The FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship will move to Indonesia, a country with the most SuperMoto riders in Asia, after the opening round in Thailand early September. The 2nd round of the SuperMoto championship will be held at Stadium Manahan in Kota Surakarta, Central Java on 14 and 15 October, 2017, where tens of thousands of fans are expected.
The FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship is the region’s largest SuperMoto event; 19 top international riders from 15 countries took part in the season opener. Indonesia joined as a race venue last year after receiving massive support from its government and motorcycle community.
Satheswaran Mayachandran, Chief Executive Officer of Asia Supersports Group, promoter of the race, states that Indonesia is a must-go-to country when it comes to two-wheels. “We are pleased that Indonesia will once again host the FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship after a successful round last year. Our return this year will bring more excitement and anticipation as the race continue to proliferate on a land that embraces SuperMoto as a regular sport. We sincerely hope that fans will join us over the race weekend to witness and the crowning of the second round champion,” said Sathes.
Sathes also expressed his gratitude to Mr. Francis Xavier Hadi Rudyatmo, the Mayor of Kota Malang; Bold Xperience, co-sponsor of the Indonesia round; the Indonesian Motor Association (IMI); and KRACKER Motor Indonesia, for their commitment and support. “We want to uplift the SuperMoto ecosystem in Indonesia, and this would not be possible without their assistance along the way.”
Team KTM Racing Malaysia’s Muhd Habibullah, 2016’s overall champion, had an unfortunate race in the 2017 season opener in Thailand with wrong tire choices and dysfunctional brakes. “The team and I had a serious discussion and realignment of the issues faced during the Thailand round. I will return stronger to improve my standing for the subsequent rounds, and once again top the chart,” said Habibullah.
Meanwhile table leader Team Kenny Motorworks Tekmo Racing’s Lewis Cornish of United Kingdom expressed his excitement for the Indonesia round. “Upon winning the opening round, this developed my confidence on track to continue my winning streak. The team and I have taken measures to minimize mistakes and ensure that my bike is always in an optimal condition.”
FIM Asia SuperMoto Official OTT Channel Partner, twenty3.tv powered by E-Plus Global will once again provide HD Live Streaming and Video-on-Demand (VOD) sports and related lifestyle content for the 2nd round of the championship.
Andrew Ching, Chief Executive of E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd, said that the Thailand round received over 300 thousand viewership across the two-day race. “Twenty3.tv is gaining momentum in the motorsport industry as one of the leading streaming channels for fans and enthusiasts. We hope that through this platform, the championship will flourish and be a household name in the near future.”
He added that corporations in collaboration with the streamed events could leverage on the channel’s 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.”