Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman’s quest for his second Asian title had been derailed by a string of unfortunate incidences. Following a positive start in Round 1, the Manual Tech KYT Kawasaki Racing rider looked to be in good position, especially after inheriting a double win in Round 2 when Anthony West was disqualified.

Azlan’s season went downhill after that. He injured his hand in Round 3 at Suzuka which also affected his results in Indonesia (Round 4).

Just when he thought his injuries were behind him, another crash in India resulted in an injured leg and a start position from the back of the grid.

The fact that Azlan is still in title contention is testament to his grit and determination. This rider had been racing in pain for most of 2017 yet had been able to keep his points-haul high enough for one last battle.

Rank after Rd 5: 4
Points: 128 points
2017 Pole: 0
2017 Podium: 3 podium (30%)
2017 Win: 2 (20%)