engines and larger capacities. So, I can’t truly predict the who will be the toughest rival on the ground that day. At the moment, Rheza is in the 2nd position in the overall standing. Looking at the point differences, there is still a chance for him to supersede my overall points. So, what is key here is avoiding mistakes.”

Having been in the motorsport scene for almost 8 years, Andy admitted that his riding style and control over the machine has improved tremendously. “I have had my fair share of learning curves throughout my time in the racing arena. Many practices and many races have moulded me into who I am today. It was no easy way for me and I have faced countless challenges before and having said that, the challenges are bound to be there most of the time. It is a matter of utilising the experiences gained to tackle those challenges. It also takes being bold to be in this field. I have a long way to go!”

His take on handling the machine, “It has never been easy when it comes to handling the machine. Apart from the years of experience and hours clocked in on riding, it also requires a great deal of confidence and courage to be seated on a powerful body and of great speed. With the guidance and expertise of my team members and crew, I have also learnt plenty to further enhance my strengths and abilities. I am still learning and to me, every race teaches something new and valuable.”

Speaking about his goals, Andy said, “Every rider would aspire to be in the World Championship one fine day. I am the same too. Insyallah, one day, I will be there.”

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