Malaysian racing team MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda have cemented their standing as the top motorcycle racing team in Asia with a fourth consecutive team title in the 2015 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship.
Musashi Zaqhwan (right) and team engineerThe Penang-based team rose to prominence in 2012 when they won the first Asian title with Japanese ace rider Ryuichi Kiyonari. Since then, a sterling cast of top-flight Asian riders have lifted the SuperSports 600cc trophy for the team. These include former GP rider Makoto Tamada, current Moto2 rider Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman, Mohd Zamri Baba, Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi and Moto2 rider Yuki Takahashi.
The upcoming finale of the 2015 Asia Road Racing Championship, scheduled to take place at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand from December 3 to 6, will most likely see Yuki Takahashi crowned as the fourth SuperSports 600cc Asian champion to have won the title in Boon Siew livery. Takahashi is but six points away from giving the team their fourth consecutive double win in the SuperSports 600c class.
Since 2012, team MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda has dominated the Asian competition, winning both the riders and team titles.
“We have had the privilege of working with a number of world-class riders and engineers. This has elevated the team’s game as a whole. Not only have we been able to produce good riders, but the team’s mechanics are now also acknowledged as some of the best in the business,” said team manager Zulhelmi Ahmad, himself a former rider.
Musashi Zulhelmi (right) and Yuki Takahashi (left)“The team is mainly comprised of young and talented Malaysian engineers. All pre-race preparations including engine settings are handled internally within the team. The Japanese consultants are on hand merely as a reference point when required. This is an achievement that we are really proud of. The hard work of the past few years have created not only successful Malaysian riders but also knowledgeable and talented Malaysian engineers.”
However, Zulhelmi acknowledges that keeping their top ranking has gotten more complex as the sport of motorcycle racing grows in Asia. “Many of the teams are catching up, especially our neighbours from Indonesia and Thailand. But we welcome the competition. It keeps us on our toes,” he concluded.
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