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MALAYSIA
19 Sep 2019
Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd.
Idemitsu Boon Siew Honda Racing to ‘Test the Ap250 Waters’ Ahead of Planned Full Season Debut in 2020
Boon Siew Honda Sdn Bhd and Idemitsu Lubricants Malaysia will once again be working together to train the third generation of world class Malaysian riders. As part of their developmental plan, the two companies have come together to place a new team entry, Idemitsu Boon Siew Honda Racing, in the Asia Production 250cc class of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship.
 
The team’s full season debut is scheduled for the 2020 season. However, with the sixth leg of the 2019 season being held at the Sepang International Circuit, the team had decided to take advantage of the homeground advantage to gain an early gauge of the level of competition that they will be facing.
 
“The Asia Production 250cc class was added to the Asia Road Racing Championship roster in 2015. To date, the class had been dominated by Thai and Indonesian riders. However, we know that, given the calibre of Malaysian riders, they should be challenging for the title in every single season. After all, the Malaysian riders are dominant in every other category of the ARRC (ASB1000, SuperSports 600cc, and Underbone 150cc), except the 250cc class. By establishing our own factory outfit in the class, we take on the mission of changing the balance of power in this popular category,” said Mr. Keiichi Yasuda, MD and CEO of Boon Siew Honda Sdn Bhd.
 
For the purpose of this wildcard entry, Team Idemitsu Boon Siew Honda Racing will be fielding two upcoming young Malaysian riders – Muhammad Syarifuddin Azman and Muhammad Idlan Haqimi Raduan. The riders will be competing astride the Honda CBR250RR.
 
“I am both excited and nervous about this wildcard. The AP250 class is not an easy class to debut in. There are a lot of strong and aggressive riders on the grid,” said the 18-year-old Syarifuddin who stole the limelight as the Yamaha PETRONAS Super Series champion in 2016 and most recently won the 2018 Wira title with team Idemitsu Kozi Yam Honda Racing.
 
Likewise, 15-year-old Muhammad Idlan Haqimi Raduan was the 2018 Honda One Make Challenge champion. Both riders had been placed on Honda’s accelerated talent development path that had succeeded in creating world-class Malaysian riders like Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi, Khairul Idham Pawi, and Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman.


BACKGROUNDER

ABOUT: IDEMITSU BOON SIEW HONDA RACING
 
CHAMPIONSHIP:                                 FIM ASIA ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIP
RACE CLASS:                                        ASIA PRODUCTION 250cc
BIKE MODEL:                                       HONDA CBR250RR
PROVISIONAL TEAM MEMBERS:        Zulhelmi Ahmad (Team Manager)
                                                            Zarul Sirat (Chief Mechanic)
                                                            Muhammad Syarifuddin Azman (Rider)
                                                            Mohd Idlan Hakimi Raduan
 
 
RIDER PROFILES
 
Name:              Muhammad Syarifuddin Azman
Age:                 18 (2001)
Nat:                  MAS
Bike No:           63
Make:              Honda CBR250RR
Team:              Idemitsu Boon Siew Honda Racing
Class:               Asia Production 250cc
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2016                CHAMPION, Yamaha PETRONAS Super Series, Malaysian Cub Prix
2017                4th overall, Wira, Malaysian Cub Prix
2018                CHAMPION, Wira, Malaysian Cub Prix
2019                CP115 – Malaysian Cub Prix Championship
                        Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup
 
 
Name:              Mohd Idlan Haqimi Raduan
Age:                 15 (2004)
Nat:                  MAS
Bike No:           19
Make:              Honda CBR250RR
Team:              Idemitsu Boon Siew Honda Racing
Class:               Asia Production 250cc
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2018                CHAMPION, Honda One Make Challenge, Malaysian Cub Prix
2019                Honda Thailand Talent Cup
 

ABOUT: BOON SIEW HONDA SDN BHD - MOTORSPORTS
 
Away from the marketplace, Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd. had also fulfilled its nation-building responsibilities with a solid motorsports talent development programme that created many of the current top Malaysian riders.
 
Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd.’s efforts in this field, had played an integral part in the growth of the motorcycle racing scene in Malaysia:
 
2007 Honda introduced its first mono-brand series into the Malaysian Cub Prix Championship, the Honda Wave 125-S Challenge. This series was reserved for first time riders. Today, these mono-brand series continue to play an important role in talent identification. 
 
2011 Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd. broke new ground by sending Malaysians Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman and Emir Firdaus Hasan to the 2011 Suzuka 4 Hours Championship. The duo caused a big stir when they bagged the top honours in their first try.
 
2012 Support from Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd., especially in the form of technical expertise and race management, was crucial in the formation of the Asia Dream Cup (predecessor of the Asia Talent Cup).
 
In the same year, a young 14-year-old named Khairul Idham Pawi won the Honda mono-brand series
 
2013 Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd. succeeded in placing Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman into the Moto2 class of the MotoGP. 2013 was a big year for Azlan’s career when he also won the Asian SuperSports 600cc title.
 
Back home, Khairul Idham Pawi continued to deliver. He won the Malaysian Cub Prix Wira title in 2013.
 
2014 Khairul Idham Pawi won the 2014 Asia Dream Cup title.
 
Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi won the 2014 Asian SuperSports 600cc trophy.
 
2015 Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd. continued Khairul’s training by enrolling him for a year in the CEV Moto3
 
 
 
2016 A busy year for the motorsports division of Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd.
 
Zaqhwan picked up his second Asian title in the SuperSports 600cc class.
 
Zaqhwan also made his 1000cc debut in the 2016 Suzuka 8 Hours.
 
Khairul Idham Pawi made his Moto3 debut in the MotoGP and promptly went on to win two races. To date, Khairul is the only Malaysian rider to have won GP races in any class.
 
2017 Khairul Idham Pawi moved up to the Moto2 class
 
2018 Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd. is not only about developing riders, but also team engineers and mechanics.
 
In 2018, the motorsports division of the Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd. was entrusted with the full running of the team’s entry in the Suzuka 8 Hours. Today, Boon Siew Honda trained race engineers are considered to be some of the best in the region.
 
 
 

 


 

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Malaysia
19 Sep 2019
Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd.
Idemitsu Boon Siew Honda Racing to ‘Test the Ap250 Waters’ Ahead of Planned Full Season Debut in 2020
Boon Siew Honda Sdn Bhd and Idemitsu Lubricants Malaysia will once again be working together to train the third generation of world class Malaysian riders. As part of their developmental plan, the two companies have come together to place a new team entry, Idemitsu Boon Siew Honda Racing, in the Asia Production 250cc class of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship.
 
The team’s full season debut is scheduled for the 2020 season. However, with the sixth leg of the 2019 season being held at the Sepang International Circuit, the team had decided to take advantage of the homeground advantage to gain an early gauge of the level of competition that they will be facing.
 
“The Asia Production 250cc class was added to the Asia Road Racing Championship roster in 2015. To date, the class had been dominated by Thai and Indonesian riders. However, we know that, given the calibre of Malaysian riders, they should be challenging for the title in every single season. After all, the Malaysian riders are dominant in every other category of the ARRC (ASB1000, SuperSports 600cc, and Underbone 150cc), except the 250cc class. By establishing our own factory outfit in the class, we take on the mission of changing the balance of power in this popular category,” said Mr. Keiichi Yasuda, MD and CEO of Boon Siew Honda Sdn Bhd.
 
For the purpose of this wildcard entry, Team Idemitsu Boon Siew Honda Racing will be fielding two upcoming young Malaysian riders – Muhammad Syarifuddin Azman and Muhammad Idlan Haqimi Raduan. The riders will be competing astride the Honda CBR250RR.
 
“I am both excited and nervous about this wildcard. The AP250 class is not an easy class to debut in. There are a lot of strong and aggressive riders on the grid,” said the 18-year-old Syarifuddin who stole the limelight as the Yamaha PETRONAS Super Series champion in 2016 and most recently won the 2018 Wira title with team Idemitsu Kozi Yam Honda Racing.
 
Likewise, 15-year-old Muhammad Idlan Haqimi Raduan was the 2018 Honda One Make Challenge champion. Both riders had been placed on Honda’s accelerated talent development path that had succeeded in creating world-class Malaysian riders like Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi, Khairul Idham Pawi, and Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman.


BACKGROUNDER

ABOUT: IDEMITSU BOON SIEW HONDA RACING
 
CHAMPIONSHIP:                                 FIM ASIA ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIP
RACE CLASS:                                        ASIA PRODUCTION 250cc
BIKE MODEL:                                       HONDA CBR250RR
PROVISIONAL TEAM MEMBERS:        Zulhelmi Ahmad (Team Manager)
                                                            Zarul Sirat (Chief Mechanic)
                                                            Muhammad Syarifuddin Azman (Rider)
                                                            Mohd Idlan Hakimi Raduan
 
 
RIDER PROFILES
 
Name:              Muhammad Syarifuddin Azman
Age:                 18 (2001)
Nat:                  MAS
Bike No:           63
Make:              Honda CBR250RR
Team:              Idemitsu Boon Siew Honda Racing
Class:               Asia Production 250cc
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2016                CHAMPION, Yamaha PETRONAS Super Series, Malaysian Cub Prix
2017                4th overall, Wira, Malaysian Cub Prix
2018                CHAMPION, Wira, Malaysian Cub Prix
2019                CP115 – Malaysian Cub Prix Championship
                        Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup
 
 
Name:              Mohd Idlan Haqimi Raduan
Age:                 15 (2004)
Nat:                  MAS
Bike No:           19
Make:              Honda CBR250RR
Team:              Idemitsu Boon Siew Honda Racing
Class:               Asia Production 250cc
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2018                CHAMPION, Honda One Make Challenge, Malaysian Cub Prix
2019                Honda Thailand Talent Cup
 

ABOUT: BOON SIEW HONDA SDN BHD - MOTORSPORTS
 
Away from the marketplace, Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd. had also fulfilled its nation-building responsibilities with a solid motorsports talent development programme that created many of the current top Malaysian riders.
 
Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd.’s efforts in this field, had played an integral part in the growth of the motorcycle racing scene in Malaysia:
 
2007 Honda introduced its first mono-brand series into the Malaysian Cub Prix Championship, the Honda Wave 125-S Challenge. This series was reserved for first time riders. Today, these mono-brand series continue to play an important role in talent identification. 
 
2011 Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd. broke new ground by sending Malaysians Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman and Emir Firdaus Hasan to the 2011 Suzuka 4 Hours Championship. The duo caused a big stir when they bagged the top honours in their first try.
 
2012 Support from Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd., especially in the form of technical expertise and race management, was crucial in the formation of the Asia Dream Cup (predecessor of the Asia Talent Cup).
 
In the same year, a young 14-year-old named Khairul Idham Pawi won the Honda mono-brand series
 
2013 Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd. succeeded in placing Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman into the Moto2 class of the MotoGP. 2013 was a big year for Azlan’s career when he also won the Asian SuperSports 600cc title.
 
Back home, Khairul Idham Pawi continued to deliver. He won the Malaysian Cub Prix Wira title in 2013.
 
2014 Khairul Idham Pawi won the 2014 Asia Dream Cup title.
 
Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi won the 2014 Asian SuperSports 600cc trophy.
 
2015 Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd. continued Khairul’s training by enrolling him for a year in the CEV Moto3
 
 
 
2016 A busy year for the motorsports division of Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd.
 
Zaqhwan picked up his second Asian title in the SuperSports 600cc class.
 
Zaqhwan also made his 1000cc debut in the 2016 Suzuka 8 Hours.
 
Khairul Idham Pawi made his Moto3 debut in the MotoGP and promptly went on to win two races. To date, Khairul is the only Malaysian rider to have won GP races in any class.
 
2017 Khairul Idham Pawi moved up to the Moto2 class
 
2018 Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd. is not only about developing riders, but also team engineers and mechanics.
 
In 2018, the motorsports division of the Boon Siew Honda Sdn. Bhd. was entrusted with the full running of the team’s entry in the Suzuka 8 Hours. Today, Boon Siew Honda trained race engineers are considered to be some of the best in the region.