THAILAND OPENS 2017 FIM ASIA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP

GLOBAL SUPERMOTO FANS TREATED WITH FULL CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON STREAMED ON TWENTY3.TV

BANGKOK, THAILAND, 17 AUGUST 2017 – The completion of the FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship in 2016 left a vivid mark in the memory of SuperMoto fans across the world, with Malaysia’s Muhd Habibullah (Gabit) stealing the overall season champion title. This year, the season resumes in searching for the region’s best rider with its 2017 season opener happening on 2 and 3 September at the Thailand Circuit Motorsport Complex, Nakhon Chai Si, Thailand.

 

“2016 was an astounding year for the championship with tremendous growth in interest and fans across the world. The 2017 FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship will be more competitive with the return of top international riders and manufacturers competing for the ultimate title. I am confident that fans will be treated with more action packed SuperMoto races with the increasing competition between riders,” said Satheswaran Mayachandran, CEO of Asia Supersports Group.

 

Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager of Malaysia Major Events, expressed his excitement for the season’s return. “FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship had been a catalyst for the growth of Malaysia’s reputation as a hub for international motorsport scene. Asia Supersports Group has created a bridge to bond agencies and government bodies between every host countries through the championship. I am looking forward to the development of the 2017 season, and I am confident that the championship will lead to greater tourism growth for Malaysia.”

 

Thongchai Wongsawan, President of the Federation of Motorsports Clubs of Thailand (FMSCT), said that the race would attract thousands of SuperMoto fans across Thailand to witness the first race of the season. “Thailand Circuit Motorsport Complex has hosted various major local and international races. Over the years, this circuit has gained worldwide recognition by motorsport fans and enthusiasts to enjoy quality motorsport races. Also, hosting the 2017 FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship in Thailand will treat the expanding local SuperMoto community with one of the best races this region has the offer. We look forward to the race and wishes every rider all the best in the championship.”

 

The final battle between top international riders competing for the season’s title will take place on 16 and 17 December 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The rider with the highest standing point will be crowned as the 2017 FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship overall champion.

 

ASIA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP STREAMS ON TWENTY3.TV

Official OTT Channel Partner, twenty3.tv, provides HD Live Streaming and Video-on-Demand (VOD) sports and related lifestyle content. Every round of this year’s FIM Asia Supermoto Championship will be streamed live via twenty3.tv which will also have VOD and highlight shows for races.

 

Powered by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd (E-Plus), twenty3.tv will kick-off its streaming programme with the 2017 FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship curtain raiser at Thailand. “We received demands to produce and stream exciting live events such as the Asia SuperMoto Championship by our fans across the world. Twenty3.tv is an innovative digital streaming platform and will be the forefront of digital content catered to every market,” said Andrew Ching, Chief Executive Officer of E-Plus.

 

He added that corporations in collaboration with the streamed events could leverage on the channel for exposure. “International events in our live stream pipelines include the world renowned duathlon championship, Powerman series for Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as the annual Melaka Art and Performance Festival. Fans and corporations can look forward to a diversified content in twenty3.tv.”

 

FORMER CHAMPIONS BATTLE ON TRACK

19 top international SuperMoto riders from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom, will muster for the SuperMoto season, competing for the ultimate pride for their country. Thailand’s ace and 2015 season champion, Trakarn Thangthong, rejoin the race and vows to steal the fame from Malaysia’s crown holder, Gabit.

 

“I had to sit out last season due to unforeseen circumstances. This year, I will return to the track and put on a greater competition for all the riders on track. During my hiatus, I have continuously trained and polished my skills in preparation for this season. I have high confidence in securing the overall championship title,” said Trakarn.

 

With all eyes on 2016 champion Gabit, he stated that pressure and tension rose before the beginning of the championship especially with the return of Trakarn. “My training began immediately after the end of the last season. This includes physical, mental and skills training to ensure an optimal condition for the race. I am looking forward to raising the championship trophy for my country again.”

 

Riders list:

Country Name
Australia Michael Kirkness
China Sun Tong
Hong Kong Tsang Wai Kei
Indonesia Pedro Wuner
Indonesia Farhan Hendro
Japan Takashi Sasaki
Japan Naoto Takayama
Malaysia Muhd Habibullah
Malaysia Khairy Zakaria
Netherlands Marcel Van Drunen
Philippines Kenneth San Andres
Russia Artem Teslenko
Singapore Hasroy Osman
South Korea Jason Park
Sri Lanka Sangeeth Suriyage
Taiwan Lin Chin Pei
Taiwan Lee Wei
Thailand Trakarn Thangthong
United Kingdom Lewis Cornish

 

For more information, visit http://supermotoasia.com.

 

FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship is promoted by Asia Supersports Group, a consortium of three companies namely Bikenation Motorsports Sdn Bhd, Trade My Superbike and E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd; sanctioned by FIM Asia and FMSCT; and supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia), Kelab Blogger Ben Ashaari and TX Sports.

 

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ABOUT FIM ASIA

Founded in 1904, the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme is an international organisation, which was created to control and develop the sporting and touring aspects of motorcycling and to assist motorcycle users in those fields. The FIM as defined in the statutes is the supreme and sole international authority empowered to control international motorcycling activities organised under its jurisdiction throughout the world and as such acts as the supreme court for the settlement of disputes which may arise from the organisation of such activities. The official titles of World Championships, Continental Championships and FIM Prize events in all disciplines of the motorcycle sport belong to the FIM. FIM Asia is comprised of 28 National Motorcycle Federations in Asia where they organize a large number of events and Championships in over 30 Asian countries.

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ABOUT MALAYSIA MAJOR EVENTS 

Malaysia Major Events (MME) is a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia (MoTAC). MME was established under the Government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) to identify, promote, facilitate as well as support viable international events to be staged in Malaysia. With its main objective to enhance Malaysia’s economic growth and profile, MME is also tasked to identify and support major event bids for sports, arts, lifestyles and entertainment events and provide assistance to home-grown and home-hosted events in order to further strengthen Malaysia’s global appeal as the venue of choice for major events in the region. MME also acts as a conduit between the public and private sectors in ensuring seamless processes are achieved through synergistic relationships with diverse event stakeholders in staging successful events in Malaysia.

 

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ABOUT ASIA SUPERSPORTS GROUP SDN BHD

Asia Supersports Group Sdn Bhd (ASG) is a group established with decades of motorsport and event experience in the industry. Pioneering in the sports of SuperMoto, ASG has catapulted to international fame with its organisation of the annual FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship. The group’s passion for motorsport also led to the establishment of the Malaysian SuperMoto Championship which has successfully elevated the hybrid sport’s status in Malaysia. By championing quality race production for fans and enthusiasts, the group is now a step closer to achieving its goal as a top global motorsport promoter.

www.supermotoasia.com

 

ABOUT E-PLUS GLOBAL SDN BHD

E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of E-Plus Limited (NSX:8EP), is one of Asia’s largest and front-running event management agency. Incorporated in 2004, the award-winning integrated events and marketing agency provides innovative and creative ideas in both planning and execution for local and international clients. Over the years, the company has continually set industry standards for its unique ideas and practices. The company’s credential led to its operations expansion to five other countries and is currently fully operational in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

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