Two rounds, four races and 100 maximum points up for grabs – Pirelli Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSBK) 2018 is set for a thrilling double round finish this weekend as the country’s top riders gather at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) in their battle for supremacy and the right to be crowned as this season’s champions.
Round 4 will see Saturday conclude Round 4. Sunday will feature the two final races of the season for the premier classes – Superbike, Superstock, Supersports and the Super 250.
Former Moto2 rider Azlan Shah Kamaruddin, who is former Supersport Asia Road Racing Champion (ARRC), is in prime position to win the 2018 Superbike crown as he takes a massive 46-points in front into Round 4. Azlan set the qualifying time for Pole position with a time of 2.07.7s in route setting a new MSBK Superbike lap record,
Riding for Team Chia PJ Kawasaki, Azlan has garnered a total of 136 championship points, with closest rival India’s Rajini Krishnan of Team RACR on 90 points. Switzerland’s Jonathan Serrapica is third in the championship standings with 88 points; with Malaysian Mohd Ramdan Mohd Rosli of TOC HKMTOYO Racing Team 10 points behind in fourth with 78 points.
The Superstock Championship is currently topped by Azroy Hakim of Fastthrottle Motorsports with 145 points; holding a comfortable lead over Malaysia’s former Moto3 rider Amirul Haziq Mohd Azmi of TOC HKMTOYO Racing Team, who has 92 points after three rounds. Shahrulnizam Ramli of FTA Liqui Moly is third with 90 points.
In the 600cc Supersport Championship, Muhammad Helmi Azman of SCK Rapido HIREV Honda Racing holds a 32-point lead over New Zealander Liam Taylor MacDonald, who is on 78 points. Kasma Daniel Kasmayuddin is third with 75 points and nine points ahead of defending champion Ismael Smalji of Germany, who has 66 points.
After three rounds, Zulfahmi Khairuddin’s teenage charges at SIC Junior ZK Racing looks set to make a strong closure in their debut season after a commendable performance in the previous round.
Now lagging in mid-table after two challenging opening rounds, Daniel El Fahim and Danial Syahmi will want to make their team principal and racing idol proud.
After three rounds, the Super250 championship is now led by the dynamic duo of PROMAX NJT IKBN Jitra Racing – Malaysian Luth Harith Erwan and Indonesia’s Surya Narayana are at the top of the standings with 101 and 99 points respectively. Jailani Kosman of Horizon Motorsports is third with 71 points.
Racing fans can catch all the actions for free from the Main Grandstand. To be closer to the actions, fans can purchase Paddock Passes for access into the paddock and viewing from the covered rooftop of the Main Pit Building.
The race will also be shown Live on SIC’s Facebook which has attracted an average of 142,000 viewers and reaching 400,000 people per round.
PIRELLI MALAYSIA SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
Saturday, 6 October 2018
0915 hrs – 0950 hrs: Superstock Race 1 (12 laps)
1015 hrs – 1050 hrs: Super 250 Race 1 (8 laps)
1115 hrs – 1150 hrs: Superbike Race 1 (12 laps)
1215 hrs – 1250 hrs: Supersport Race 1 (12 laps)
1305 hrs – 1335 hrs: TOC Ducati Desmo Qualifying
1400 hrs – 1435 hrs: Superstock Race 2 (12 laps)
1500 hrs – 1535 hrs: Super 250 Race 2 (8 laps)
1600 hrs – 1635 hrs: Superbike Race 2 (12 laps)
1700 hrs – 1735 hrs: Supersport Race 2 (12 laps)
1800 hrs – 1835 hrs: TOC Ducati Desmo Race 1 (10 laps)
Sunday, 7 October 2018
0915 hrs – 0950 hrs: Superstock Race 3 (12 laps)
1015 hrs – 1050 hrs: Super 250 Race 3 (8 laps)
1115 hrs – 1150 hrs: Superbike Race 3 (12 laps)
1215 hrs – 1250 hrs: Supersport Race 3 (12 laps)
1315 hrs – 1350 hrs: TOC Ducati Desmo Race 2 (10 laps)
1415 hrs – 1450 hrs: Superstock Race 4 (12 laps)
1515 hrs – 1550 hrs: Super 250 Race 4 (8 laps)
1615 hrs – 1650 hrs: Superbike Race 4 (12 laps)
1715 hrs – 1750 hrs: Supersport Race 4 (12 laps)