• British rider Lewis Cornish finishes first in both Moto 1 and Moto 2 with a strong lead, earning him the top spot on the podium.
    •  Thailand’s Trakarn Thangthong secures the second spot on the podium.
    • Local rider Mohd Habibullah Mohd Salleh aka Gabit raced a close battle against Japanese rider Kiyoshi Saai but weather problems in Moto 2 set the Malaysian rider back and caused him the third spot on the podium.
    • Round 2 to take place in the same venue tomorrow.

Kuala Lumpur, 6 June 2015 – Round 1 of the 2015 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship has just concluded today at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang, Selangor (MAEPS) with Lewis Cornish (England) finishing first in both Moto 1 and Moto 2, thus earning him the first spot on the podium with a total of 50 points. Taking the second spot on the podium was Trakarn Thangthong (Thailand) with a total of 42 points. Japanese rider Kiyoshi Saai came in fourth in Moto 1 but worked his way up to finish in third during Moto 2, thus earning the third spot on the podium with a total of 40 points. Moto 2 saw some changes in the track with the off-road portion being closed off due to the rain but the riders’ performance didn’t seem to be affected all that much.

British rider Lewis Cornish who has been riding since he was 13 years old was seen dominating the whole of today with a huge lead over the other riders on his KTM 450 SX-F throughout the entire race. “Today was a very good day. It was my first time riding the bike today. Kenny Lee (of Kenny Motorworks) sorted me out with a very sweet bike. Hopefully it’ll be the same again tomorrow”.

Trakan Thangthong finished second in Moto 1 and it was very clear that he would secure the second spot again in Moto 2.  “This race is really fun with riders from all over the region coming together and I’m thankful for finishing second in both Moto1 and Moto2.  The third round after tomorrow will be in my home country of Thailand so I’m having big hopes of winning the race on my home ground but at the same time I’m also feeling nervous”.

Today’s race saw a lot of back and forth action between Kiyoshi Saai and Malaysia’s Mohd Habibullah Mohd Salleh aka Gabit but it was the Japanese rider who came out on top in the end to secure a spot on the podium.  “This is my first time joining the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship and I’m really enjoying the experience. I’m definitely going to try to win the next round tomorrow”.

Gabit performed well in front of his countrymen today, finishing third in Moto 1 but several setbacks in Moto 2 caused him a podium finish. “I felt the preparation work for my performance today was lacking. Today’s Moto 2 race was carried out in the rain but I didn’t have any rain tyres. I had to use my standard road tyres which led me to lose some grip. The competition in this championship is really fast but I feel the Malaysian riders have a chance of securing a finish between the second and fourth place. To finish first would be really hard because Lewis Cornish and Trakarn Thangthong are simply too fast. My only hope for the next round would be for the Malaysian team to give us more support in terms of providing proper equipment like tyres as well as skilled mechanics. The support we’ve received today was somewhat lacking. Lastly, a big thank you to Bike Nation, Husqvarna and Cycle World Malaysia for supporting me”.

Round 2 will take place tomorrow at the same venue. Points collected on both days will be tabulated as championship points. At the completion of six rounds, the rider with the most points will be declared as the 2015 FIM Asia Supermoto Champion and the country represented will be awarded the 2015 FIM Asia Supermoto Champion- Country

Round 1 – 2015 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship Top 3 Results

  1. Lewis Cornish (United Kingdom) – 50 points
  2. Trakarn Thangthong (Thailand) – 42 points
  3. Kiyoshi Saai (Japan) – 40 points


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