Thursday September 20, 2012
Severe technical test for Fuad
PETALING JAYA: Seasoned campaigner Ahmad Fuad Baharuddin’s vast racing experience will be put to the test in the “technical” Kluang track in Round 7 of the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix championship this weekend.
The Faito Motobert Racing rider said the competitors in the CP130 race require exceptional riding skills and technical knowledge to manoeuvre the 947m track.
“It is not about racing skills alone ... it demands on the spot technical feedback to the mechanics in order to produce a fast machine,” said Fuad, who began his racing career in 1997.
“On a normal Cub Prix track, it will be very hard for me to outdo younger competitors, who are physically fitter. But on technical tracks such as Kluang I have a slight advantage because I have more experience to manoeuvre the technical condition of the tracks,” said Fuad, who is fourth overall in the CP130 standings with 72 points.
“Kluang may look easy but in fact, it’s quite tough because the layout is quite narrow and the turns are tight, leaving virtually no room for error and limited space to overtake.
“Hence, it is important to have a strong bike in order to secure a good position at the start of the race. This is where my experience comes in. I will use what I’ve learnt from racing in the past 15 years to assist the mechanics in developing a fast and steady bike, optimum from all aspects.”