2018 has been a season of firsts for Malaysian rider Mohd Helmi Azman. It was his first year riding a Honda, his first season with the SCK Rapido Hi Rev Honda Racing Team, and he had just won the first title of his racing career.
In Race 2 at the season finale, Helmi finished fourth with 16’23.311s to bring his total points to 197.
Indonesian wildcard Wawan Wello had looked to be in top form at the start of the race, but never managed to get away from the horde. By Lap 6, the riders in the top 14 positions were separated by only a single second.
As the group rushed en-masse into the dreaded Turn 12 in the final lap, a seven bike crash caused massive confusion as the riders who had managed to stay upright scrambled to the finish line.
Syahrul Amin was initially declared as the winner of the race, but was later penalized five race positions for exceeding the track limits. His Yamaha Yamalube SND Factory team mate Gupita Kresna Wardhana inherited the win with a race time of 16’22.140s. Mohd Aiman Azman from Yuzy Honda Vietnam Racing Team came home in second place.
McKinley Kyle Paz from the Philippines, racing for the UMA Racing Yamaha Maju Motor Asia Team as a wildcard this round, was third with 16’22.982s.
Mohd Izzat Zaidi from team RCB Yamaha YY Pang Racing picked up six points in 10th position to hang on to his second overall position with 130 points. Ahmad Fazli Sham delighted team ONEXOX TKKR Racing by securing a third overall ranking with 117 points.
Helmi’s strong results from this season has also put the SCK Rapido Hi Rev Honda Racing Team at the top of the Underbone 150cc team standings with 205 points.
“This has been the high point of my career so far. I would like to thank my team, SCK Rapido Hi Rev Honda Racing, for having faith in me and giving me this opportunity to showcase myself. In 2019, I am looking forward to racing in the SuperSports 600cc category,” said Helmi.