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KUALA LUMPUR MINI MOTO CHALLENGE 2014 Everything has a Beginning

admin March 17,2015
By Wahid Ooi Abdullah, photography by Wahid Ooi Abdullah

IMG_2103As the exploits of MotoGP champs Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi, in addition to our own Malaysian Moto2 rider, HafizhSyahrin’sroots have started to see the light of day, mini moto is now gaining momentum in Malaysia.

In seeking to take the sport to a higher level, HB Motorsport(KelabSukanBermotor Hans Bell) and the Kuala Lumpur City Council, together with technical partners Pitrides Motorsport and PB2R held the Kuala Lumpur Mini Moto Challenge at DataranMerdeka on 6 December 2014.

The races are divided into 5 categories: Rookie, Novice (Under 12), Expert (Under 16), Expert, and Open Master. The latter two categories pit competitors on air-cooled and water-cooled together.

IMG_2324A nominal entry of RM50 is charged for each category entered.Prizes are awarded for 1st to 5thplaced finishers, while purse money is awarded to 1st to 3rdplaced finishers. Riders came from Kuala Lumpr, Melaka, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Johore, Perlis, Brunei and Singapore.

Activities kicked off at 12.00 noon, for registration and scrutineering. A safety briefing was then held at 2.00pm. The competitors were then let loose at 3.00pm for open practice, finally through qualifying, pre-final (final practice) and the final race.

VIP’s who graced the event were Y.M. Tuan Idzawi bin Y.M. Raja Ismail, Director of Sport and Art, DBKL; Y.B. Dato’ BorhanNordin, Group CEO of HB Corporation; HafizhSyahrin, PetronasRaceline Moto2 World Championship rider; and SyafiqRasol, Asian Talent Cup rider.

IMG_2352As the finals were held after Isyak (night) prayers, they were run under the spotlights, somewhat akin to the Qatar MotoGP. They may be mini, but the racing was anything but. These kids and adults alike traded paint, bashed shoulders, pushed each other into mistakes, and stuffed their bikes inside their competitors’ to make passes. Plumes of bluish-white smoke rose skyward.The aroma of Castrol R-40 perfumes the air. DataranMerdeka was alive with the symphony of 2-strokes, so rejoice o’ yesmoker fans!

The event drew massive numbers of spectators, who thronged to the square in droves with their families.

HafizhSyahrin put on a thrilling exhibition ride to close the proceedings. The action will now head north to Perda Mall in Butterworth at the Full Throttle/MotoJamm event from the 27th to 28th December 2014.

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RESULTS:

 

Rookie

  1. MOHAMAD AIDIL BIN MOHAMAD AYUB

  2. MUHAMMAD HAZIQ BIN ROSMAZA

  3. MUHAMMAD HAZIQ SUHAIRI


 

Novice (Under 12)

  1. AKIF HAKIMI BIN ZAINUDDIN

  2. MUHAMMAD ZAKI BIN AHMAD ZAMRI

  3. MOHAMAD DANIAL SYAHMI


 

Expert (Under 16)

  1. MUHD HAZIQ BIN MUHD FAIRUZ

  2. MUHAMMAD IDIL FITRI BIN MAHADI

  3. MUHD AFIQ ASYRAF ZULKIFLI


 

Expert

  1. MUHAMMAD IDIL FITRI BIN MAHADI

  2. MOHAMAD DANIAL SYAHMI

  3. AKIF HAKIMI BIN ZAINUDDIN


 

Open Master

  1. MUHD AFIQ ASYRAF ZULKIFLI

  2. IQBAL MALIK

  3. ZURYZARMAN

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