Persaud prepared to withstand ‘International heat’
Motor Biker Kevin Persaud knows he will have his work cut out for him when the final leg of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championships (CMRC) are staged on Sunday at the South Dakota Circuit.
Added to fellow local riders and some Caribbean competition, Persaud has to contend with a team Mohamed’s Enterprise trio who are in red hot form.
The pair of Bryce Prince (unbeaten after 12 races in the Caribbean) and Matt Truelove (fastest time at South Dakota in 33.3s) were simply unstoppable on their first outing in Guyana. They will be joined by Jason Aguilar, current MotoAmerica Superstock champion.
“It is a pleasure having them, and I look forward to the challenge. I hope we locals can do well against them, and give them a hard time in their quest for a podium finish. Riding against them is a dream come true; and it is better for us, since we get to learn from them, and we get to improve our style”, the 18 year-old told Guyana Times Sport.
Persaud will be sporting a red and black 2012 Kawasaki ZX 6R, which according to him is fully ready and just waiting for him to get crucial practice hours under his belt.
“The bike is finished. I just need to go and put in the extra hours now, ahead of the meet, I have not had much practice as yet, so I’m hoping to be at the track regularly and practising ahead of race day,” he disclosed.
At the second edition of the National Race of Champions, held in July, rain hampered many of the day’s proceedings, and Persaud’s performance, as he fell in the third lap of his first race. Prior to that mishap, however, he was the man to beat, since he had clocked the fastest lap time of 36.759s at the national championship held in April.
His performances put him in pole position to cop the local title, since he has 75 points while John Bennett with 69 and Ravi Singh with (49) round off the top three spots.
“Winning the local championship is my main goal, and that is actually the reason why I am racing. And also I am seeking to gain some points for Team Guyana”.
Expressing his gratitude for sponsors such as Palm Court, Motor Trend, R Kissoon Contracting Services, Miracle Optical, R. Ramlagan and Sons, Professional key shop among others, he noted that he plans to give them a treat, and asks for the fans to support the “KP#93 gang”. (Akeem Greene)