Selangor Journal

Young motoring talent need to be prioritised

BY: AFIX REDZUAN
SHAH ALAM, DEC 18: The organisation of the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016 is able to provide opportunities for young talents in motorsports and promote Malaysia as an international motorsport destination.
Youth, Sports, Culture and Entrepreneur Development Exco Amirudin Shari said the state government is ready to cooperate with organisers to make such motorsports carnivals a success by providing better facilities to riders.
“I have informed the organisers to meet with me earlier, around February or March next year. We hope to develop more side programmes.
“This can also be done with local municipalities so that we can plan programmes better and help boost Malaysia’s image,” he said at a press conference after the flag off of the FIM Asia Supermotor Championship 2016 at Shah Alam Stadium.
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According to him, the organisation of Litar Lumba Rakyat in 2009 and 2010 proved that the state government is ready to help the youth develop their talent in motorsports as long as it takes place on race tracks.
This is the second time it has been held in Malaysia and also involves three other countries, namely Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
For the 2017 season, it will be expanded to six rounds including in Taiwan and the United States.
In the same development, Asia Supersports Group Sdn Bhd CEO M Satheswaran said the race received a good response especially in the City Enduro Challenge category.
He sai that as many as 200 motocross riders registered although the promotion was only done for two weeks.
“We want to show the public safe riding and we can see all riders in complete gear. We want to educate the youth to ride safely with proper safety gear. “Do not race on the road, race at a proper circuit. We want to show that motorcycles are not dangerous, they are safe and everyone can be entertained.
Currently, Malaysian rider Muhammad Habibullah Mohd Saleh, who is better known as Gambit, is leading the Asia Class and is in close competition with Australian rider Luke George in the International Open Class.

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