Khairul Ikhwan Ajis is all set to halt Khairul Idham Pawi’s hat trick bid in the Malacca PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship this 31 May and 1 June.
Currently placed second overall in the WIRA standings with 55 points, the Team Mos Track Pro Yamaha rider is 11 points adrift Khairul Idham of Kozi Yam Honda Racing who leads with 66 points.
Harith Farhan Baharin holds third place with 49 points.
Khairul believes he has what it takes to hold off his rival at the Stadium Hang Jebat track provided he does not make any mistakes in the qualifying session like he did in Terengganu.
“I qualified 17th in the previous round and that pretty much hampered my efforts. Although I improved by 12 spots to finish sixth in the race, I still lost the championship lead,” said Khairul Ikhwan.
“That said the qualifying session in Malacca next weekend will be very important if I want to stop Khairul Idham from completing a hat trick. For sure it will be an uphill task because he (Khairul Idham) has proven to be very fast but I am determined to go all out ”
The Yamaha one-make graduate confidence is further boosted knowing he has a team of skillfull engineers in the paddock supporting him.
“Mos Track Pro Yamaha is a great team and I consider myself quite lucky to run my campaign with them. The team engineers were able to provide a competitive setup from the start of the season and it allowed me to win the opening round (Batu Kawan) and finish second in Muar.”
“I am optimistic we can achieve similar results in Malacca. The layout seems to suit my riding style, it’s a track I enjoy racing at and I want to be back on that top step of the podium this weekend,” he said.