KUALA LUMPUR, 6 MAY 2017 – The second round of the 2017 Malaysian SuperMoto Championship (MSMC) kicked-off with over 60 budding and professional SuperMoto riders competing for the top podium spot and standing points. Officiated by YB Datuk Seri Utama Tengku Adnan bin Tengku Mansor, Minister of Federal Territories and YBhg. Datuk Seri Hj. Mhd. Amin Nordin bin Abd. Aziz, the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, the 2-day free admission race will fill spectators with high-adrenaline race, concerts, carnivals and a motorcycle as a lucky draw grand prize.
SuperMoto, a race that combines various exciting elements of motocross, dirt track and road racing in one discipline, feature jumps, tight hairpin turns, and high-speed straights on both dirt and asphalt surfaces. Tracks and venues can vary considerably, allowing races to be held at racing circuits, sports stadiums, open car parks and closed-course city streets. This unique sport offers pure excitement for spectators who can be as close as a few metres from the race.
The 2017 series consists of five classes – SM Open, SM Novice, SM CKD Open, SM CKD and SM Veteran. Participants are required to obtain an official license by AAM to compete in any of the categories. The championship is open to all Malaysian riders who seeks to expand their interest in this field.
“Across Malaysia’s history, Kuala Lumpur has been a popular hub for motorsports development, and we are pleased that DBKL has welcomed the MSMC with open arms. This championship is a one-of-a-kind competition in the nation’s two-wheel industry. It acts as catalysts to the surging sport in Malaysia, as well as a platform to seek for the next star rider,” said Satheswaran Mayachandran, CEO of Asia Supersports Group.
“Fans and spectators can expect an exciting day during the race with professional riders competing for the top spot. The 2016 FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship’s overall title holder, Muhd Habibullah Salleh (Gabit), will also be competing under the SM Open category against former champions. Moreover, winners of this round are entitled to an entry in the regional race,” he added.
The 800-metres track will feature two hairpin turns, tight corners and two dirt sections with high jumps expected from riders. Riders are expected to speed through the straight tarmacs and reach a maximum speed of 100kmph. A heated battle is expected on the two long straights with the turns at the end of both tracks being the crucial point for front-runners to lead the race.
On the track, Gabit expressed his anxiety to compete and hopefully ace the championship despite facing tough contenders on the track. “I will fully utilise my skills that were learnt over the course of my competition on the global stage, and hopefully retain my top position and title as a national representative.”
Muhammad Ibrahim Norrodin, younger sibling to Malaysia’s Grand Prix motorcycle rider Muhamad Adam Norrodin, and champion for the MSMC Round 1 last December will also compete against former MSMC champions Khairy Zakaria and Muhd Al-Amirul Ashshahid.
In conjunction with the race, Persatuan Karyawan Malaysia will also be organising a carnival that includes a concert featuring local renowned artists including Saleem, Amelina, Siti Sarah, Haiza, Joey Joras, Irfan Haris, Ismail Izzani, Shaa, Fiena Mentor, Oja & Tunable and also the debut of a supergroup established by the legendary Yazid Search, Rampage.
Moreover, over 30 celebrities will be displaying their line of products ranging from fashion to accessories for spectators to purchase. Among the artists are Encik Mimpi, Aznah Hamid, Noorshila Amin, Hasnol, Fazli Zainal, Zul Yahya, Adam Corrie, Raja Azmi and Abon.
Community-based activities including the registration and verification of election status by the Election Commission of Malaysia (SPR), dental check-ups by the Ministry of Health, and compound payment counter by DBKL, will also be offered as part of the carnival.
For more information, visit MSMC’s Facebook at Malaysian SuperMoto Championship or Instagram at @malaysiansupermotochampionship.
The Malaysian SuperMoto Championship is organised by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall, in partnership with Asia Supersports Group, Ultra Blue Sdn Bhd and Yayasan Bakti Tun Razak. The race is sanctioned by the Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM); supported by the Ministry of Federal Territories and the Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau.