Injured Rajini Krishnan face stern test for title in Sepang

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Rajini Krishnan is an Indian motorcycle racer. He became national road racing champion in 2011 and in 2013 became the first Indian winner of an international road racing event with his victory at the Losail Asian Road Racing Championship in Qatar.

Rajini Krishnan is an Indian motorcycle racer. He became national road racing champion in 2011 and in 2013 became the first Indian winner of an international road racing event with his victory at the Losail Asian Road Racing Championship in Qatar.

Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC) logoIndia’s most prolific rider, Rajini Krishan will be fully tested in his bid to pen his name in the history books as the first winner of the Pirelli Malaysia Superbike Championship, as he carries a leg injury into the final round this weekend at Sepang International Circuit (SIC).

With a total haul of 103 points and an eight-point advantage over former Australian superbike champion Cameron Donald for the premier Superbike Championship, Rajini was injured while competing in Losail at the QMMF (Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation) Championship last weekend.

“It’s going to be a tough weekend for me because I had a bad crash while competing in Qatar last week, resulting in an injury to my left leg. But it’s not going to stop me from trying to get a good result and trying to win the championship. I want to win the championship,” said Rajini, who aspires to compete in the Moto2 World Championship in the future.

Rajini Krishnan bagged the overall championship (143 points) in the inaugural 2015 Pirelli Malaysia Superbike championship (MSC) at the Sepang International circuit, Kuala Lumpur.

A racing instructor at his own Rajini Academy of Competitive Racing in Chennai, Rajini – a nine-time consecutive national road racing champion in India, said he would be going all out to break the pain barrier and record the best possible result.

“The injury will obviously affect my performance this weekend. The injury is on my lower left leg, which I use to help me shift gears. But I am hoping for the best,” said Rajini, who is supported by Chia PJ Motors in his MCS participation.

While the Indian rider will need to fight hard for his first Malaysian title, Britain’s Steve Martin is virtually assured of the 1000cc Superstock crown, as his closest and only challenger, Ahmad Nashrul Baharuddin is skipping this weekend’s race.

“It’s going to be a tough weekend for me because I had a bad crash while competing in Qatar last week, resulting in an injury to my left leg. But it’s not going to stop me from trying to get a good result and trying to win the championship. I want to win the championship,” said Rajini, who aspires to compete in the Moto2 World Championship in the future.

“It’s going to be a tough weekend for me because I had a bad crash while competing in Qatar last week, resulting in an injury to my left leg. But it’s not going to stop me from trying to get a good result and trying to win the championship. I want to win the championship,” said Rajini, who aspires to compete in the Moto2 World Championship in the future.

“It’s a pity that I am unable to compete this weekend as I have other commitments. Nevertheless, I am sure that it is going to be an exciting weekend and I wish all the riders all the best,” said Ahmad Nashrul, who has garnered 138 points against Martin’s total haul of 170 championship points.

The fight for the 600cc crown will not just be an all-Malaysian affair; but also a battle of teammates at BikeART Racing Kawasaki, between Muhammad Farid Badrul Hisam and Hazlanshah Mohd Noor, who are separated by just five championship points.

Defending champion Muhammad Farid Badrul Hisam has amassed 155 points while Hazlanshah has 150 points. Another BikeART Racing Kawasaki rider, Muhammad Muzakkir Mohamed is third with 101 points and is out of the championship battle.

In the Open 250 Championship, lady rider Siti Norafizah Muhamad, who also rides for BikeART Racing Kawasaki, looks good for the title charge as she carries a total haul of 120 points and a 35-point lead over second placed Azroy Hakeem Anuar, who has 85 points.

 

Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC) race is organized by Sepang International Circuit. The season consist of 5 round, two races each with 5 denomination categories. Open 250, Ninja 250 Cup, Supersport,Superbikes and Superstocks Races are contended by production-based machines and modifications are limited.

Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC) race is organized by Sepang International Circuit. The season consist of 5 round, two races each with 5 denomination categories. Open 250, Ninja 250 Cup, Supersport,Superbikes and Superstocks Races are contended by production-based machines and modifications are limited.

PIRELLI MALAYSIA SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP – STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 4

SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Rajini Krishnan (Chia PJ Kawasaki) 103 pts
2. Cameron Donald (SBR Racing Team) 95 pts
3. Muhammad Zaqhwan Zaidi (RND Plus Racing Team) 90 pts
4. Leonardo Sacchetto (SBK Motorsports Martin Racing) 74 pts
5. Ahmad Fuad Baharudin (Team Project X) 52 pts
6. Colin Robin (Privateer) 50 pts

SUPERSTOCK CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Steve Martin (SBK Martin Racing Team) 170 pts
2. Ahmad Nashrul Baharuddin (Team Project X) 138 pts
3. Nasarudin Mat Yusop (Privateer) 83 pts
4. Hasnul Rizal Nur Sastra (RND Plus Racing Team 78 pts
5. Mohd Radzi Omar (RND Plus Racing Team) 72 pts
6. Mohd Al-Amirul Ashshahid (Privateer) 65 pts

SUPERSPORT CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Muhammad Farid Badrul Hisam (BikeART Racing Kawasaki) 155 pts
2. Hazlanshah Mohd Noor (BikeART Racing Kawasaki) 150 pts
3. Muhammad Muzakkir Mohamed (BikeART Racing Kawasaki) 101 pts
4. Ahmad Afif Amran (Petronas Hong Leong Yamaha) 96 pts
5. Muhamad Fitri Ashraf (Petronas Hong Leong Yamaha) 70 pts
6. Ismael Smajli (BikeART Racing Kawasaki) 68 pts

OPEN 250 CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Siti Norafizah Muhamad (BikeART Racing Kawasaki) 120 pts
2. Azroy Hakeem Anuar (Chia PJ Kawasaki) 85 pts
3. Khairul Anwar Jamil (Privateer) 69 pts
4. Angelo Neo (Privateer) 64 pts
5. Ammar Dhiyauddin (Chia PJ Kawasaki) 47 pts
6. Ian Robert Dublin (Privateer) 37 pts

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