ROOKIE IZAM IKMAL LEADS INTO FIRST DAY OF PRE-SEASON

IDEMITSU Boon Siew Honda Racing Team’s latest recruit, Muhammad Izam Ikmal ended the first day of pre-season tests at the top of the AP250 when he posted 2’26.214s in Practice 2.

Izam edged out AP250 defending champion Andy Fadly by 0.608s, though still about 1.5 seconds shy of beating Muklada’s 2019 lap record.

Fadly posted 2’26.822s astride his Kawasaki Ninja 250, followed by Anggi Setiawan from YAMAHA Racing Indonesia third with 2’27.329s.

TVS Racing officially makes its full season debut in the AP250 class this season. The team’s three-rider line-up comprises of Thai rider Vorapong Malahuan, andIndian riders Jagan Kumar and KY Ahmed.

Vorapong posted the team’s best time from the pre-season test, a time of 2’30.270s, but will need to coax an extra four seconds from his TVS Apache RR310 if he hopes to finish the first round within the top 10.