Supermoto - Hodgson Tops Qualifying


When it was announced that the 11-time UK Supermoto Champion, Chris Hodgson, will again race in Malaysia, fans looked forward to a master class display of supermoto riding skills. Then when Hodgson’s compatriot, Lewis Cornish confirmed his participation as well, fans knew sparks were going to fly.

The track hewn from the grounds next to the imposing Stadium Shah Alam covers a large area and consists of two long straights, so much so the course marshals set up multiple chicanes in order to keep top speeds down. That had also in effect made the track more balanced to keep some of the more powerful bikes from walking away from the rest of the field, and in essence, turning proceedings over to rider skill and bike setup.

The weather had stayed blazing hot up to mid-afternoon when the heavens opened up for a brief shower. Fortunately, the hot tarmac dried quickly and the dirt section stayed open.

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FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016 - Interview Scoreboard Leader Gabit


With the grand finale of FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016 creeping up around the corner, we spoke to the Open International Class and Asian Class scoreboard leader, Muhd Habibullah, or better known as #27 Gabit, on his thoughts about the upcoming race.

1. How’s your preparation coming along?

I feel good and ready. I’ve gotten enough practice, my bike is ready, the settings are all dialled in, and it’s in its best condition since Philippine’s race. Now it’s just up to the weather conditions on the actual race day. The weather forecast for this weekend is sees some rain so I have my rain tyres ready, and I’ve also been training for a wet race.

2. Are you doing anything different to prepare for this round compared to the previous rounds?

I’ve gotten a lot more practice this time around on my actual race bike compared to the previous rounds because the motorcycle is usually stored away in the container and I get most of my practice in on a motocross bike. For this round, I’ve gotten my hands on my race bike much earlier and even managed to squeeze in some practice sessions in the rain. We’ve already dialled in the bike’s suspension settings and everything else, so the bike is ready to go. It’s just the sprocket settings that’s left now.

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Yamaha’s bLU cRU Lays the Path for Tomorrow’s Racing Generation


Yamaha’s bLU cRU programme is a platform to support the next generation of young riding talent in both road and off-road racing. The platform creates a safe, professional environment to encourage, nurture and build tomorrow’s racing stars, through the guidance and unparalleled experience of the Yamaha Racing world.

The bLU cRU platform is also represented at the pinnacle of each global racing discipline contested by Yamaha. Yamaha Racing’s top Official riders in MXGP, Enduro, Dakar, WorldSBK, WSS and Endurance have the responsibility of being bLU cRU Ambassadors. These elite racers stand as an example for the young racing generation of tomorrow, upholding key values for racing and manufacturer representation, including performance, education, dedication, respect and health and fitness. Their spirit of success and behaviour in the very visible eyes of both the media and the racing fans sets the standard for the bLU cRU generation of tomorrow.

For young ambitious off-road riders, the YZ125 bLU cRU Cup provides the perfect entry into Yamaha’s racing pyramid. Riders within their National 125 Championships using the Yamaha YZ125 can apply pre-season to be part of the programme. Once accepted, they will be provided with a bLU cRU package with a number of benefits, including Yamaha Racing Paddock Blue clothing, bLU cRU sticker set for their YZ125 machine and more.

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Motorcycle Racing isn't what it used to be


Motorcycle racing never stands still – good job really as that would be most boring!

In a bid to serve up a crowd and TV audience-pleasing spectacle, series owners are constantly trying to find ways to make the action more accessible and more compelling. And, of course, more profitable.

The likes of Dorna (MotoGP and WSB) and MSV (BSB) don’t just organize races for the fun of it. Right now there are some major changes in the motorcycle market that are making race organizers nervous. The most pressing issue seems to be the imminent extinction of the supersport 600 road bike.

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Historical Shah Alam Stadium Hosts FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016 Finale!


Round , Shah Alam Stadium, 17 – 18 December 2016. Gates will drop for the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016 series at the world-renowned Shah Alam Stadium on 17 and 18 December 2016 from 9AM – 6PM (+8:00GMT), with over 20 international riders from 14 countries contending for the last time for overall standing and championship title.

Home to Selangor FA and host to countless global concert tours and football competition including the Chelsea FA and Arsenal FA’s friendly match against Malaysia’s national team, the stadium has the capability to hold a capacity of 80,372 audiences. This remarkable moment for the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship will transform its vicinity into a show stunning track to crown the overall champion of the 2016 series.

Satheswaran Mayachandran, CEO of Asia Supersports Group, said that the stadium has its charm and is the perfect venue to host the finale. “Shah Alam Stadium has a strong history and reputation in hosting various international sports and activities. Crowning the championship’s overall champion will be historical for the race.”

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Max Biaggi Returns to the MotoGP Racing Circus


Max Biaggi will return to the MotoGP paddock, this time as the team manager of the Mahindra Racing Moto3 outfit. The Italian double WSBK champion and four-time 250cc Wold Champion, has also been signed on by Mahindra Racing as brand ambassador ahead of the 2017 season of the championship.

Starting in March 2017, Max Biaggi will be the team principal of a Mahindra-factory-backed team in the Italian CIV championship, as well as in some races of the Spanish FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 junior World Championship.

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2017 MotoGP Season Could Be Exciting


I had a quiet chuckle to myself last week as Jorge Lorenzo wobbled out on his new Ducati during the MotoGP test at Valencia and was about 12 seconds off the pace.

However, the wily Spanish superstar had the last laugh as he got to grips with the power-packed Ducati GP16 and ended up well inside the top 10 fastest times and only a little over a second off the fastest.

Maverick Vinales was also moving to new team and he too, impressed. Actually he did a while lot more than impress. He scared the pants off the MotoGP paddock and his Yamaha team-mate, Valentino Rossi, in particular.

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2016 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship - Round 3 Race Report


Watched on by 30,000 spectators, Andy McLiesh capitalised on his pole position to win Moto 1 and 2 in Round 3 of the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship.

The Australian had been riding steadily throughout the weekend, trailing Gabit in terms of lap times in the practice sessions before turning it up a notch to cement his grip on the pole position after Final Qualifying and Super Chrono sessions.

The Bayanihan Park Track had been laid out over a public recreational park and part of a taxi depot. The surfaces of the “tarmac” section were therefore rough concrete (the taxi stop part) and fine concrete on two basketball courts, punctuated by strips of grassy dividers. The “dirt” section on the other hand, was uncut grass. This made the entire track much more slippery than what the riders had faced previously. Besides that, although the track covered a large area, it became narrow with many sharp corners thrown in (no straights).

Thus, in the face of a narrow, twisty, and slippery track, that Number One starting slot became the most coveted piece of real estate. The final starting positions were only determined after the dust had settled in the Super Chrono session (a shootout between the fastest six riders from the first qualifying). So fierce was the competition that the top five qualifiers: McLiesh, Dibben, Gaban, Gabit and Matsumoto were separated by less than a second.

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Yamaha MotoGP Seal 2016 MotoGP Team Title in Season Showdown


Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi gave a brilliant performance at the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, to bring Yamaha's Factory Team the 2016 FIM MotoGP Team Title.

The Team arrived at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo with one goal in mind: secure the Team's Title for the second year in succession.

After the triple-header overseas, Rossi and Lorenzo arrived back on European soil feeling confident that they could put up a strong fight. Highlights of the first 17 rounds of the 2016 season saw the blue team secure five Grand Prix victories (three by Lorenzo and two by Rossi), a total of 19 podiums (ten by Rossi and nine by Lorenzo, including five double podiums), and two consecutive perfect 45-point scores (first and second place) at the Gran Premio de España (Circuito de Jerez, Spain) and the Grand Prix de France (Le Mans, France).

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Yamaha MotoGP Fly to Spain for 2016 Season Finale


The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team returns to Spain this week for the 2016 MotoGP World Championship finale, the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, with the third place in the Rider's Championship and the Team's and Constructor's Titles still up for grabs.

Valentino Rossi enters Spain intent on fighting for a podium spot. Having secured second place in the championship at the previous round at the Sepang International Circuit a fortnight ago, he focusses on the fight for the Manufacturer's and Team's Title to close the season in the best way possible. The nine-time World Champion previously has taken two premier class wins at Valencia, in 2003 and 2004, and he has claimed multiple podiums with second places in 2002, 2009 and 2014 and third places in 2005, 2008 and 2010.

Lorenzo arrives in his home country determined to keep the pressure on to take third place in the championship rankings at his final race for Yamaha. The Mallorcan joined the team in 2008 and has shown his strength at the Ricardo Tormo circuit on more than one occasion. Highlights of his successes with the YZR-M1 at the Valencian circuit are premier class victories in 2010, 2013 and 2015 (securing the 2015 World Championship title) and a podium with a third position in 2009.

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