Lee Ching Hooi Makes Come Back In Malaysian Super Series

17th May, Sepang  - After a year's absence, two-time superbike champion, Lee Ching Hooi will be making a comeback to the Malaysian Super Series, which opens its five-round biking competition this weekend in Sepang.

Floored by a serious ankle injury in November 2005 that required seven screws planted to his right foot, Ching Hooi would return to the track with newly-established Kawasaki Malaysia Racing Team; partnering seasoned campaigners Faiz Yahya and Mohd Edham Khalid.

"I am very excited about returning and really looking forward for the race this weekend. The foot still hurts but the feeling of watching the race from the pits hurts even more. It should be okay," said the 36-year old rider, who would be riding a brand new 1000cc Kawasaki ZX10.

Winner of the Superbike Championship in 2004, Ching Hooi retained the title in style in 2005 with a round to spare, sweeping aside his challengers that included 2004 champion Brent Odgers of Australia and Japan's Yasuhiro Kuhara - who finally won the title last year in Ching Hooi's absence.

Representing Naza PanGlobal Racing Team, Ching Hooi fell during practice on his Ducati 999 machine for the final round for 2005 in November; forcing him to take a year's absence on the advice of his doctors.

"All that is history now and we at the Kawasaki Malaysia Racing Team aim to make an immediate impact in the series this season," said Ching Hooi, adding that it was time for Kawasaki to rule the Superbike Championship.

Expecting tougher competition this year, Ching Hooi said that the standard had gone higher last year and that he was made to understand some of the top riders were coming in with faster bikes for the new season.

The car and biking competitions for the MSS had been separated this year in view of the huge participation; and joining the Superbike Championship for the opening Round 1 this weekend are the 600cc Supersports Championship, the 250cc Aprilia Cup, the 150cc Kawasaki Cup and the 125cc Production Bike Championship.

Qualifying for all categories would be run on Saturday (May 19). All participants would then compete in two compulsory races on Sunday in deciding the winners for Round 1.

The second of a five-round series for the bikes would be held on 9th and 10th June with Round 2 for the cars competitions to be run on the following weekend on 16th and 17th June.

For details, contact the Press Officer Azhar Ghazali at 019-3837865.


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