Wednesday October 17, 2012
Injuries prevent Azlan from fighting for podium finish in Taiwan
PETALING JAYA: Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman is disappointed with the injuries that prevented him from fighting for a podium finish in the drama-filled penultimate round of the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) in Taiwan last weekend.
The 28-year old, who competes in the SuperSports 600cc class, suffered a violent high-side at the Penbay International Circuit on Friday, which saw him and his Honda CBR600RR being flung into the air at turn 13.
“It was a horrible accident. My eyes were focused on exiting the turn and I turned the throttle on my bike without realising my front tyre was already on the grass. That’s when I lost the rear grip and my bike flipped me into the air. After that everything went blank,” said Azlan.
Despite sustaining injuries to his neck and chest, the Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing rider was cleared to race by the medical staff and Azlan showed he was not one to give up without a fight.
A fourth placing in Race 1 and fifth in Race 2 earned Azlan the respect and admiration of his peers.
However, the podium drought in Taiwan inflicted a major blow to his SuperSports 600cc campaign. Azlan is fourth overall in the standings with 136 points – 66 behind championship leader Katsuaki Fujiwara (Manual Tech BEET Kawasaki Racing) who leads with 202 points.
That effectively puts him out of the running for this season’s title.