FAKHRUSY Syakirin Rostam's hopes of upstaging Wira class rival Mohd Hafiz Nor Azman were undone after he crashed in the practice sessions, ruling him out of the final leg of the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship at Batu Kawan Stadium, Penang today.
The AAP Mazoil Armstrong Motorsport rider was declared unfit to continue by track medical officials, having fractured his left arm after crashing at Turn Eight on his third lap in free practice yesterday morning.
With Fakhrusy unable to make-up the seven-point deficit (158 points) he currently suffers, Hafiz who leads the standings with 165 points can afford to miss today's race and still be crowned Wira overall champion as Tengku Amirul Haffiruddin in third is 42 points adrift.
"There are mixed feelings here. I am happy to know that I am an inch away from the Wira title and I can thank my lucky stars for that but at the same time, I feel bad for Fakhrusy," said Hafiz.
"No rider likes to crash and get injured. He is a talented rider and I hope he recovers soon."
Mohd Zamri Baba led the CP130 timed practice, motivated by his recent success in the final leg of the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) in Qatar.
The Petronas Syntium Moto Yamaha Raceline rider grabbed pole ahead of Round Eight and Nine winner Mohd Affendi Rosli.
Affendi of Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing was second ahead of Mohd Ramdan Mohd Rosli (Petronas Syntium Moto Yamaha AHM).
In the CP115 class, Mohd Amirul Ariff Musa set a new track record en route to pole position.
The Pachie Yuzy Honda Racing rider gunning for the title broke the best lap time of 55.831s set by Ahmad Abdul Kadir (Apido Yamaha Boon Kui) last year to replace it with a new time of 53.945s, which was 1.886 seconds faster.
Mohd Azhar Abdul Jalil (Motul Yamaha YY Pang) and Sasitharen Sukumaran (M-Seki Liberty Honda Racing) were second and third fastest respectively.