Simon Vilhelmsen Takes Pole Position in Moto 1

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, 16 DECEMBER 2017 – The 2017 FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship – Malaysia completed its Qualifying and SuperChrono round with Denmark’s Simon Vilhelmsen taking pole position for Moto 1 tomorrow, followed by chart leader, United Kingdom’s Lewis Cornish and Malaysia’s Khairi Zakaria.

SuperChrono, a race between the top 6 qualifiers from the Qualifying round, witnessed a battle between top international riders that braved through the 800-metre tight track that consists of a double off-road section. With the circuit cleared from other riders, Simon, Lewis, Khairi, Trakarn, Habibullah and Naoto sped through the track without any obstacle.

Simon Vilhelmsen, fourth-ranking at the S1GP World Championship, attained the fastest lap time of 47.469 said that he was pleased with his performance today compared to the previous round in Singapore where he faced a persistent brake malfunction during the race.

“The weather here is different compared to the races in Europe. Having Lewis trailing closely behind was intense, but that motivated me to perform better. The Asian riders were also very professional,and the level of this championship is definitely on par with any international SuperMoto races.”

On the other hand, Lewis expressed his grief and disappointment to start the Moto 1 on second grid. He was merely 0.0021 seconds behind the Danish and acknowledged that his experience at the world championship has helped him to catapult his position at the final round.

“My ultimate focus will be on the overall championship title tomorrow. However, I will put on a good fight with Simon and hope to steal the pole position, which will be a strong factor in determining my chances of winning.”

Malaysia’s Khairi Zakaria had a slow start during the SuperChrono session but managed to increase his pace to secure the third grid position. The 2012 and 2013 champion also admitted that he had some difficulty riding due to swollen thighs caused by a crash during the Free Practice session yesterday.

“I am pleased with the result today, especially in this condition. Hopefully, the sky will be shady tomorrow as the weather was scorching this afternoon. I think this condition has affected many of us [riders], but I think that things will improve after four sessions [of races] today.”

“I know that all eyes are on me to steal the Asian Class title from Trakarn, and I will do my best just to relive my championship title once again.”

Simon Vilhelmsen will take pole position at Moto 1, followed by Lewis Cornish, Khairi Zakaria, Trakarn Thangthong, Muhd Habibullah and Naoto Takayama.

The 2017 FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship – Malaysia at Bukit Jalil will be streamed live on twenty3.tv from 10:00AM to 6:00PM.

For more information, visit www.supermotoasia.com.

FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship is organised by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd; promoted by Asia Supersports Group; sanctioned by FIM Asia and Automobile Association Malaysia; and supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia), Malay Mail, Kelab Blogger Ben Ashaari, and TX Sports.

 

Qualifying Result:

Pos No. National Name Laps Best Time Total Time
1 8 GBR LEWIS CORNISH 10 47.606 15:41.473
2 64 DEN SIMON VILHELMSEN 6 47.708 8:42.240
3 5 THA TRAKARN THANGTHONG 20 48.227 19:37.990
4 32 MAS KHAIRI ZAKARIA 17 48.543 19:11.380
5 1 MAS MUHD HABIBULLAH 16 48.687 17:59.190
6 300 JPN NAOTO TAKAYAMA 12 48.819 11:18.808
7 101 JPN TAKASHI SASAKI 8 49.092 7:56.704
8 2 JPN MAKOTO ARAI 15 49.186 15:51.831
9 97 RUS ARTEM TESLENKO 27 50.438 25:09.394
10 77 SGP HASROY OSMAN 16 50.658 21:24.646
11 7 INA PEDRO WUNER 12 52.484 15:37.608
12 40 TWN LEE WEI 9 53.165 10:41.605
13 720 TWN LIN CHIN PEI 9 53.599 8:58.898
14 27 CHN SUN TONG 8 54.568 12:48.198
15 102 HKG TSANG WAI KEI 19 54.744 23:38.677

 

SuperChrono Result:

Pos No. National Name Best Lap Time
1 64 DEN SIMON VILHELMSEN 47.469
2 8 GBR LEWIS CORNISH 47.490
3 32 MAS KHAIRI ZAKARIA 48.014
4 5 THA TRAKARN THANGTHONG 48.367
5 1 MAS MUHD HABIBULLAH 48.604
6 300 JPN NAOTO TAKAYAMA 48.680
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