MOTOR CYCLING: Siti makes the boys look inferior
SITI Norafizah Muhammad caused a sensation in the SIC Ninja 250 Cup at the Sepang Circuit yesterday when the sole female rider upstaged her male rivals to take victory in Round Three.
The 17-year-old, affectionately known as 'Fifi', marked Malaysia Day celebrations with a piece of history as the first woman to win a Malaysian Super Series (MSS) event (motorcycle) and also a motorcycle race at the Sepang Circuit.
Siti Norafizah is also only the second woman to have won a MSS race (car), emulating Switzerland's Cyndie Allerman who won the Super GT class sportscar race in Round Two in May.
"I am shocked. I just can't believe that I won. This is my first win," said Siti Nurafizah, who started racing on mini bikes since she was nine and occasionally competes in the Petronas Malaysian Cub Prix Championship.
Starting ninth on the grid, Siti Nurfaizah, who finished sixth in the junior class and ninth overall in the opening race on Saturday, said she just pressed forward to focus on her own race and found herself leading the eight-lap race as she entered the penultimate lap.
"I actually did not have a perfect race. I overshot twice at Turn Nine.
"I am very happy to win but there's plenty that I need to learn about motor racing," she said.
Seventh in Friday's qualifying, the Fifth Former with Sekolah Menengah Kelapa Sawit in Kulai, Johor, said she hoped to build on the success and make another impact on Round Four, which would be run as a support event for the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Oct 19-21.
RESULTS -- SIC Ninja 250 Cup (Race Two, 8 laps) -- Junior: 1 Siti Norafizah Muhammad (Kawasaki Ninja) 22:10.297s, 2 (Kawasaki Ninja) 22:11.417s, 3 Has Fauzan Hassan (Kawasaki Ninja) 22:11.781s.
Open: 1 Muhammad Fazli Mansuar (Kawasaki Ninja) 22:12.420s, 2 Abd Wafi Hassan (Kawasaki Ninja) 22:12.639s, 3 Adam Muza Muhayen (Kawasaki Ninja) 22:44.360s.