CUB PRIX RIDER SEARCH BEGINS ANEW

The annual PETRONAS Malaysian Cub Prix Rider Search programme begins anew with the search for new riders to take part in one of the three mono-brand race categories in the 2021 season.

This opportunity is limited to Malaysians aged 13 to 18 years old who are looking for an entry-level opportunity into the sport of motorcycle racing.

“This free registration is but the first step. Essentially, we are asking all interested parties to register their interest in the programme. From there, the short-listed riders will be asked to attend a selection process which will be conducted individually by Honda and Yamaha respectively,” explained Ron Hogg, Director of Safe Aim Mutual Sdn Bhd, the race promoters of the PETRONAS Malaysian Cub Prix.

For more information and online registration, please visit  https://www.malaysiancubprix.com/rider-search-2021/. The registration process will close on February 15, 2021.

MSBK ROUND 2 POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


The second and final round of the Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSBK), originally scheduled for January 20 to 22 at the Sepang International Circuit, will be postponed until further notice.

“With the recent announcement made by the Prime Minister, Yang Amat Berhormat (YAB) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Bin Mohd Yassin yesterday, as the venue provider, we have no choice but to postpone the MSBK Round 2 to a later date. The safety and wellbeing of those involved with MSBK are our top priority. We hope that everyone adhere to the given SOPs to curb the spread of this pandemic.”

Azlan Shafriman Hanif, CEO, Sepang International Circuit

“With the Movement Control Order again in place from January 13 to 26, 2021, we have had no choice but to postpone the second and final round. At this juncture, we are not yet able to provide an alternative plan and we thank the teams and riders for their patience and understanding. Meanwhile, let’s all work together to bring the pandemic under control again. 

Ron Hogg, Director, Two Wheels Motor Racing Sdn Bhd

MOHD HELMI AZMAN, MOHD SYAFIQ ROSLI, RAHIMI NABIL RAZU CONFIRMED AS 2020 CUB PRIX CHAMPS

The title chase for the 2020 PETORNAS Malaysian Cub Prix Championship finally came to a close with Mohd Helmi Azman (Hi Rev SCK Honda Racing), Mohd Syafiq Rosli (PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor) and Rahimi Nabil Razu (PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor) confirmed as CP150, CP125 and Wira KBS champions respectively.

The final showdown in the CP150 premiere class began with the two title contenders, Mohd Helmi Azman and Azroy Hakeem Anuar at the front of the grid. However, neither riders benefitted from the coveted starting position when they were immediately swamped up the rest of the 24-rider grid as soon as the CP150 final race was flagged off.

Both Honda riders were obviously on different strategies. Azroy focused on staying consistent at the top end of the pack while Helmi hunkered down in mid-pack. Helmi bided his time until Lap 7 before he went from ninth to first within a single lap.

The tussle between Helmi and Azroy in the final three laps were further complicated by the sheer size of the front group. As the chequered flag came down at the end of 11 laps, it was Mohd Khairul Ikhwan Ajis who lived up to his dark-horse status to score a surprise win with 14’41.976s. 0.001 seconds behind Khairul, Mohd Akid Aziz swept home in second place.

Azroy followed in third, notching up his sixth podium of the season. However, even that was not enough for the Idemitsu Yuzy Honda Racing team rider to realize his dream of becoming the 2020 CP150 champion.

A fifth place finish was good enough to place the CP150 trophy into Mohd Helmi Azman’s hands. This would be Helmi’s first domestic title. The 21-year-old was the 2018 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship Underbone 150cc champion. Apart from gifting Honda with their first CP150 title since the class was introduced in 2017, Helmi has effectively ended team Hi Rev SCK Honda Racing’s title drought since 2012.

“I am so grateful to my team, our crew, my family and of course our sponsors, for making all this possible. I was actually pretty disappointed by the results from this final round. I wanted to seal the title with a podium finish but things got really hectic in the last lap,” said Helmi who won the championship with 143 points. At the same time, team Hi Rev SCK Honda Racing also liftedn the CP150 Team Award title with 192 points after eight rounds.

A bitterly disappointed Azroy Hakeem Anuar had to settle for seconds while Mohd Muzakkir Mohamed from the ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team ended the year in third.

In the CP125 category, the three-way battle between Mohd Syafiq Rosli (PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha-Maju Motor), Mohd Shafiq Rasol (ONEXOX TKKR Racing Team) and Mohd Adib Rosley (IPONE Yamaha YY Pang Racing) ended in Syafiq Rosli’s favour. The Maju Motor rider finished the race in fifth, just enough to put him at the top of the championship ladder. Shafiq Rasol crumbled under pressure and crashed out of Lap 3 while Adib Rosley finished a distant seventh.

The final CP125 race of the season was won by IPONE Yamaha YY Pang Racing Team duo Mohd Khairi Asyraf Mahmood and Mohd Fareez Afeez Abd Rahman.

Finally, Rahimi Nabil Razu suceeded in his mission to take home a second consecutive Wira KBS title for team PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha-31 Racing. The PETRONAS Sprinta Pro-Am Cup title was won by Mohd Asyraf Daniel Mohd Zamri.

MSBK FINALE SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 20 TO 22, 2021

The second and final round of the Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSBK) will take place at the Sepang International Circuit this coming January 20 to 22, 2021

“Great news for all of us in the motorsports industry. The riders are looking forward to compete in MSBK Round 2 that was originally scheduled in October but due to the enforcement of Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), it had to be postponed. We are blessed to see off the final round as this will be the closing event for motorsports in 2020. Hopefully 2021 will be a better year for our local motorsports scene.”

Azlan Shafriman Hanif, CEO, Sepang International Circuit

“Earlier this year, the unavoidable lockdowns forced us to cut the 2020 MSBK season from the original four rounds to two. When the second rounds of MCO came into effect, Round 2 had to be shelved. We are just glad for the chance to re-assemble the grid for the second and final round to take place, honouring our commitments to the teams and riders of the Malaysia Superbike Championships.”

Ron Hogg, Director, Two Wheels Motor Racing Sdn Bhd

CP150 TIE BREAKS IN HELMI’S FAVOUR

The highly anticipated tie-breaker in the CP150 class ended in Mohd Helmi Azman’s favour when the Honda rider clinched his fourth win of the season at the penultimate round of the 2020 PETRONAS Malaysian Cub Prix Championship.

The Hi Rev SCK Honda Racing rider was at his best in the uncertain weather conditions surrounding the penultimate round. Dry track conditions at the start of the race soon gave way to a brief downpour on Lap 8. The usual lead-swapping among the top 15 riders in the front group was disrupted when Ahmad Afif Amran (PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha-CKJ Racing) skidded out of the final lap.

Afif’s crash was the opportunity Helmi needed to sprint to the finish line with Mohd Affendi Rosli (PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha-CKJ Racing) glued to his rear tyre. However, Affendi’s move to make use of the slipstream failed as Helmi retained the upper hand to cross the finish line with a time of 16’00.716s, 0.017s ahead of his Yamah rival.

Affendi had to settle for second with 16’00.733s, his first podium of the season. Mohd Izzat Zaidi Mohd Salehan from the IPONE Yamaha YY Pang Racing Team crossed the finish line in third with 16’03.808s.

“Things always gets tricky at the Sepang track when there is a downpour in the middle of the race. Certain parts of the track can become slippery very quickly. I had to bank on my in-depth knowledge of this track and its changeable characteristics to stay ahead of the competition.

Mohd Helmi Azman, Rider of Hi Rev SCK Honda Racing

Helmi now holds a 12-point advantage at the top of the CP150 pecking order. His closest rival, fellow Honda rider, Azroy Hakeem Anuar, finished off the podium for the first time this season, crossing the finish line in fourth place.

With 132 points in the bag, Helmi will still need another podium finish at the season finale to etch his name onto the CP150 trophy. However, the Hi Rev SCK Honda Racing rider is adamant that the title chase is the furthest thing from his mind.

“I’m not about to spend my time in the final race doing mental arithmetics. I have every confidence in our Hi Rev SCK Honda Racing bike and I just want to finish the last race of the season in the best possible position,” he concluded.

Mohd Helmi Azman, Rider of Hi Rev SCK Honda Racing

As the drama in the CP150 class seems to be heading to a resolution, things changed quickly in the CP125 sophomore class. PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor’s Mohd Syafiq Rosli watched his 19-point lead evaporate when he crashed out within the opening laps of the CP125 Finals.

The race was won by Mohd Adib Rosley (IPONE Yamaha YY Pang Racing Team) with a time of 9’02.205s, followed by Mohd Shafiq Rasol (ONEXOX TKKR Racing Team) in second place with 9’02.276s and Mohd Aiman Azman from Hi Rev SCK Honda Racing with 9’02.332s.

Syafiq Rosli’s DNF results, followed by podium finishes from Adib and Shafiq Rasol will pave the way for an intense 3-way battle for the first CP125 trophy at the season finale. Mohd Shafiq Rasol is now in the lead with 107 points. Mohd Syafiq Rosli dropped to second overall with 106 points while Mohd Adib Rosley will join the title hunt in third overall with 104 points.

HELMI REIGNS SUPREME AT SEPANG

Team Hi-Rev SCK Honda Racing’s Mohd Helmi Azman looked to be peerless at the Sepang Circuit as he picked up his third win of the season at Round 5 of the 2020 PETRONAS Malaysian Cub Prix Championship held at the 2.7km Sepang North Track.

Adverse weather earlier in the morning forced the cancellation of the CP150 Super Pole. Instead, it was replaced by a ShootOut qualifier where the top-10 riders went out en-masse for a final fight for grid positions. The pole position eventually went to Mohd Akid Aziz (PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha-Maju Motor). Championship leader Azroy Hakeem Anuar snared a front-row start with P2 while Helmi was slated to start the race from second row when he qualified sixth on the grid.

Unfazed, Helmi spent the bulk of the 11-lap race tucked into the leading group while up at the front, Mohd Aiman Tahiruddin, Mohd Haziq Mohd Fairues, Affendi Rosli, Azroy Hakeem Anuar, Akid Aziz and Ahmad Fazli Sham took turns to lead the 24-rider grid.

Helmi eventually made his move on Lap 10, gaining four spots to take the helm as the CP150 riders stormed into the final lap. Helmi displayed a strategic final lap where he smartly held off simultaneous attacks from Ahmad Afif Amran and Azroy Hakeem Anuar to stop the clock at 14’38.112s, only 0.008 seconds ahead of second placed Afif.

“This was the team’s strategy all along. It is impossible for a single rider to break away from the chasing pack on a track as wide and long as the Sepang Circuit. I planned to wait until the final lap before I made my attack. A little risky, but I was confident I could pull it off,” said Helmi.

Championship leader Azroy Hakeem Anuar crossed the finish line half a second behind Helmi in third place. This would be the Idemitsu Honda Yuzy Racing rider’s fifth consecutive podium finish this season. However, Azroy’s lead in the CP150 title chase is now under threat. Still at the top of the ladder with 97 points, Azroy is only six points ahead of Helmi. With all the remaining rounds of the 2020 PETRONAS Malaysian Cub Prix Championship scheduled to be held at the Sepang Circuit where Helmi holds an inexplicable advantage, the championship lead could possibly change hands by Round 6.   

FOUR CONSECUTIVE ROUNDS TO COMPLETE THE PETRONAS CUB PRIX 2020 SEASON

PETRONAS 2020 Malaysian Cub Prix Championship
Official Statement

After receiving the green light to resume NON-CONTACT sports activities, the PETRONAS Malaysia Cub Prix Championship is pleased to announce four consecutive rounds to end the 2020 season.

The latest calendar from the PETRONAS Malaysia Cub Prix Championship is slightly different from the usual, where the last four rounds of the 2020 season will be completed through six consecutive races at the Sepang North Circuit.

The calendar for the second half of the PETRONAS 2020 Malaysia Cub Prix Championship is as follows:

Round 5 & 6 Sepang Utara 18 to 20 December 2020
Round 7 & 8 Sepang Utara 22 to 24 December 2020

“There is no doubt, such a race schedule is very burdensome for the team and the riders. However, all Cub Prix teams have agreed that this is the safest way to end this season

“On behalf of the Cub Prix, we would like to thank the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), the National Security Council (MKN), the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) and all government agencies involved for this special approval. A special thanks goes out to the YB Minister of Youth and Sports who is very concerned about the suffering experienced by motor sports exponents in this situation. Hopefully, the approval given will provide a ray of hope that the sports sector can be reopened as informed by the Senior Minister of Defence and the Minister of Youth and Sports. To be sure, Cub Prix staff members and organizers will abide by all the SOPs set to prevent any unwanted things from happening. ”

Ron Hogg, Director of Safe Aim Mutual Sdn Bhd, Organizer of the PETRONAS Malaysia Cub Prix Championship.

In accordance with the SOP of the current sports organization, the last four rounds of the PETRONAS Malaysia Cub Prix Championship will be held without the presence of spectators. Local motoring sports fans can view the great actions from the last four rounds live on the Facebook page of the PETRONAS Malaysia Cub Prix Championship, TV2, RTM Sports, Astro SuperSports Channel 811 and Astro Arena.

2021 FIM ASIA ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIP

Provisional 2021 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship

The FIM Asia Road Racing Championship is excited to release a provisional calendar for the 2021 season comprising of six rounds.

In a cautious move to give plenty of buffer for any lingering pandemic-related travel restrictions, the 2021 season will start late, beginning only in June.

The Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia is expected to host the first two season openers with Round 1 taking place from June 4 to 6, followed quickly by Round 2 from June 11 to 13, 2021. The circus will then travel to the Zhuhai International Circuit in China for Round 3 from July 30 to August 1 followed by the fourth leg at The Bend Motorsport Park in Australia from September 23 to 26. Two more consecutive rounds at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand will wrap up the season with Round 5 scheduled from November 19 to 21 followed by the season finale from November 26 to 28, 2021.

“2020 has been a challenging year for all sporting events. As the promoters of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship, we are grateful to all the racing teams and our corporate partners for their kind understanding and support,”

“While the calendar is still subject to more changes, we are really looking forward to a great comeback season in 2021.”

Ron Hogg, Director, Two Wheels Motor Racing

“The FIM Asia is very excited to get the action going again. We believe that a 6-round championship in 2021 will be a great way to get the ball rolling. Here at the FIM Asia, we are fully committed to the success of the comeback year and pledge our support to all the stakeholders as they work together to make this happen.”

Stephan Carapiet, President, FIM Asia