PETALING JAYA: Mohd Azman Syarifuddin kept Malaysia’s flag flying high when he blazed to his second career win in the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar on Sunday.

The 16-year-old stole the show in Race 2 of the season-opening round with a well-executed overtaking move at the last corner to win.

The Asia Talent Cup is the support series for the MotoGP world championship and Azman had won his first title at the venue last year.

Azman, who is competing in his second year in the series, had earlier finished third in Race 1 on Saturday.

Race 1 winner Kanta Hamada came in second with just 0.049s off the Malaysian rider to maintain his overall lead with 45 points and Harrison Voight from Australia completed the podium in third spot.

Azman, who is second overall with 41 points, was pleased to see the Jalur Gemilang raised on Qatar soil.

“I want to thank my team, sponsors and family for making this possible this weekend,” said Azman.

“I was struggling at first in Race 2 but I managed to put consistent laps to keep pace with the leading group.”

Scottish rider John McPhee claimed the second step of the podium for Petronas Sprinta Racing in the Moto3 race, just losing out on the win by 0.053s.

Malaysian teammate Khairul Idham Pawi, making his racing return after a long lay-off due to injury, finished 26th.

Khairul had to start from the back of the grid in 31st spot after his best lap time was deleted due to infringement of track limits.

Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah, riding for Aspar Team, finished 19th in the Moto2 race.

Due to the postponement of the Thai GP, there will now be an extended break for the grid before the race moves on to the Circuit of the Americas in Texas from April 3-5.

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