Md Izzat Zaidi, probably, won’t need reminding of what happened in the last season of Asia Road Racing Championship, ARRC, in UnderBone 150cc class with Pits JRT OneWay. While most riders would want to move on from past, the defeat with merely one point difference injects morale boost for The Malaysian rider to again eye for the championship title this season.

“I would be lying if I say there is no pain in the loss, my victory was diminished with a single point. But that’s the beauty of race. Everyone has a chance to win therefore each round matters and I have to admit that I have messed up in certain rounds due to some unavoidable technical issue.”

“I have gone through the similar situation in 2018 when I was with YYPANG Racing Team where I finished my season at the 2nd overall in UB150cc class. However, the result wasn’t really disappointing because I was aware as the gap points between my contender, Helmi Azman and myself were huge. So the expectations were lower.

“Thereafter, I have struggled to be consistent. The following year, I only managed to finish at 17th overall and after three years I was back in the same class with a new team. Regardless, there were a number of successful moments last season, personally which I was happy and satisfied that I am back in form.”

Izzat Zaidi begun his racing career in the year 2010 when he was 15 years old through the Malaysian Cub Prix. Even though it was quite late to begin professionally, Izzat has bagged some victories through nerve-wrecking performances.

“Joy and sorrows of winning and losing in race is normal. That’s how my 13 years journey was like in motorsport world. Winning and losing are part and parcle of the race. That’s what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we’ve changed because of it, and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to the next one.

“And my father always says winning is not always punctual but eventually it comes. I stand by this words and I will never give up on my dream. Opportunity only comes but once. Make use of it.”

About to rewrite his script with Cardinal Racing Team, could this season be his to celebrate after 13 years of hardwork?

“This season seems tough. Those UnderBone champions from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, everyone is there this season. Everyone has their own abilities and specialities. I have mine too. So, I have to adapt with the new team quickly. Plan and execute accordingly. we will be able to fine tune the machine and find the right setup needed for the machine for the first round in Chang International Circuit this weekend.

“Usually, the hype would be higher for elite classes. But then the competitiveness in UB150cc is tremendous. I love how everytime the race accelerates my adrenaline whenever I am on track. Im hoping for a better season and grab the title this year.

“I want to claim, This is my Year!”