High in performance with higher engine capacity is not the only stimulating factor in the Asia Superbike 1000cc race category. What makes it even more invigorating is the mastery of riding techniques that complements the machine in achieving a sole purpose – victory. Md Zaqhwan Zaidi of Honda Asia- Dream Racing with SHOWA was exemplary in his showmanship last season when he reigned champion in the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC).

Zaqhwan is geared up this season for a foreseeable strenuous act of title defence alongside contenders of the past season Haruki Noguchi and Kasma Daniel Kasmayuddin. The ASB1000 race category is steaming up with notable names marking the entry list. Will Zaqhwan be able to withstand the mounting pressure? Teaming up with Andi Farid Izdihar, Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA might just be in for a delightful experience.

Zaqhwan commented, “No doubt, I have mixed feelings between being nervous and excited. I have to admit that last season was a struggle for me. I was frustrated with my performances and with the machine. We have had a number of tests last season and have gained good feedback on the machine. So, I feel better and am more confident now. My goal is certainly to defend my title but it is not going to be an easy task especially with new riders this season aboard the BMW and Yamaha machines. Of course, teaming up with Andi would be a great experience. Andi is an exceptional rider and it would definitely be an added bonus for our team.”

One man army of SDG MS Harc-Pro.Honda.Ph, Haruki’s goals may have been shot down last season due to unfortunate circumstances however there is no backing away for this Japanese lad. Haruki is fired up to regain his assets this season. Recalling the act in his debut season, Haruki was relentless in marking his territories with great dexterity and speed. What’s in store for Haruki this season?

Haruki said, “I missed out a big opportunity of becoming the champion last season. I know that this season would be a tough call but again, this is my second season in the ARRC and I am glad to have grasped as much knowledge and experience as I could last year. I have high expectations therefore I would not settle for less. The goal is to get over the injury and be a champion. I always believe in fighting with all my might and not giving up till victory is in hand.”

All the way a Yamaha boy and representing YAMAHA GEN BLU Racing Team ASEAN, Kasma has been fearless in his debut season as he braced the demands of the highly competitive stride among the best of Asians. It may not have been his year to celebrate but Kasma is poised for greater accomplishments and will return to dazzle the scene of ASB1000 race category.

Commenting on the race, Kasma said, “I enjoy riding the Yamaha machine – it is powerful and well- equipped with braking system, the much-needed strength when overtaking an opponent at the corners. I do hope though that this machine has been upgraded in terms of its top speed for this season. Frankly, I would not consider last season a very competitive feat but this season definitely foresees greater challenges especially with the season’s entry list. So, maybe this year would be a little tough for me. One of the things that I value most in my experience of riding is being calm and working with the rhythm. That allows to push further within my limits while having a smooth rider. Above all, ASB1000 riders can’t afford to make too many mistakes. I will give my best shot despite the challenges ahead and hopefully strike while the iron is hot.”

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