The Sepang International Circuit is hosting this weekend’s PETRONAS Grand Prix of Malaysia, in which the PETRONAS MIE Racing RW Team is fielding riders Azroy Anuar and Helmi Azman as a wildcard entry in the Moto2 category.
Having completed Friday’s initial practices with encouraging results, Saturday’s action brought a final free practice session and the all-important qualifying, which ran in typically hot conditions with humidity levels as high as 90%. In the morning’s FP3, both Anuar and Azman continued to make good progress, each able to find another second with respect to their respective performances in yesterday’s sessions. Azroy’s best, a 2’08.766, saw him position thirtieth, with team-mate Helmi placing thirty-first with a time of 2’09.815.
Back on track at 1.45pm local time (CET+7) for the first qualifying session. With only fifteen minutes in which to set a fast time, the two PETRONAS MIE Racing RW riders did their best to get to grips with the challenging format. Picking up the pace throughout the phase, Anuar set a fastest time of 2’08.183 to qualify twenty-ninth. Team-mate Azman also set his best time in the final minutes to place thirty-first with a 2’10.112.
Having improved their speed and placement with respect to yesterday, the eager duo look forward to the 17-lap Moto2 race, which is set to get underway at 1.15pm local time tomorrow.
#20 Azroy Anuar P29
“I’m happy with today’s FP3 and qualifying as we’ve been able to improve consistently throughout the day. Hopefully, I can do even more in tomorrow’s race and carry on the positive trend we’ve seen over the weekend so far. I want to thank everybody for their support and for giving me the opportunity to wildcard here in Malaysia.”
#32 Helmi Azman P31
“In FP3 I was able to improve a lot compared to Friday’s sessions. I tried to do the same in qualifying, but unfortunately I had a mechanical issue with the bike and couldn’t improve as I did in FP3. So we’re done for today and will now prepare for tomorrow’s race. I will give 100% heading into the race and do my best to stick with the group. Overall, I’m happy with the way we’re working this weekend – the team is keeping me motivated and we’ve improved in every session. Now we’ll identify the best set-up for the race, in which I’ll do my best to maintain the pace and finish in a good position.”