Published on July 25th, 2017 | by Subhash Nair


First Ever Malaysian Motorsport Team Helming Satu HATI, Honda Asia Team at Suzuka 8 Hours

Boon Siew Honda Motorsports Team Manager, Zulhelmi bin Ahmad together with his mechanic team will be the first Malaysian team leading the Satu HATI. Honda Team Asia at 40th “Coca-Cola” Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race and given the opportunity to uplift BSH in the global stage.

How the Young Malaysian Shine On International Stage

Satu HATI. Honda Team Asia was established in 2012 with a mission to develop Asian
motor sport. During the first year, the team started with two Japanese riders and one
Malaysian rider – Azlan Shah. Among the Japanese riders, Makoto Tamada who is an
experienced legend rider who won MotoGP in 2004. This marked the beginning of the story
for young Malaysians competing in the World class endurance race.

In the first year of 2012, they crossed the grid line at 25th. For the second year, Azlan Shah
was invited again, and the team managed to get 6th place with Tamada and Yuki Takahashi
who is also MotoGP rider. On the following year, 2014, Tamada became the team manager
and three riders were formed from Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia. The other Young
Malaysian called Mohamad Zamri Baba joined the team and resulted in 7 th place in 2014. As
Team Manager, Tamada started his vision to establish a “Pure” Asian team, which includes
not only riders, but also mechanics, as well as managers from Asian countries.

Hence, Tamada appointed Boon Siew Honda team to support and trained them gradually,
the Boon Siew Honda staffs as a whole mechanic team. In 2015, three Asian riders came
from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. This time Azlan Shah was invited again,
unfortunately, the racing machine encountered technical issue and resulted in 18 th place. In
2016, Boon Siew Honda’s rider Zaqhwan Zaidi, the Asian Road Racing Championship
(ARRC) SS600 class 2016 champion, first joined the endurance race and supported by
Boon Siew Honda mechanic staffs. They got 8th place which is the highest score among all
Honda teams including works team. This year, Tamada’s dream almost came true as he has
decided to remain the same riders in the team and involve BSH Motorsport’s team manager,
chief mechanics and chief data engineer to handle the whole race.

This decision does not come in sudden as Tamada has dreamt to build an independent
Asian team, not limited to rider, on international stage since his career in Satu HATI. Honda
Team Asia in 2014 as Team Manager. The effort can be seen when he first setup the Asian
rider team in 2015 to compete with other MotoGP rider and yet getting Best Honda Team
title at 8 th place in 2016.

Legendary Rider – Team Manager – Makoto Tamada

Makoto Tamada started his riding career in 2012 as part of the Satu HATI. Honda Team
Asia and has been part of MuSASHi Boon Siew Honda in ARRC. In 2014, Tamada decided
to become the team manager of Satu HATI. Honda Team Asia and has been managing the
team up till the 39 th Coca Cola Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race. As Team Manager,
Tamada started his vision to establish a “pure” Asian team, which includes not only riders,
but also mechanics, as well as managers from Asian countries.

This year, his dream is about to come true as he has appointed Zulhelmi Ahmad and his
team from Boon Siew Honda Motorsports Malaysia to lead and manage the Satu HATI.
Honda Asia Team for this year’s 40 th Coca Cola Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race.

Young Malaysian – Team Manager – Zulhelmi Ahmad

Zulhelmi is the first Malaysian appointed by Makoto Tamada together the Chief Mechanic,
Muhammad Zarul Bin Sirat and Chief Data engineer, Mr Mohamad Redzuan Bin Kamis to
lead the Honda Team Asia. The Honda Team Asia formed among Zaqhwan Zaidi (MY),
Ratthapong Wilairot (TH), and Dimas Ekky Pratama (IN) who managed to finish the race at
8th place in last year’s Suzuka endurance race will be supported and supervised by Zulhelmi
and team.

In 2002, Zulhelmi started off his riding career at Malaysian Cub Prix and retired as a
professional rider for BSH in 2007. With the dreams of following his passion, he joined BSH
in 2010 as a team coordinator for Musashi Boon Siew Honda Racing and was promoted as
team manager in 2016. Zulhelmi leadership and guidance has lead local riders such as
Khairul Idham Pawi, Zaqhwan Zaidi and Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman in winning
championships and podium finishes.

Over the years, BSH has been passionate in developing the young local motorsport
enthusiast by providing various platform for an individual to grow and achieve success in
their motorsports career. This is proud achievement for BSH to have the local team
competing at a global stage.

Young Malaysian – Chief Mechanic – Muhammad Zarul Bin Sirat

Prior to joining Boon Siew Honda, Muhammad Zarul started his career as a mechanic for
Motocross Malaysia for almost three years before officially joining at Boon Siew Honda in
2009. Over the 8 years of this service as a mechanic, Zarul was the backbone for MUSASHi
Boon Siew Honda Racing team riders in a range of two-wheel motorsports event such as
Suzuka 4 Hours, ARRC 600 as well as Suzuka 8 Hours. He passion and commitment has
led some of our riders such as Emir Firdaus and Zaqhwan Zaidi into champions.

Young Malaysian – Chief Data Engineer – Mohamad Redzuan Bin Kamis @ Johan

Mohamad Redzuan started off as mechanic for Boon Siew Honda since 2010. Bringing on
his experience as racing mechanic for a private team in Malaysian Cub Prix, Redzuan has
been one of the core mechanic team supporting the MUSASHi Boon Siew Honda Racing for
over 7 years. Similar to Muhamad Zarul, Redzuan has participated to array of motorsport
racing events and has helped to riders such as Azlan Shah, Zambri Baba and Zaqhwan

The 40th “Coca-Cola” Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race will be happening on the 28 July till
30 July.

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