Convocation 2016 FIM Asia General Assembly

To :
FIM Asia Vice Presidents
FIM Asia Management Council Members
FIM Asia FMNs

Dear Sir / Madam

We take great pleasure to inform herewith that the 2016 FIM Asia General Assembly will take place on 23rd to 25th February 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Our tentative programme will be as follows:-

22nd February 2017 (Wednesday) – Arrival of Board members and commissions chairmen only
23rd February 2017 (Thursday) – 0900 – 1130 hrs – Board Meeting
– 1430 – 1700 hrs – Commission meeting
– Arrival of delegates for General Assembly
24th February 2017 (Friday) – 0900 – 0945 hrs – Registration
– 1000 – 1330 hrs – General Assembly
– 1930 hrs – GALA Dinner
25th February 2017 (Saturday) – Check out and delegates departure

Details of venue in Kuala Lumpur and other information pertaining to AGA will be forwarded once we have finalized the arrangement.

Should you have any proposal to be included in the General Assembly agenda, please return the attached form, duly completed and signed, to the FIM Asia Secretariat accordingly, not later than 24th January 2017.

FIM Asia 2016 GA convocation – reply form

E-mail : corporate@aam.org.my / shah.hj.yahya@gmail.com
Telephone : +603 5511 3429
Facsimile : +603 5511 2505

FIM Asia Supermoto Grand Finale: Shah Alam Stadium, Malaysia

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FIM ASIA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

SHAH ALAM STADIUM
HOSTS GRAND FINALE

9AM-6PM (+8:00GMT), 17-18 NOVEMBER 2016

Gates will drop for the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016 series at the world-renowned Shah Alam Stadium on 17 and 18 December 2016 from 9AM – 6PM (+8:00GMT), with over 20 international riders from 14 countries contending for the last time for overall standing and championship title.Home to Selangor FA and host to countless global concert tours and football competition including the Chelsea FA and Arsenal FA’s friendly match against Malaysia’s national team, the stadium has the capability to hold a capacity of 80,372 audiences. This remarkable moment for the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship will transform its vicinity into a show stunning track to crown the overall champion of the 2016 series.

Satheswaran Mayachandran, CEO of Asia Supersports Group, said that the stadium has its charm and is the perfect venue to host the finale. “Shah Alam Stadium has a strong history and reputation in hosting various international sports and activities. Crowning the championship’s overall champion will be historical for the race.”

The showdown between Malaysia’s Muhd Habibullah (Gabit) and Australia’s Andy McLiesh will be the highlight for the Open International Class. With total points of 121 and 107 respectively, any minor mistakes on track could cost either rider their championship title. Gabit’s kin, Mohd. Al-Amirul Ashshahid (Gaban), might take the third spot, but luck could be with the Malaysian rider after his outstanding performance in Malang last October.

On the Asian Class chart, it will be the fight between brothers – Gabit and Gaban – for the championship title, with a slight chance for Khairi to top the podium. While we already knew that one of the Malaysian trios will take the top spot, Japan’s Takashi Sasaki will not forego the chance to secure a top 3 for himself.

FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016’s finale will be a race not to be missed, especially when the 2016’s standings are at stake for every rider. Top notch condition and full concentration witnessed by a crowd of supermoto enthusiasts will be the supreme curtain closure for Malaysia’s 2016 motorsport scene.

FIM Asia Supermoto Championship is organised by Asia Supersports Group, a consortium of three companies namely Bikenation Motorsports Sdn Bhd, CW Media Sdn Bhd and E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd, with international supporters from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Malaysia Major Events, Destination NSW, Tourism Hunter, Newcastle City Council, FIM Asia, Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM), KYT, KTM Malaysia and Premium World Motorsports (PWM) Sdn Bhd, official distributor of Husqvarna in Malaysia.

For more information and announcements, follow us on our Facebook at FIM Asia Supermoto Championship. Enquiries can be emailed to enquiry@eplusglobal.com.

FIM Asia Supermoto Championships

2016 FIM ASIA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND 3 – 18 to 20 November 2016

Bayanihan Park, Clark, Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines

Race Report

  • Andy McLiesh cleared off to win Moto 1 and Moto 2.
  • Gabit Saleh increases both Open International and Asian Class points lead.

Watched on by 30,000 spectators, Andy McLiesh capitalised on his pole position to win Moto 1 and 2 in Round 3 of the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship.

The Australian had been riding steadily throughout the weekend, trailing Gabit in terms of lap times in the practice sessions before turning it up a notch to cement his grip on the pole position after Final Qualifying and Super Chrono sessions.

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The Bayanihan Park Track had been laid out over a public recreational park and part of a taxi depot. The surfaces of the “tarmac” section were therefore rough concrete (the taxi stop part) and fine concrete on two basketball courts, punctuated by strips of grassy dividers. The “dirt” section on the other hand, was uncut grass. This made the entire track much more slippery than what the riders had faced previously. Besides that, although the track covered a large area, it became narrow with many sharp corners thrown in (no straights).

Thus, in the face of a narrow, twisty, and slippery track, that Number One starting slot became the most coveted piece of real estate. The final starting positions were only determined after the dust had settled in the Super Chrono session (a shootout between the fastest six riders from the first qualifying). So fierce was the competition that the top five qualifiers: McLiesh, Dibben, Gaban, Gabit and Matsumoto were separated by less than a second.

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The start of Moto 1 was delayed just as the riders were completing their sighting lap. A rider had gone down and spilled engine oil onto the track, prompting the track marshals to mobilize the cleanup crew.

When the grid formed up for the restart, it was Richard Dibben was missing. His the front tyre had apparently washed out under him and in a freak occurrence, the gear pedal punctured the engine’s timing case. “We had sat at the track entrance and grid for too long and the tyres had cooled. I was weaving the bike around to heat them up when the front just tucked under,” lamented Dibben. The team tried to patch the crack with putty but it didn’t dry in time for Moto 2.

McLiesh grabbed the lead past the first turn, leaving his rivals to battle it out amongst themselves in his wake. He did not look back from the on and kept building on his lead to an unassailable gap.

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Behind him, a brutal battle for 2nd developed as Mohd. Al-Amirul Ashshahid (Gaban) was determined to defend his 2nd-placed starting spot from his brother Muhd. Habibullah (Gabit) who attacked him incessantly, who was in turn being hounded by Takashi Sasaki. Gaban’s defensive lines caused his lap times to slow and delay the group, consequently allowing McLiesh to disappear at the front altogether.

Gabit finally found a way past Gaban when the latter almost highsided on lap 14. Gabit then put in a series of blistering laps to close the gap to 6.221s at the finish line.

Gaban managed to hold on to 3rd by keeping Sasaki at bay.

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5th- and 6th-place qualifiers Yasushi Matsumoto and Khairi Zakaria also found themselves stuck behind another rider from the start, before finally Matsumoto forced his way through on the same lap 14. The move also opened the door for Khairi to follow through.

Matsumoto then put the hammer down and was soon on the tail of Sasaki, who was still trying to find a way past Gaban. This triggered another round of battle for 3rd, as Sasaki attacked Gaban in front of him in order to get away from Matsumoto. The three riders even touched a few times but it ended in a status quo of Gaban, Sasaki and Matsumoto in 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively. Khairi Zakaria rounded off the top 6.

Gabit had hoped that starting in 2nd (following his Moto 1 finishing position) would allow him to claim the holeshot at the start of Moto 2 but McLiesh held his ground.

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The second race was a race of sorts: Sweet spoils for the victor but cases of bad luck and even heartache for the rest.

The riders had raised concerns about the soft and untethered sandbags from the start. To most, their instincts came true.

Gabit and Matsumoto had pressured McLiesh from the start, keeping the former in sight. With those two fast guys breathing down his neck, McLiesh made an uncharacteristic error by going too deep into Turn One, causing his inside footpeg to snag a bag and dragging it onto the middle of the track. Gabit and Matsumoto had to slow to avoid running into the hazard, allowing McLiesh to once again open up a gap.

But the two riders didn’t let up and soon closed the gap to McLiesh in 3 laps. Again, a sandbag ended up in the middle of the track forcing the pursuing pair to back off. Slower riders then came into play and given the tight nature of the track, overtaking was a risky affair. Gabit and Matsumoto had lost touch of McLiesh, this time for good.

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This left Matsumoto to mount a serious challenge for 2nd. Alas it was not to be as it was Matsumoto’s turn to snag a bag, almost causing him to crash, leaving Gabit to open up a substantial gap.

3rd-place finisher in Moto 1, Gaban had a heartbreaking second race as he first crashed heavily when his bike caught a bag, then again but he managed to stay up this time. He was glassy eyed in the pits after the race. “We tried pushing hard in both races but the results were not to be. I couldn’t push any harder as the bike was fighting back,” he said.

Top six finishing order in Moto 2 was McLiesh, Gabit, Matsumoto, Sasaki, Khairi and Gaban.

The heartaches did not stop there as Khairi was deemed to have used an “unauthorized route” (cutting a corner and earning unfair advantage) by the course marshals and was consequently dropped a position, handing 5th to Gaban.

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Sun Tong and Hasroy Osman were handed 10-seconds penalties to their total time for ignoring 3 consequent blue flags. Blue fags are waved when a leading rider is coming up behind to overtake. Not yielding means one is blocking the progress of the leading rider(s).

Jason Park (Korea), Hasroy Osman (Singapore), Pedro Wuner (Indonesia) and Raniel Resuello (Philippines) also fell victim to “The Bag.”

“It was really hot today, sitting a long time on the start line in leathers. It was really hard,” said McLiesh in the post-race interview. “We got away to a great start in Race 1. Our strategy was knowing Gabit will get held up by Gaban. In Race 2 I just wanted to put the hammer down, build up a massive lead, because Gabit isn’t going to let up at all throughout the race. To come here after lots of bad luck previously and win both Motos was what we wanted.”

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“I’m really pleased with my results today, having come in 2nd in both races. Find the right tyre combination to handle the slippery grass section was difficult, so I had opted for the rain tyre for the front. That tyre was too soft, however, so it was worn out by Moto 2,” explained Gabit. “All I could do at the end was to maintain my position and not crash, because my target is the not only the Asian Class but the Open International Class. I wanted to catch Andy (McLiesh) but it was too dangerous. Apart from that, the backmarkers had backed up tremendously due to the narrow track, so I couldn’t find a way through quick enough.”

Yasushi Matsumoto had been the revelation of the weekend. The Japanese Flat Track Champion impressed everyone by finishing 3rd overall in his first ever outing. “I’m very happy for my results. It’s because my team, Team KYT had been superb in their support. Also, thanks to Technix Suspension. Their chairman actually made the trip here just to personally setup my bike.” He continued, “Yes, it was challenging out there, but finishing with this result is good. I’m very happy.”

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The 2016 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship heads to Malaysia for the fourth and final round from 17th to 18th December.

FIM Asia Supermoto Championship is organised by Asia Supersports Group, a consortium of three companies namely Bikenation Motorsports Sdn Bhd, CW Media Sdn Bhd and E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd, with international supporters from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Malaysia Major Events, Destination NSW, Tourism Hunter, Newcastle City Council, FIM Asia, Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM), KYT, KTM Malaysia and Premium World Motorsports (PWM) Sdn Bhd, official distributor of Husqvarna in Malaysia. Philippine leg of this Championship Series is organised by TEN Inc., sanctioned by NAMSSA Philippines.

Thunder Down Under

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The first round of the 2016 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship drew to a close on the back of some of the best racing with each competitor vying for the spot as Asia’s best all-round rider.

Local boy, Luke George (#101), who grabbed pole during qualifying and went on to win on Saturday, continued on his winning streak by securing victory today. Malaysian Mohd. Habibullah – better known as Gabit (#27) – secured an emphatic runner’s up position after fighting tooth and nail against another Australian, Andrew McLiesh (#217).

The day began with many new promises with bright sunshine and softer breeze, compared to Saturday’s balmy skies and high winds off the sea. The sunny weather drew in spectators by the droves. Families – no doubt celebrating Fathers’ Day – lined the scenic Newcastle Foreshore trackside. The sweet aroma of BBQ hung in the air, replacing the exhaust fumes. The hillside adjacent to the dirt section was packed. A moderate estimate put the attendance between 25,000 to 28,000.

Lack of rain on the previous night had also allowed the dirt to fully dry. Besides that, the infield dirt section had also been reworked and made more balanced against the tarmac section. The former’s original nature proved to be overly complex and that disparity had allowed full-time dirt-riders to break away too easily from the rest of the pack.

George grabbed the holeshot at the drop of the flag. Starting from the right-most side of the grid, he swung past everyone else into the first turn, which led to the dirt section. It was bedlam behind as 27 other riders jostled among themselves for a way through. A stalled rider caused a 3-bike pile up. Thankfully, the riders were able to rejoin without injuries.

Gabit then started fighting with McLiesh, while keeping sight of George. McLiesh got close on a few occasions, but Gabit responded each time. It was apparent that Gabit was determined to hold on to his track standing, despite being caught out by a rut in the dirt section’s hairpin on Lap 13. He wasn’t passed by others, but that miscue allowed George to retain his lead.

“Coming out on top in the race was unexpected. The track today was in great condition and no mistake was made, and I think this was the winning factor for my race today,” said George.

Gabit expressed his happiness through tears of joy upon completing the race. “I rose from sixth in grid to second. I was advantageous when a few riders made mistakes in beginning of the race. That promoted me to third spot after the start. McLiesh attempted to overtake me a few times but I managed to hold him at bay. I am really proud with my performance today and hope for the same in Malang.”

Luke George completed his race at 22:33.777, in front of Gabit at 22:36.097. Andrew McLiesh was right behind Gabit at 22:36.592. The former was however deemed to have jumped the start. As there is no ride-through penalty, 10 seconds were added to his overall time, dropping him to fourth. Michael Kirkness (#387) was promoted to third.

The scoring system provides separate points for the FIM Asia and Australian Open series respectively.

Luke George scored first overall on 50 points, Micheal Kirkness is in second with 42 points, and Gabit in third with 37 points in the Australian Open Series.

In the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship, Gabit is the overall leader 50 points, being the highest placed Asian rider in both races. Khairi Zakaria (#32) is in second with 42 points after finishing 2nd and 3rd highest respectively, and Gabit’s brother Mohd. Al-Amirul Ashshahid – better known as Gaban – is in third after accumulating 40 points.

There were further incidences as the race progressed. Shinji Tomita of Japan showed up late at the starting grid after being torpedoed by another competitor who had brake failure. Australian Corey Turner and the young Japanese rider, Makoto Arai skidded out at the final turn and were ruled unfit to continue. All three riders walked away with minor injuries.

The 2016 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship heads to Malang, Indonesia for Round 2, on 8th and 9th October, 2016.

For more race updates, information and announcements, visit www.supermotoasia.com.

FIM Asia Supermoto Championships 2016 is a regional supermoto championship organised by Asia Supersports Group, a consortium of three companies namely Bikenation Motorsports Sdn Bhd, CW Media Sdn Bhd and E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd, and supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Malaysia Major Events, Malaysia Truly Asia, Destination NSW, Tourism Hunter, Newcastle City Council, FIM Asia, Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM), KYT, KTM Malaysia and Premium World Motorsports (PWM) Sdn Bhd, official distributor of Husqvarna in Malaysia.