Underbone 130cc rider Mohd Izzat Zaidi, currently third overall in the FIM Asia Road Racing table, will be saddled with the responsibility of representing his team in two distinct categories at the penultimate round of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship this weekend. Racing at the 5.15km Buddh International Circuit, Izzat will have a tough weekend ahead of him as he fills in for the injured Tengku Amirul Haffiruddin in the Asia Production 250cc class while still in contention for the Underbone crown.
In a letter addressed to the Race Direction of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship, team principal YY Pang explained, “Tengku Amirul was injured during the PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship last week. He fractured three metacarpal bones in his right hand and had been successfully treated at the Tung Shin Hospital. Unfortunately, with the ARRC coming hot on the heels of the Cub Prix race, this means that Tengku will not be able to recover in time to race in India.”
“At this late stage, it would be difficult for the team to find a replacement for Tengku Amirul in the Asia Production 250cc class. There isn’t enough time to apply for the Indian visa. So Izzat will need to do double duty in the coming race weekend.”
“On the positive side, it would be good exposure for Izzat as the 250cc class is really very competitive. We are confident that he is fit enough to be able to handle the physical demands of both classes,” YY Pang concluded.