Sepang – The fiery nature of the Asia Production 250cc riders infused with agility have always left fans and spectators wanting for more. Md Idlan Haqimi Raduan of IDEMITSU Boon Siew Honda Racing team will up his performance for Round 4 of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship which will be held at Sepang International Circuit this weekend.
It has not been a smooth ride for the Malaysian rider this season. In year 2020, Idlan made his move into the AP250 category from the UB150 category. For a new rider, he showcased great flair in his newfound interest when he took a win in Race 1 of Round 1. He did not finish Race 2 and that landed him the fifth spot overall in the one-round season.
This season though, Idlan seemed to have lost his momentum as he continued to grapple with his pace. Perhaps, it’s the lack of practice on the 250cc machine or the limited hours clocked in on riding that impacted his overall strategies to stay on par. Adding on to the strain that depleted his chances of making it to the top ten position was not being able to finish two earlier races this season.
Idlan said, “I had two DNFs this season. One was because of the front brake that gave way hence I could not complete the race. The second one was when I had a “lowside” fall at turn fourteen which resulted in me not completing the race.”
Commenting on his experience this season, Idlan said, “For the three rounds this season, it has been quite a struggle for me as I am the only one from my team to take part in the AP250 category. It is not an easy feat especially when you are alone without a teammate. Nevertheless, I am working on my confidence and my performance level at the moment. I believe that I will be able to perform better in the upcoming round.”
Idlan has been performing in the AP250 category for three years now. For the upcoming race, he said, “I am working mostly on my fitness for now. Machine training is limited to the time during the MSBK races especially in finding the right setup. For sure, my aim is to do better in the coming round. It requires a lot of hard work but I am keeping my fingers crossed to take a place at the podium.”