There will be no burden of expectations on Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi’s shoulders as he prepares for the EWC Sepang 8 Hours at the Sepang International Circuit this weekend. The race is part of a mega event, Races of Malaysia, which will bring together the best of two-wheels and four-wheels racing with the EWC (Endurance World Championship) and WTCR.


According to the Honda Asia Dream Racing with Showa rider, over-confidence is something to be avoided, even though he is arguably the most experienced endurance rider in Malaysia.


“Physically and mentally, I am prepared for the Sepang 8 Hours. Even though I have raced in the Suzuka 8 Hours for many years, Sepang will present a whole new set of challenges,” said Zaqhwan.


“Endurance racing is very different from the sprint races that Malaysians are used to. In this type of racing, machine reliability is half the battle won,” Zaqhwan continued. The Malaysian rider will be racing on the Honda CBR1000 RR for the race.


“Nevertheless, I will be banking on the know-how I have accumulated in my many participation in the Suzuka 8 Hours to deliver the best possible results at Sepang.”


In line with team Honda Asia Dream Racing with Showa’s direction, Zaqhwan will be working alongside Indonesian rider Andi Farid Izdihar and Somkiat Chantra from Thailand.


“We’ve raced alongside each other in the FIM Asia Road Racing Championships, we know each other’s riding styles very well and I am certain we will be able to gel this weekend.”