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Shahrol Yuzy aiming for first win at home race

Shahrol Yuzy aiming for first win at home race

Shahrol Yuzy aiming for first win at home race

Shahrol Yuzy returns to his native Malaysia this weekend with one thing one his mind. Despite having finished no higher than eighth this season, the 26 year old from Kuala Lumpur believes he is capable of picking up his first career win at the Sepang track on Sunday. If he does it will be the second time his Petronas Sprinta Yamaha TVK team have stepped to the top of the podium this year, thanks to Sebastian Porto´s maiden victory in Rio three weeks ago.

`I have improved my times in the races and qualifying as the season has gone on and I am prepared to challenge for the victory this weekend,´ said Yuzy, who crashed out of fifth place after three laps of the 250 race last year. `First of all it is important I can finish the race but if I can get a good start like last year I am sure I can stay with the front group. My family and friends are here and I will have the support of the crowd so I feel confident.´

Currently lying fourteenth in championship, 28 points behind tenth placed Naoki Matsudo, Yuzy explained the importance of his Argentinean team-mate´s efforts in what has been another season of learning at the highest level. `Sebastian is a very good rider with a lot of experience and he helps me a lot. He gets his bike set-up very quickly whereas I am a bit slower so I can take some of my settings from him. The whole team have done very well this year and now I feel it is my turn to repay them with maximum points on Sunday. If we can get some good results over the last three races then I think we can make the top ten in the championship, which was our objective at the start of the season.´

With the popularity of MotoGP on the increase in Malaysia and the arrival of major corporations to the sport, Yuzy believes that motorcycle racing is bigger than any other motorsport in this part of the world. `Malaysian people just love bikes. Maybe there is a bigger crowd here at Sepang for F1 but that is because more people come in from abroad. In terms of local support, there is more people coming to watch MotoGP. The Malaysian Championship is also improving and I think over the next couple of years we will see more riders coming through into Grand Prix.´

250cc, 2002, Gauloises Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix

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