After six successful rounds of heated Supermoto battles amongst the top riders from across the globe, the 2015 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship has finally come to a conclusion over the weekend with Thailand’s Trakarn Thangthong emerging as the 2015 Overall Champion. After every round, riders collect points that are to be included into the championship’s overall standings. Completing the season in the second overall place is Malaysia’s Mohammad Khairi Zakaria followed by fellow Malaysian Mohd Habbibullah bin Mohd Salleh aka Gabit in third.
Riders who participated over the weekend included Chris Hodgson (UK), Lewis Cornish (UK), Trakarn Thangthong (Thailand), Ben Prasit Hallgren (Thailand), Mohammad Khairi Zakaria (Malaysia), Mohd Habbibullah bin Mohd Salleh aka Gabit (Malaysia), Mohd Al-Amirul Ashshahid bin Mohd Salleh aka Gaban (Malaysia),Wong Chun Voon (Malaysia), Takashi Sasaki (Japan), Pedro Wuner (Indonesia), Lin Chin-Pei (Taiwan), Chang Kuan Chun (Taiwan), Sun Tong (China), Chen Peng (China), Edgars Ivushkans (Latvia), JongHo Park (South Korea), Sangeeth Suriyage (Sri Lanka), and Muhammad Hasroy bin Osman (Singapore).
Round 5, which was the second last round of the season, took place on Saturday (November 21) at Perda City Mall, Penang. Moto 1 saw Cornish finishing in first followed by Trakarn and Gaban. Moto 2 saw Cornish and Trakarn finishing in first and second again with Mohd Khairi in third. Despite remaining dominant throughout the weekend, the points collected by Cornish were not included into the Asian championship’s overall standings.
Round 6, the final round of the season, took place on the following day (November 22) on the same track. In Moto 1, Trakarn finally managed to figure out Cornish and catch up to him, finishing first ahead of the British Rider with Gaban coming in at third. The venue witnessed a heavy downpour in the afternoon which led to a moderately wet race in Moto 2. After suffering a minor collision with Cornish in the earlier part of the race, Trakarn fell behind and finished in fourth. Taking the top 3 positions were Cornish, Gaban and Mohd Khairi.
Running concurrently with the championship over the weekend was also the finale of the 2015 Malaysian Supermoto Championship. 70 of Malaysia’s top riders battled it out to clinch the title of the nation’s best rider in five categories – SM CKD, SM CKD Open, SM Novice, SM Open, and SM Veteran.
Event attendees were also treated to a display of over twenty customized cars and customized bikes, courtesy of Art of Speed Malaysia, Malaysia’s own homegrown Ol’ Skool & Kustom Kulture. The event also featured live music from local artistes.
MotoJamm, an international motorcycle freestyle entertainment show featuring Spanish Motorcycle Trial Stunter Albert Dos Temps and local Trial Riders from the Pangkolo Riders team were also present to thrill event attendees throughout the weekend. A trial bike competition also took place on Sunday.
• The Miri Go-Kart Circuit has been confirmed as the race venue for Round 4.
• This will be the first ever Supermoto race to be held in Sarawak.
• Riders Chris Hodgson (UK), Sangeeth Suriyage (Sri Lanka), Pedro Wuner (Indonesia), Jason Park (South Korea), and Mohd Al-Amirul Ashshahid bin .Mohd Salleh aka Gaban (Malaysia) have been added into the line-up
• New riders are expected to provide fierce competition for the existing riders.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 22 2015 – The 2015 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship has come to a halfway point as it enters its fourth leg of the season. Eleven of the world’s best Supermoto riders from over eight countries will gather at the Miri Go-Kart Circuit in Kuching, East Malaysia this September 26th and 27th to participate in the fourth round of this year’s championship. This will mark the first time Sarawak has ever hosted a Supermoto race.
This round will witness a few riders being added into the line-up. 26 year old British rider Chris Hodgson will be stepping in as a wildcard. Hodgson has been racing since the tender age of six and has been participating in Motocross races for over ten years. In 2004, Hodgson decided to make the switch to Supermoto racing after winning the Scottish Championship. Some of his best achievements include being the British Supermoto 450 and Open Class Champion for four years in a row from 2011 to 2014 as well as being the 2014 IMF Malaysia Champion. Fans can expect Hodgson to give some fierce competition to the other riders at Miri.
Also joining in on the action at Miri will be Sri Lanka’s Sangeeth Suriyage. The 22 year old rider is currently the SM2 National Championship leader back in his home country. Earlier this year, Suriyage came in first in the 250cc Supermotard category during Round 2 of the 2015 Katukurunda Circuit Meet. “A big thanks to the FIM Asia Federation for giving me this opportunity to participate in an international race. This will be a great exposure and learning experience for me,” stated the rider.
2014 Indonesian Supermoto Champion Pedro Wuner will be heating things up as well in Round 4. The 32 year old Indonesian rider will be racing on behalf of the AHRS Djagung Racing Factory. Aside from being crowned last year’s Indonesian Supermoto Champion, Wuner was also the first runner-up in the 2009 and 2010 Indonesia Freestyle Motocross Championship. He was also crowned the Indonesian Novice Champion in 2007 and 2008.
South Korea’s top Supermoto rider Jason Park is also set to participate in the upcoming round. Park has represented his nation before in this championship back in 2012 and will be returning once again to continue where he left off. Some of Park’s achievements include finishing third in the 2015 Philippines Superbike Championship (Class 2 Middleweight category), finishing third in the 2013 Korea Supermoto Race, and finishing second in the 2012 Korea Supermoto Race.
Also set to race in Round 4 is Mohd Al-Amirul Ashshahid bin Mohd Salleh or better known as Gaban. The rider from Kenny Motorworks Racing Team was the 2012 Malaysian Super Series (Superstock) Champion, 2012 Malaysian Supermoto Series (S2) Champion, and 2011 S2 Champion in the Malaysian Supermoto Championship. Gaban will be racing alongside his younger brother Mohd Habibullah bin Mohd Salleh aka Gabit who is currently fourth in the championship’s overall standings with 104 points. Both brothers are well loved by Malaysian fans and are expected to receive a thunderous amount of support as they race in their home country.
Be sure to head down to the Miri Go-Kart Circuit this September 26th and 27th to catch all the action!
- Thai rider Trakarn Thangthong finishes first in both Moto 1 and Moto 2.
- Malaysian rider Mohammad Khairi Zakria claims the second spot on the podium while Thai wild card rider Apidej finishes in third.
- Overwhelming heat and challenges from the short track layout posed several difficulties for the riders.
- Trakarn remains first in the overall championship standings while Japan’s Kiyoshi Saai places second and Khairi in third.
Bangkok, 26 June 2015 – The third round of the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship has just concluded today at the open carpark of Wonder World Fun Park, Bangkok with local hometown hero Trakarn Thangthong coming out on the top of the podium with 50 points to retain his current lead in the overall championship standings. Taking the second spot on the podium was Malaysian rider Mohammad Khairi Zakaria with 44 points while Thailand’s Apidej finishes in third with 38 points.
Despite being a tarmac-only track with no off-road section, the riders were still challenged with the scorching heat and slipperiness issues. Today’s track was also significantly shorter than the previous track in Serdang, with much more corners to account for, thus posing even more challenges to the riders.
A throng of Thai fans came pouring in at the venue today to support their favourite rider Trakarn Thangthong. Despite having to fulfill obligatory meet-and-greet and autography signing sessions, Trakarn managed to come out victorious in both Moto 1 and Moto2. The KTM rider commented, “Today’s race was difficult because of the heat. Also, it’s very tiring to ride in a track that’s short with many corners. My front and rear brakes were fading a bit from the overwhelming heat but fortunately my team was on the job, constantly rectifying the problem throughout the day. I would like to congratulate all the other riders who finished on the podium. I would also like to thank to all my Thai fans for coming over today to cheer me on. I couldn’t have done it without their support”. This afternoon’s temperature was recorded at 34oC which proved to be too much Trakarn as he had to be driven off in an ambulance after the podium ceremony for dehydration.
Malaysian rider Mohammad Khairi Zakaria was constantly giving Trakarn a good fight throughout the day as he recorded the second fastest lap during the Qualifying round with a time difference of just 0.38 seconds, and finished behind the Thai rider in Moto 1 by just 1.57 seconds. The Husqvarna rider started out with a good lead during the first half of Moto 2. Midway through the race, heat and braking issues began to take over and caused the Malaysian to drop from first to second position. “This round’s track is much shorter than usual, and it’s harder to overtake the other riders on this track. However, the tarmac is a little smoother than the last one in Serdang, so I could go faster. I’m a little dissatisfied with my performance today but still thankful for finishing in second place overall. Given the short length of the track, I had to hit my brakes more frequently, which gave problems to my brakes during the later stage of the race. Trakarn managed to overtake me in the second half of Moto 2 as the overwhelming heat caused my brake lever to come all the way to my handlebar. This is the first time such a problem has happened to me but I will definitely study on how to overcome this”.
Finishing fourth in Moto 1 and third in Moto 2 was Thailand’s Kawasaki rider Apidej. The young rider impressed the crowd today as he put up a tough fight against Japanese riders Kiyoshi Saai and Sodo Hamahara for the third spot on the podium. Apidej was roped in as a wild card for the Thailand round and will not be continuing to participate in the subsequent rounds for the Asian championship title. “I’m very happy with what I achieved today and I would like to thank all the supporters who came down to watch the race, and also the organizers for giving me the opportunity to participate in this round”.
Details for Round 4 of the Championship will be announced soon. For live updates of the championship, log on to www.facebook.com/supermotoasia.
Round 3 – 2015 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship Top 5 Results
- Trakarn Thangthong (Thailand) – 50 points
- Mohammad Khairi Zakaria (Malaysia) – 44 points
- Apidej (Thailand) – 38 points
- Kiyoshi Saai (Japan) – 35 points
- Sodo Hamahara (Japan) – 33 points
Top 5 Overall Results – Round 1, 2 & 3
- Trakarn Thangthong (Thailand) – 144 points
- Kiyoshi Saai (Japan) – 127 points
- Mohammad Khairi Zakaria (Malaysia) – 111 points
- Mohd Habbibullah Mohd Salleh (Malaysia) – 106 points
- Ben Prasit Hallgren (Thailand) – 93 points
- British rider Lewis Cornish loses his winning streak after a mishap in Moto 2.
- Kiyohi Saai takes the gold while Thailand’s Trakarn Thangthong takes the silver.
- Malaysia’s local hero Mohd Habbibullah Mohd Salleh aka Gabit brings pride to hometown fans after a hard fight in Moto 2.
Kuala Lumpur, 7 June 2015 – The second round of the 2015 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship has concluded today at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park (MAEPS), Serdang, just a day after its opening round in the same venue. The weekend saw over 47,000 race fans showing up at Malaysia’s biggest agro park to watch the best riders from all around the region battle it out. Japanese Rider Kiyoshi Saai took the Gold with 45 points while Thailand’s Trakarn Thangthong came in second with 44 points. Lewis Cornish continued his winning ways in Moto 1 but lost his streak in Moto 2 due to a mishap, giving him the third spot on the podium with 41 points.
Kiyoshi Saai finished third in Moto 1 but took full advantage of Cornish’s accident in Moto 2 to finish first. “I’m really happy with my performance today and couldn’t be more excited. I really enjoyed today’s race. It was a very difficult and slippery track but I still had fun. I’m looking forward to the next round in Thailand and will be definitely looking for another win!”
Trakarn Thangthong remained consistent throughout the day, finishing second in both Moto 1 and Moto 2. “The reverse grid start in Moto 2 made things more difficult and Kiyoshi also had a bit more luck than I had today, but nevertheless I’m still very happy with winning second place. I’m having very high hopes for the next round as I’ll be racing in my home country and many of my fans will be coming to see me.”
Lewis Cornish remained dominant from yesterday’s round, scoring the pole position during the qualifying round and finishing first in Moto 1 with a strong lead from start to finish. The British rider suffered a fall in the first lap of Moto 2 and was set further back after another mishap midway through the race, causing him to finish fifth, thus placing him third on the podium. “Things went a lot better yesterday. I won all my races yesterday but not today. In the first lap of the second race, I went into the first corner really hard and the rider in front of me must have braked a little earlier so I hit his back. It’s a normal racing problem and these things happen, so it’s no one’s fault really. Halfway through the race I had another tangle in the off-road section and ended up dropping further down into fifth place. But overall I’m still happy with the results, I can’t complain too much.”
Malaysia’s local hero Mohd Habbibullah Mohd Salleh aka Gabit had the weather on his side today and was seemingly performing better. The Malaysian rider finished fourth in Moto 1 and finished third in Moto 2 after putting up a strong fight, thus finishing fourth overall with a total of 38 points. He was also crowned victor in the Open Category of the Malaysian Supermoto Championship today. “I was very determined to fight hard in Moto 2 to catch up on points. Hopefully I’ll be able to perform better in the next round at Bangkok. We had some setbacks yesterday as it rained and we weren’t prepared with wet tyres, so hopefully our team will be better prepared in the future rounds.”
Round 3 of the championship will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on July 26th 2015.
Round 2 – 2015 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship Top 5 Results
- Kiyoshi Saai (Japan) – 45 points
- Trakarn Thangthong (Thailand) – 44 points
- Lewis Cornish (United Kingdom) – 41 points
- Mohd Habbibullah Mohd Salleh (Malaysia) – 38 points
- Mohammad Khairi Zakaria (Malaysia) – 34 points
- 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 Kiyo 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
- Lewis Cornish (United Kingdom) – 50 points
- Trakarn Thangthong (Thailand) – 42 points
- Kiyoshi Saai (Japan) – 40 points
• FIM Asia selects Malaysia as host country for the opening and finale rounds of 2015 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship.
• Presented by Malaysia Major Events and promoted by Asia Supersports Group Sdn Bhd, the 6 round series will feature up to 18 top Asian Supermoto riders from Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia.
• Supermoto champs Hairi Zakaria and Mohd Habibullah @ Gabit to represent Malaysia in a spectacle of fierce competitors to secure lead in championship points.
Sochi, Russia 22 April 2015 – Asia Supersports Group Sdn Bhd (ASG) and FIM Asia, with the support of Malaysia Major Events are pleased to announce that Malaysia will be the first country to host the 2015 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship. The 6 round series is scheduled to kick off at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang, Selangor (MAEPS) on the 6th and 7th June 2015.
Supermoto racing combines exciting elements of motocross, dirt track and road racing into one dynamic discipline. It features jumps, high-speed straights with both dirt and asphalt surfaces. Tracks and venues can vary considerably, allowing races to be held at racing circuits, sports stadiums, on open car parks and on closed-course city streets. This unique sport offers pure excitement and adrenaline-filled fun for the spectators, who can be as close to the race as a few metres.
“Supermoto is a great sport to watch and to compete in” said ASG Executive Chairman, Hon Dato’ Eric Loo. “This genre of racing has high potential of success in Asia owing to its simplicity and flexibility. A rider, who wishes to compete, will find Supermoto a more affordable and safer sport compared to other motorcycle racing, while offering the same level of challenge and excitement. With this in mind, Supermoto is a perfect platform for cultivating grassroots racing communities and upcoming professional riders from the Asian region.”
This year, the championship will feature up to 18 top Asian Supermoto riders mainly from Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia. The 2 day weekend race will consist of practice, qualifying and finals for the novice and expert category. Points collected on both days will be tabulated as championship points. At the completion of 6 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.
FIM Asia President Mr Wan Zaharuddin Wan Ahmad said, “This championship will be the benchmark for the Supermoto sport in Asia. In line with global FIM standards, riders from around the globe will be eligible to compete for the FIM Asia Championship title. With the scope of the championship license covering over 28 Asian countries currently supervised by FIM Asia , the potential to grow this sport in Asia is immense. ”
Malaysia will be represented by two top riders, Hairi Zakaria (2012/13 FIM Asia Supermoto Champion) and Mohd Habibullah Mohd Saleh (2011/12 Malaysian Supermoto Series S1 Champion). Other top Asian riders scheduled to compete are Taiwan’s Lin Chin Pei (2013 Taiwan Supermoto Champion), Japan’s Susumu Mitoma (Japan Moto1 All Star), Thailand’s Trakarn Thangthong (2011 FIM Asia Supermoto Champion) and many others.
After the opening round in Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore will also host a round each before the series returns to Malaysia for the finale.“To be selected as the country to open and close the 2015 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship is an honour for Malaysia”, said Malaysia Major Events General Manager Mr Tony Nagamaiah.
Speaking at the press launch in SportAccord Convention Sochi, Russia, he added, “Interest in leisure motorcycling and 2-wheel motorsport in Malaysia and Asia has grown exponentially over the last few years. Adding this event to our calendar will further strengthen Malaysia’s role as an Asian hub for international 2-wheel races and their spectators. In addition to MotoGP and World SuperBike (WSBK), we are proud to have the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship join our calendar of major motorsport events. ”
Asia Supersports Group Sdn Bhd being the exclusive promoter and license-holder will also feature international and local support events at each of the venues. MotoJamm, an international motorcycle freestyle entertainment show featuring US Professional Stunt Rider Aaron Twite, Spanish Motorcycle Trial Stunter Albert Dos Temps, local Trial Riders from the Pangkolo Riders team, and Bicycle Trial Riders from France Lolo and Franck Vabre will complement the overall event. Happening alongside MotoJamm will be Art of Speed (AOS), Malaysia’s own homegrown OlSkool & Kustom Kulture event. Started in 2012, Art of Speed aims to grow and make Malaysia as the hub of convergence to all custom lovers. This year, the organizers kick things up a notch with the AOS Triumph Invitational Bike Build-Off, pitting four of Malaysia’s best builders against each other to produce the best customized Triumph motorcycle. MotoJamm will also be featuring motorcycle related exhibitions, live concerts, and a mini moto showcase.
Also running concurrently with the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship will be the Malaysian SuperMoto Championship (MSMC), a race organized exclusively for Malaysian riders to help grow and showcase local talent.
Dato’ Eric Loo went on to say, “It is important that with an international racing event, additional activities be held together. This is to create a festive vibe that will entertain spectators from all walks of life, be it motorcycle enthusiasts, families or general public.”
Many other Asian countries have expressed their interest to host this championship. Owing to its simplicity and excitement of Supermoto with its side events, these countries view it as a good platform not only for its huge spectatorship but also for the building of local talents in their respective countries. For 2016 and beyond, more countries like Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, China and India would potentially be added into the calendar.
The official signing ceremony between ASG and FIM Asia took place on April 15th at the FIM Asia Office. Present at the event was FIM Asia President Encik Wan Zaharuddin Wan Ahmad, Executive Chairman of ASG Dato’ Eric Loo, CEO of ASG Mr. Satheswaran Mayachandran, and E-Plus Entertaintment Productions Sdn Bhd Representative Encik Malik Baharin.
The calendar for 2015 will be as follows:
Malaysia 6th and 7th June 2015
Thailand 26th July 2015
Singapore 13 September 2015
Malaysia 7th and 8th November 2015