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i-moto.my Its been 5 years since i-moto.my started, with ups and downs in the two wheel industry but we have take all the challenges heads on. i-Moto eMag has been around for over 2 years, and we will continue to provide the latest motorsports news, reviews and anything related to Two Wheels. With our readers & clients continue support we will strive to do our very best and deliver the very best content & latest news to everyone! This month is crazy month with multiple events on the same weekend, launches, breaking news, local races, and new development in the industry, its just crazy trying to cope with everything with our small team. But this issue August #8 should be our best issue yet for our readers and also this issue we added an Off-Road Xtreme section for all you trail blazers and dirt riders! So have a great time reading our new and improve eMag August issue! Thanks everyone for your support!


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François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events Razlan Razali, Sepang International Circuit CEO Susumu Yamashita, Mobilityland President Rezsö Bulcsu, FIM CCR Director 6th-8th December 2019 will mark the Endurance World Championship (EWC) arrival to Malaysia for the very first time, at Sepang International Circuit for the prestigious eight-hour race. The announcement at the 2018 Suzuka 8 Hour race, the race will become the qualifying round for endurance racing’s most prestigious race, that will bring full-factory teams into action not once but twice a year to Asia. Traditionally held only in Suzuka Japan. Sepang CEO Razlan Razali hinted that their new MotoGP team SIC Racing Team well join in the action Championship and Sepang as the qualifying race for line up on the grid, and also hope to attract top Suzuka riders to race in the Sepang 8 Hours.” The race will have the same format as the Suzuka 8 An exciting new era for the FIM Endurance World Hours, with a Superpole Top10 Trial and a finish after nightfall as Sepang has already upgraded the circuit with flood lights to cater for night racing. The Sepang 8 Hours will also be the first qualifying round for all the Southeast Asian and Japanese teams wishing to take part in the Suzuka 8 Hours. It means the finest Asian teams hoping to qualify for Suzuka will be on track in Malaysia together with the permanent FIM EWC teams, who will be invited to Sepang. The combination of Sepang and Suzuka, two iconic venues in Asia, will offer the FIM EWC bright new horizons.


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The Yamaha R15 is set to hit the Malaysian streets with the introduction of the third generation R15 V3.0 While the first generations of R15 was first introduced to the Indonesia and Thailand markets sometime back, this version has many new upgrade which may consider as a new model. The V3 will be introduced with a new 155.1 cc, liquid cooled and fuel injected engine, with 19hp at 10,000 rpm and 14.7 Nm at 8500 rpm. The engine comes with a 6-speed gearbox while it will have slipper clutch to provide an even better track riding experience. R15 V3 also comes with full LED headlights, higher seat position and an all new design that’s inspired from the Yamaha R6 and R1M. Yamaha R15 also gets new alldigital instrument console and USD (Upside Down) front suspension.

For sure we will be looking at a higher price tag for this model but this R15 will be the favourite among new riders who are looking for lightweight performance motorcycle that can be ridden every day and even experience rider who may just want to ride in the go-cart tracks and have a lot of fun! Hong Leong Yamaha has announced that the new Yamaha R15 is priced at RM11,988 excluding insurance and roadtax and will be available at Yamaha dealers nationwide end of August 2018.


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Suzuki unveiled the SV650X Café Racer, and it is powered by a 645cc 90° DOHC liquid-cooled V-twin engine with 56kW of power at 8500rpm and 64Nm of torque at 8100rpm. SV650X Café Racer has a trellis frame and large 290mm dual front disc brakes with Nissin ABS and 240mm rear brake disc. The cafe racer also features Suzuki Easy Start System. It engages the starter motor at a precisely timed preset interval to start with just a push of a button. The ECM checks the status and disengages the starter motor immediately after starting.

Round multi-reflector head light equipped with a classical atmosphere headlight cowl. The slit beside the headlight makes it reminiscent of the heritage racer of the past year, and stand out the personality of the SV 650X ABS. Price announced RM41,888 without Insurance & RoadTax

The all-new 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 250 will add more zing to the entry-level sportsbike segment. The new 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 250 uses 249cc, liquidcooled, parallel-twin cylinder engine, mated to a six-speed gearbox. What's new is the power output. The new Ninja 250 will offer a whopping 39 horse power at 12,500rpm, equal to what the Ninja 300 currently offer, along with 23.5Nm of torque. The design front, the Ninja 250 looks similar to Ninja 400 that is racing in the World Super Sport 300. Ninja 250 looks way sharper and sportier than it ever did, particularly thanks to the twin headlamp setup. The rear looks like the ZX10R. The front turn indicators that are now integrated into the fairing, making for a cleaner look. On the whole, the new Ninja 250 is larger in size and appearance which makes it more appealing. SPECIFICATIONS - Kawasaki Ninja 250 (2018) Engine: 4-stroke, 249cc, Dual-Inline cylinder, DOHC Power: 39hp @ 12,500rpm Torque: 23.5Nm @ 10,000rpm Wet weight: 167kg Tank Capacity: 14 liters


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6th-8th December 2019 will see The Endurance World Championship (EWC) will be heading to Malaysia for the very first time, at Sepang International Circuit for the eight-hour race. The announcement at the 2018 Suzuka 8 Hour race, the race will become the qualifying round for endurance racing’s most prestigious race, that will bring full-factory teams into action not once but twice a year to Asia. Traditionally held only in Suzuka Japan.

The DRE Racing course organised by Ducati Asia was be held this year at Sepang International Circuit from 1st to 3rd June 2017. The #DRE lets you experience the thrill of a racetrack, the overwhelming feeling of riding a #Ducati Panigale and will also enable you to improve your track-riding skills thanks to world-class instructors on a #959Panigale. Dario Marchetti (DRE Technical Director and Daytona Champion), Alessandro Valia (Ducati official test rider and Italian Superbike Champion) and Manuel Poggiali (two-times 250cc world champion) are just three of the many names along with Malaysian instructors that will be personally teaching the riders on the track to improve your skills and performance on the racetrack.

Sepang CEO Razlan Razali hinted that their new MotoGP team SIC Racing Team well join in the action line up on the grid, and also hope to attract top riders to race in the Sepang 8 Hours.� An exciting new era for the FIM Endurance World Championship and Sepang as the qualifying race for Suzuka The race will have the same format as the Suzuka 8 Hours, with a Superpole Top10 Trial and a finish after nightfall as Sepang has already upgraded the circuit with flood lights to cater for night racing. The Sepang 8 Hours will also be the first qualifying round for all the Southeast Asian and Japanese teams wishing to take part in the Suzuka 8 Hours. It means the finest Asian teams hoping to qualify for Suzuka will be on track in Malaysia together with the permanent FIM EWC teams, who will be invited to Sepang. The combination of Sepang and Suzuka, two iconic venues in Asia, will offer the FIM EWC bright new horizons.


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The second exclusive Honda Bigwing opens its doors in Sg Pinang, Georgetown. The exclusive one-stop sales and service centre for Honda Big Bikes with models ranging from 250cc and above, is set to meet the diversified market demands in the northern part of Malaysia. Honda BigWing Georgetown is operated by Taycon Motor Sdn Bhd.

Honda Big Bike sales in Malaysia. The first Honda BigWing launched in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, in January 2018.

Boon Siew Honda is set to have Honda BigWing in the 2 more major cities – after Honda Bigwing Setapak Kuala Lumpur and Honda Bigwing Georgetown next will be Selangor and Johor, which is targeted to contributed a estimate of 75% of the


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“The Destination for Riders� Honda BigWing consists of a state-of-the-art showroom, service centre, parts and accessories corner and customer lounge. The overall distinctive concept was designed to provide cool, sophisticated and premium atmosphere, offering a unique customer experience. Honda BigWing Georgetown is located at No: 171 B Jalan Sungai Pinang, 10150, George Town, Pulau Pinang Malaysia. Contact 016-436 9181 for more information.


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Boon Siew Honda Sdn Bhd (BSH) launched its performance, making the new Dash 125 a great latest model Dash 125. This new 125cc is the bike for those who are looking for a cub that has answer for riders who are looking for a city bike better performance within a reasonable price that has improved performance and stylish range. The new Dash 125 offers a stylish and design! dynamic silhouette with its improved exterior. The Speaking at the launch ceremony, Managing new model is now equipped with LED headlights Director and Chief Executive Officer of Boon Siew to offer better illumination and safety for riders Honda, Mr. Keiichi Yasuda said, “Over the years, who travel day and night in this fast-paced living the higher cc cub market has grown increasingly environment. To add more aggressiveness in its competitive and challenging due to greater aesthetic, the new Dash 125 is equipped with a customer demand. As a company that is BSH stylish leg shield, sporty rim lining, cutting-edge committed to bringing new values for the joy of mirror design as well as a new speedometer. customers, Boon Siew Honda has been refining our model offerings to meet the expectation of Malaysian riders for superior riding experience. Having understood the current trend and demand in Malaysia, we are extremely excited to introduce the new Dash 125 that is set to push the benchmark higher in the cub segment.� The new Dash 125 received several value-added upgrades from its previous model, the Wave Dash that was engine which is now 125cc to give riders a dashing ride that is better and more spirited in


Smart, Intuitive Cockpit

Smart Key Ignition

Rally-style instrument display. Cohesively laid out, it shows all the information rider needs.

With the smart key present one touch of the main switch powers it up.

Comfortable Seat Proportions

Spacious Underseat Storage

Good proportions for one or two-up riding, and made with premium materials will make sure long journey is a comfortable one.

Under the X-ADV seat has a 21 litres of storage compartment and 12v socket located in this space too, which is also illuminated with LED light.

Slim LED Headlight The twin slim headlights are a bright LED type - adding extra aggression.

Windshield and Hand Guard An adjustable windshield and hand guard keep the wind-chill and weather ou your hands and also protect them against any stones or debris ou-road.


This new model also sports a new exterior, which is Malaysians will also witness the thrilling more contemporary with four colour performance of the new Dash 125 as it will be the options, which are Pearl Magellanic Black, Vivacity new racing machine of the Honda One-Make Race in Red, Pearl Nightfall Blue and the Repsol the Malaysian Cub Prix. Previously named the Edition. The available variants and prices: Dash 125 “Honda Wave Alpha Challenge” for the Honda Wave (Single Disc-Brake) RM5,999, Dash 125 (Double Alpha, the name of the race will now be known as Disc-Brake) RM6,299 and Dash 125 Repsol Edition “Honda Dash 125 Challenge” in line with the (Double Disc-Brake) RM6,499. (excluding of road tax, migration to this 125cc cub model. The One-Make insurance and registration.) The new Dash 125 Race has proven to be the ideal platform for talented comes with a 2-year or 20,000km manufacturing young Malaysian riders to take their first step into warranty (whichever comes first) to ensure the world of motorsports and receive the guidance customers enjoy high quality convenience and and support needed towards becoming an service. international champion.


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Art of Speed, Malaysia’s very own homegrown Old-Skool & Kustom Kulture event, is back with its annual treat for motor heads showcasing the local kustom scene comprising of customised cars and bikes, art galleries as well as interactive activities and exciting lucky draw give aways! With 45,000 visotors and 4 bike launches, AOS 2018 is an event that should never be missed. Art of Speed 2018 (AOS 2018) was held at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park, Serdang (MAEPS), on 28 – 29 July 2018 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.


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Asep Ahmad Iskandar, Founder of Art of Speed Malaysia, “This year’s edition is definitely our best installation yet, with a variety and complexity of not only participating vehicles, but an expansion of activities throughout the weekend to suit all age groups.” Show and Shine competition in an air-conditioned 150,000 square feet hall with customs and classics in Hall A, NEAT Fest occupying Hall C curated by NoEqual, an art gallery called Moto Circus with local and international artists, expanded “LIVE’ acts for Sound Circus, as well as children and family friendly activities such as House of Vans workshop, marketplace and a youth arena featuring an indoor skate & BMX park by VANS”.


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Special highlights for AOS 2018 included: Art of Speed Invitational Bike Build Off 2018 powered by PETRONAS, saw 8 builders from Malaysia & Singapore vying for RM10,000 cash prize (jury selection) & RM5,000.00 cash prize (public choice). - Rusty Factory from Ipoh, Perak - Soul Garage from Sungai Petani, Kedah - JZ Engineering & Services from Pasir Gudang, Johor - No Die Cycles from Ampang, Selangor - Beautiful Machines from Kuala Lumpur - Dstreet Customs from Singapore - Kenstomoto from Kuala Lumpur - Skateture Custom Works from Kuching. Sarawak The build off saw an astounding result, which saw the champion of last year build off maintaining his crown again this year. The overall jury pick winner was an

BMW R75/6

astonishing well-customized BMW R75/6 built by Muhammad Khalid Musa from Rusty Factory. The 31 years old Ipoh lad walked away with the Public Choice award too with the most cast votes beating out the other 7 builders. AOS INVITATIONAL BIKE BUILD OFF JURY AWARD: Rusty Factory Muhammad Khalid Musa – 1975 BMW R75/6 (Malaysia) PUBLIC AWARD Rusty Factory Muhammad Khalid Musa – 1975 BMW R75/6 (Malaysia)


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BEST OF SHOW AUTOMOBILE Hiszawawi Samseh 1966 Chevrolet C10 Long Bed (Malaysia) BEST OF SHOW MOTORCYCLE Pa’Din Musa 1959 Panhead Harley-Davidson

INVITED GUEST PICK SHIGE SUGANUMA – MOONEYES PICK MARK ARCENAL – FATLACE/ILLEST PICK MAKOTO PICK Winner : 405 Industries (Malaysia) DAISUKE SAKON – KUSTOMSTYLE PICK Winner : Jalil (Malaysia) JEFF HOLT – VTWIN VISIONARY PICK Winner : Asrul @ Joejot (Malaysia)

(Malaysia) WILL & JAMES KEN – TRICO PICK YUKI HITOMI & NAU SHIMA – TOKYO INDIAN MC PICK Winner : Pa’din Musa (Malaysia) DEAN MICETICH & JIMMY DEAN – DICE MAGAZINE PICK Winner : Nasir Skateture Custom Works (Malaysia) MAKONABE – CHOPPER JOURNAL MAGAZINE PICK YOSHIDA SHINYA –YENC MAGAZINE PICK KEN SUGIHARA – FUSTY WORKS PICK GEOFFREY – THE RETURN OF CAFÉ RACERS PICK BRYAN THOMPSON – THOMPSON CYCLES PICK Winner : Muhammad Khalid Musa

DINO DALLE CARBONARE – SPEEDHUNTERS.COM PICK Winner : Ken Gan (Malaysia) NOEQUAL PICK Winner : Steven Toh (Malaysia)

THE NASH PICK Winner : Jap Loh (Singapore) MR. G PICK LUKE – FUEL TANK PICK Winner : Lebai Game (Malaysia) GEN LOVE ART PICK Winner : Nodie Irwan (Malaysia) CHRISTIAN COUJIN PICK Winner : Velson Khoo Jun Hong (Malaysia)


LOWRIDER CATEGORY Best of 12”, 16” & 20” Wheel Lowrider Henry Siema Setiawan (Indonesia) 2.Best of 24”, 26” & Open Wheels Lowrider & Limousine Mohd Fariz Md Minkom (Malaysia) 3.Best Classic BMX Afihahizal Ahamad (Malaysia)

OPTIONAL CATEGORY 1.BEST PAINT Henry Siema Setiawan (Indonesia) 2.BEST FABRICATION Pak Din Gercust Kluang (Malaysia) Automobile Category 1.BEST OF GERMANS (CLASSIC) Ismail Ibrahim (Malaysia) 2.BEST OF ITALIANS (CLASSIC) -no winner3.BEST OF BRITISH (CLASSIC) Middleton (Canada) 4.BEST OF JAPANESE (CLASSIC)

Lebai Garage (Malaysia) 5.BEST OF USA/MUSCLE Awie 44 (Malaysia) 6.BEST OF SWEDISH -no winner7.BEST OF MODERN CLASSIC Ken Gan (Malaysia) 8.BEST OF MODERN JDM Jason Teoh Kok Liong (Malaysia) 9.BEST OF MODERN EURO Paulson Chan (Malaysia) 10.BEST OF NATIONAL HEROES Mohd Nizam Kamarozaman (Malaysia) 11.BEST OF RADIKAL (CLASSIC & MODERN) Saifudin Dani(Malaysia) 12.BEST OF CLASSIC WAGON Mohamad Talha (Malaysia) 13.BEST OF VAN Abdul Wahab Bahari (Malaysia) 14.BEST OF VW BEETLE Wan Azhar (Malaysia) 15.BEST OF VW BUS Ravinder Singh (Malaysia) 16.BEST OF VW AIR-COOLED RESTOMOD Amirul Hafiz (Malaysia)

17.BEST OF RAT LOOK Mohamad Meezam Azmi (Malaysia) 18.BEST OF STANCE Irfan (Malaysia) 19.BEST OF RACE CAR Alvin Yak (Malaysia) 20.BEST PAINT Mira Drag Car (Malaysia) 21.BEST INTERIOR Rajinder Singh (Malaysia) 22.BEST ENGINE BAY Alex Wong (Malaysia) MOTORCYCLE CATEGORY 1.BEST OF OPEN CLASS Abd Rasid Ismail (Malaysia) 2.BEST OF CHOPPER Pa’Din Musa (Malaysia) 3.BEST OF BOBBER Abd Rasid Ismail (Malaysia) 4.BEST OF CAFÉ RACER Mohd Aidzam (Malaysia) 5.BEST OF MODIFIED HARLEYDAVIDSON Rel Harun (Malaysia)


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BEST OF CLUB STYLE Asrol@Joeyot (Malaysia) BEST OF CUSTOM BAGGER Rolling Ink – Iron Head MG (Malaysia) BEST OF JAP STYLE & TRACKER Bunny Builds (Singapore) BEST OF RESTORED CLASSIC SCOOTER Muhammad Naqib Mustaffa – 88 Machine (Malaysia) BEST OF STREETCUB Wira Syawal (Malaysia) BEST OF RESTORED RETRO JAPANESE Sundares A/L Nadarajen (Malaysia) BEST OF RESTORED CLASSIC CONTINENTAL & AMERICAN Hatta Yahya (Malaysia)

BEST OF MODIFIED CLASSIC CONTINENTAL & AMERICAN Naim Fadhli – Beautiful Machines (Malaysia) BEST OF CUSTOM STREET BIKE Muhammad Naqib Mustaffa – 88 Machine (Malaysia)

Winner of the grand prize

BEST PAINT Rogan Ng (Singapore) BEST ENGINEERING Abd Rasid Ismail (Malaysia)

Lucky Draw Grand Prize 600cc Street Cub


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Hot Wheels also celebrating its 50th Anniversary at Art of Speed 2018 with Dmitriy Shakhmatov, Global Hot Wheels Product Design Manager. Shakhmatov was travelling to Malaysia from the US as part of the Hot Wheels Southeast Asia Tour and holds a meet and greet at the event. He also unveiled the Car Culture 2019 designs made in collaboration with RWB Porsche as well as celebrating the life-sized RWB Porsche 911 which has been made into a Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary model. The model's preview at Art of Speed was the first time it was revealed to the public.


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With music being an instrumental segment of Art of Speed, the main stage of AOS is now known as ‘Sound Circus’ featured Fox Wanna Fly as the opening act on Saturday launching the event’s official theme song entitled “Inspirasi”. AOS 2018 goers also treated to popular bands Plague Of Happiness, the main act on Saturday and a comeback concert by Bittersweet that closed the event on Sunday with a bang!


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The HOUSE OF VANS Skateboard & BMX Competition and art workshop was an exciting section with plenty of activities for children, teenagers and the young at heart.


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Ducati also launched the Scrambler 1100 at AOS 2018

There was daily lucky draws on Saturday and Sunday respectively, where Shamsudin Yakob won a paid package trip for ONE (1) to visit the 27th Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2018 and Mohamad Nasruddin Abdullah won a fully custom ONE (1) unit C600R Streetcub by FNG Works. These prizes were given away on Saturday & Sunday respectively.


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A variety of exciting activities and a steady stream of performances, all at the Batu Kawan Stadium, Penang on July 29, 2018! Over 10,000 Yamaha owners from across the country gathered for the inaugural Gen Blue Carnival. Main attraction was

Groups of convoys already started to packing the Gen Blue parking lots at Batu Kawan from 8.30am, while the gates only open at 10am. All Yamaha products from Motorcycle, ATV, Boat

the preview of the new Yamaha R15 and lucky draw main prize of a Yamaha MT-07 and Y15ZR. Stunt by 5 time Asian stunt champion Wawan Tembong. Custom bike contest and 20% discount on parts and free checking and labour was the other attractions

engines and Yamaha Music was displayed at various tents around the carnival and Racing Boy also set up their promotion booths, every purchase of RM50 entitles to a lucky draw ticket.


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This vintage carnival idea makes the Ram Jam Festival very unique as it brings back memories of the post-retro All American feel right to the menu of Makhan which has been specially designed just for the RAM JAM Festival and transformed Mahkan to look like a classic all American Diner serving Hotdogs and fries. Vintage bikes and cars was displayed during the RAM JAM.


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In the humble beginning, back in 1992, Mr Gan Ee Tiong open his first motorcycle service workshop Ee Tiong Motor at No 40, Jalan Pahang, Setapak. Back then mostly servicing and repairing moped. After 11 years later officially became a Honda Select Shop which sells small capacity motorcycle like Honda EX5 and Honda Wave which was the trend for mode of transportation as Malaysia started to booming as a develop nation. Traffic was bad back then and now still is, so naturally city commuters, started looking for motorcycle and scooters as a mode of transportation in the city. That year also, Ee Tiong had expanded to his second shop and by 2009 Ee Tiong Motor became a Honda Impian Shop, between 2003 to 2009, Ee Tiong opened another 6 more shops to cater for other brands like SYM, Demak, KTNS, Benelli and Yamaha.

Honda BigWing comes timely when the big bike market in Malaysia is booming, especially Honda owners gets a one-stop destination which consists of a state-of-the-art showroom, service centre, parts and accessories corner and customer lounge with the overall concept to provide a cool, sophisticated and premium atmosphere, that offering a unique customer experience for Honda owners. At the beginning of 2018, Ee Tiong Motorsports Sdn Bhd made history to become the first Honda BigWing Dealership which caters for Honda’s large capacity motorcycle ranging from 250cc to BigWing Dealership which caters for Honda’s large capacity motorcycle ranging from 250cc to Honda Goldwings! The journey of 26 years of dedication to the motorcycle would not be complete without passion, hardwork and risks. Now Ee Tiong now runs the Honda BigWing Setapak and all his other outlet with his son Gan Chong Kien.


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The new 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 250 packs more power than its predecessor. The 249 cc parallel-twin, liquidcooled, DOHC engine now delivers 39 HP of maximum power at 12,500 rpm and 23.5 Nm of peak torque at 10,000 revs. The outgoing model was tuned for 32 HP of maximum power and 21Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a six-speed transmission which makes the Ninja highest in its segment

The 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 250 features an updated fascia with new headlight design, chin-spoilers below the twin illuminators, a revised fairing, a redesigned 14-litre fuel tank, Ninja ZX-10R inspired tail-light and updated body panels. Lighting the road ahead are the pair of LED headlights which are now becoming quite common in the entry-level performance motorcycle segment.

Displacing 249 cm3, the new engine delivers significantly increased performance compared to its predecessor: Ninja 250 (+5 kW vs the 2017 Ninja 250). The higher performance can largely be credited to the new downdraft intake, which is accompanied by a larger airbox offering increased intake efficiency. The increased performance is complemented by a riderfriendly character; the smooth response and abundant low-end torque facilitate throttle control for new and experienced riders alike.


Designing the engine from scratch allowed the engine layout to be optimised for size, weight and efficiency. The new unit is comparable in size to that of the 2013-2017 Ninja 250. Numerous weight reduction efforts keep weight to a minimum. A clean design trimmed of any unnecessary items, and a revamped layout enable a slim engine and a cooling system with minimised external piping.

More compact clutch(ø139 mm >> ø125 mm) with less rigid operating plates offers a 20% lighter lever pull. Complementing the extremely light feel at the lever, the new clutch has a wider engagement range, facilitating control.

A cover for the radiator fan directs engine heat away from the rider, contributing to rider comfort. With the new design (patent pending), hot air is now mostly routed out to the sides (through holes in the fairing).

Offering considerable weight savings compared to its predecessor, the new chassis delivers a balance of stability and light, easy manoeuvrability. Its slim design facilitates both control and ease of riding, making the Ninja 250 an easy choice for both new and experienced riders.

Relaxed rider triangle accommodates a wide range of rider sizes and riding situations. Compared to some other models (whose somewhat extreme riding position compromises comfort), the elevated handle position and slightly foot- forward footpeg position put the rider in a position to control the bike while also offering rider comfort.


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Ninja ZX-10R inspired tail-light and updated body panels. The new fascia is inline with the styling cues of Kawasaki Ninja 250’s litre-class siblings. The 2018 Kawasaki Ninja also features fairing integrated front blinkers

Measuring ø310 mm Honda’s 'toy', a (the same discnewsize MotoGP for public roads that will used the Ninja ZXsoon beon coveted by collectors. 14R), the Ninja 250’s semi-floating front disc offers sure stopping power. A rigid new front brake master cylinder helps eliminate ineffective (idle) stroke, contributing to controllability, while carefully selected brake hose dimensions and material contribute to brake touch. At the rear a ø220 mm petal disc is slowed by a dual-piston caliper

The Ninja 250 features a trellis frame similar in design to that of the Ninja H2. Kawasaki’s advanced dynamic rigidity analysis was used to ensure optimum rigidity with light weight. The engine is rigidmounted and used as a stressed member. The new frame design contributes significantly to the bike’s low curb mass.


Rigid ø41 mm telescopic fork delivers better suspension action. The front wheel feels really planted, direction changes are made easily (even when the bike is fairly upright – handy when navigating traffic jams), and overall the suspension offers the plushness of a larger displacement bike. Thanks to the increased rigidity of the bigger fork, the

front fender brace could be eliminated, saving weight. Steeper caster angle contributes to light, nimble handling. Revised linkage ratios and rear suspension settings contribute to the high-quality ride feel. At the rear 5-way preload adjustability lets riders adjust the stiffness and ride height to suit body weight or when riding two-up. The shock is easily adjustable with the on-board tool kit.

The Ninja 250 is equipped with sophisticated instrument design features a large analogue tachometer flanked by warning lamps on one side, and a gear position indicator and multi-function LCD screen on the other. Gear position indicator increases shifting precision and confidence, while also lending to the Ninja 250’s sporty image. LCD screen features a negative display adding to the instrument cluster’s sporty, modern appearance.


Engine 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, water-cooled Displacement 249 cc Bore x Stroke 62.0 x 41.2mm Compression Ratio 11.6:1 Fuel System DFIÂŽ with 32mm throttle bodies (2) Ignition TCBI with digital advance Transmission 6-speed, return shift Final Drive Sealed Chain

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Front Suspension 41mm Telescopic fork Rear Suspension Bottom-link Uni-TrakÂŽ, swingarm adjustable preload Front Brakes 310mm semi-floating single disc Rear Brakes 220mm single disc

Metallic Spark Black

Frame Type Trellis, high-tensile steel Overall Length 1,990mm Overall Width 710mm Overall Height 1,125mm Road Clearance 1,370mm Seat Height 145mm Curb Weight 164kg Fuel Capacity 14 litres Wheelbase 1,155mm Front Tire 110/70x17 Rear Tire 150/70x17 RM23,070.10

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The thrill of racing at night is an exciting prospect for some petrol heads. The smell of burning rubber and approaching the corners at night give different depths to racing.

Hence, Sepang International Circuit (SIC) has taken the initiative to install lights all around the circuit to enable track time and racing at night. SIC has ushered in a new era in racing at the famed 5.543km circuit with the installation of the lights. Since its opening in 1999, SIC has been the crown jewel of Malaysian motorsports as it plays host to marquee events like the Formula 1 and the MotoGP. SIC is the first modern Formula 1 circuit in the world, and although many new circuits have emerged around the globe since, SIC is still regarded as one of the best for pure racing. And tonight’s launch of the Circuit Lights will further elevate SIC as one of the very few circuits in the world that can host night racing The historic launch of the night lights was done by none other than the man who launched SIC himself, Prime Minister YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad. The Premier was also one the first to experience driving around the track in a Ferrari 430 to get a feel of the fully-lit track.

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“It’s an honour to have Tun officiating the night lights today,” said Tan Sri Azman Yahya, Chairman of SIC. “Tun Dr Mahathir launched SIC back in 1999 and that was the start of the development of Malaysian motorsports until what it has become today. After 19 years, Tun Dr Mahathir is back to officiate another milestone at the iconic circuit.”

As SIC has been fully booked at an average of 98% a year for the past couple of years, the initiative to install the circuit lights serve two main purposes – firstly to allow SIC to sell more track time as demand for track time especially on weekends is extremely high. Secondly, to allow for night racing which will be very popular here in Malaysia.


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“We saw that the only opportunity for us to increase track bookings is through opening the track at night, thus we have decided to make it accessible by installing lights all around the track,” added Tan Sri Azman. “We have engaged a specialist that has the expertise with circuit lighting and they were also responsible for installing lights at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, Losail International Circuit in Qatar, Jukasa Speedway in Canada and Bahrain International Circuit amongst others. They were also responsible for the lighting at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil for the KL SEA Games last year.” Rigorous test sessions were conducted late last year to determine the suitable lux level – between 70 and 150 lux. The lux level determined is suitable for night track days and racing. However, it will not meet the requirements of Formula 1 or MotoGP events which require higher lux level for broadcasting purposes. The Circuit Lights consist of 64 light poles, measuring a minimum of 17m to 43m, with a consistent illumination power of 150 lux throughout the circuit. The position of the poles and the lights were designed that all part of the circuit has the same illumination intensity.

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This is very important especially for motorbike riders so that they can judge the braking zone, cornering apex and acceleration zone perfectly. The design and location of the poles have been approved by the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) and International Automobile Federation (FIA). “I believe this initiative, besides doubling the hours of track time available for booking, will give a new experience to those who are accustomed of having track days at our circuit when the sun is still up,” added Tan Sri Azman. Bookings for night events started with the first four-wheel event on 7th July 2018. Year to date, the night track bookings are 10% ahead of its target. SIC foresee high take-ups from their current partners and club users to experience driving and riding at night. With the initiative of lighting the circuit at night, this will continue to propel SIC’s business sustainability and open up a new dimension to track experience.

Mark your calendars and start planning your leave for 2018! SBR Trackdays Please stay tuned for more updates including session times and more TRACK DATES! To see our trackday schedules please visit w w w . sb r tr ackd ay. co m


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The Yamaha YZF-R15, is one of the popular entry level sports bikes in Southeast Asia, has finally made its arrival to Malaysia, and now has arrived with its third generation model, packed with its styling and racing DNA of its bigger siblings, the R6 and R1 and of course has the spirit of YAMAHA MotoGP factory bike. Under the wave of YAMAHA's R-DNA transformation, the YZF series has a factory-like appearance. Of course, the R15 is no exception. Compared with the previous generation models, the R15 has a big change in appearance. In the past, the design of the double eagle eye headlights changed to LED lights, and shows a sharper and more stunning race appearance. The center has a similar Ram-Air air intake shape, looks quite like the YZF-R6. Right from the front with the lightweight aluminium alloy wheels, combined with the inverted fork front forks (USD) while lower position of the handlebars that makes the riding triangle to a more racy but comfortable. The front tires are also upgraded to 100/80-17 size and the rear 140/70-17 size, further improve the sport performance of the R15. At the rear the R15 has a short and similar tail end like the R1M. With a all new Blue Core engine 155cc SOHC, VVA variable valve mechanism and a newly designed exhaust system, it produces 20 horsepower at 10,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 14.7Nm at 8,500 rpm, surpassing all 150cc bikes. Malaysia has yet seen any rivals in the same class with exception of mopeds with 150cc and Yamaha

own age old FZ150. With the new 6-speed gearbox and slipper clutch, it can be said that it is a total new model and not a FZ150 upgrade nor facelift. The R15 V3.0 is a total transformation inside and outside! The anticipate launch was held the evening before Hong Leong Yamaha Gen Blue Carnival at Batu Kawan Stadium Penang. The surprise of the day was the price announcement of RM11,988, much lower than what we expected.

Engine: 155cc four-stroke, water-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder engine Fuel Sysyem: Electronic Fuel Injection Bore x Stroke ore diameter x stroke: 58 x 58.7mm Compression ratio: 11.6:1 Maximum horsepower: 20ps / 10,000rpm Maximum torque: 14.7Nm / 8,500rpm Transmission mode: 6-speed chain drive, slipper clutch Frame type: Deltabox aluminium alloy casti frame Front suspension: Inverted front fork (USD) Rear suspension: Mono multi-link Front brake: Double piston caliper, 282mm fdisc Rear brake: Single piston caliper 240mm disc Wheelbase: 1,325mm Seat height: 815mm Wet weight: 137kg Price: RM11,988


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Over 600 MT-09/Tracer, MT-10 & MT-07 owners from across Malaysia and Singapore gathered together at Arena Sepang Resort, Tg Sepang Desaru, Johor. The inaugural Mega Darksider Gathering was hosted by Southern MT also know as MTJayBee. Northern MT Series, MT-09 Tracer, Southern MT, The DarkSide JayBee, Central MT, Tracer Sg, MT JayBee Crew, MT-SG Darksiders, The Darkside MT-10 and MT-09 Sg were among the big groups which attended the Mega Gathering. The Yamaha MT series is vastly popular bike among who seek the trills of a torque motorcycle. This mega gathering is foster the new friendship among bikers from 2 countries and sharing experience about rides and even trackday experience. Lucky draws was sponsored by bikers of the respective groups and among the organisers, even Hong Leong Yamaha sponsored KFC vouchers and petrol vouchers to all the participants.


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TRK502 One glance it looks like a German brand but its not, it’s an Italian, it’s a Benelli TRK 502. Whether you’re riding across town or across the country, the TRK is the perfect travelling companion. Comfortable ergonomics, amazing wind and weather protection, capable suspension, and efficient and powerful twin-cylinder engine, you can turn each day into a different adventure, discover new worlds, all without any limitations. Wrapped in a traditional Benelli steel trellis frame is the all new twin-cylinder four- stroke liquid-cooled 500cc, developed by Benelli, with electronic injection, overhead double camshaft timing system, 4 valves per cylinder. The maximum power is 48 CV (35 kW) at 8500 rpm and the torque is of 45 Nm (4,6 kgm) at 4500 rpm, meaning perfect response in all conditions. The suspension offer maximum comfort for rider and passenger, thanks to an adjustable upside down front fork, and at the rear, a swingarm with monoshock. Displaying this is the braking performance, thanks to the two front discs, 320 mm in diameter, and two-piston floating caliper. The rear disc is 260 mm in diameter, and is also gripped by a twin piston caliper. Stability, safety and precision are the key words of this new Benelli TRK 502. So get on a TRK 502. And get away.


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TRK502 This is interesting story about Rider Chris who has completed his solo ride with Benelli TRK502. It is been an amazing journey for him. From the mainstream tourist area to places which are less known, Chris has shown us how amazing these places are. Not only that, he even participated in Iron Butt Challenge, which make him the first person in the world to complete the iron butt challenge riding a Benelli TRK502.


Rider Chris embarked on another solo adventure with Benelli TRK502. This time the journey over 3000km in Borneo.

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An office dispatch boy story! For most of us dispatch boys and who just started working for about 3 months, usually I’m almost broke by the end of the month and I need to service my bike after running on the job errant, I’m also usually short of cash to pay for petrol while waiting for my mileage and petrol claims. Sometimes I ask help from my friends, sometimes I ask help from my family but now they avoid me like a plague. That was then, now, I no longer go hungry nor unable to pay for petrol or service my bike, my bike as well is well maintained so it won’t breakdown while I’m working, all I did was get an Advance Payday Loan from GoodKredit. Previously my bike broke down, and I couldn’t get to deliver the documents for my company, as I haven’t service my bike for some time and working as a dispatch in Klang office, I usually have to ride over 120km a day, every day, back and forth to Kuala Lumpur and Klang. My bike is a Yamaha 125 which also drink up petrol like water as I rush to deliver urgent documents. Last month a colleague of mine introduce me to GoodKredit services and I applied the Advance Payday Loan and within the hour I had the RM400, that I applied for in my account. I used RM200 for the service and lubrication, and the balance for my daily petrol. I truly recommend GoodKredit Malaysia services to those who need urgent cash

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Muhammad Helmi Azman of SCK Rapido Hi Rev Honda Racing continued his sizzling form in Round 2 of the Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSBK); winning his second race for the weekend in the Supersport category and upstaging the more celebrated Malaysia’s Moto3 rider, Muhammad Adam Norrodin. Starting from pole, Helmi again had a perfect start before setting off in a blistering pace to win the 12-lap contest unchallenged to the chequered flag in 26 minutes 44.840 seconds with Adam and New Zealander Liam Taylor MacDonald finishing second and third respectively. Adam, who is currently on MotoGP summer break and taking part in keeping fit for his next race in Brno next weekend, is satisfied with his first-time experience competing on a Supersport machine and is looking for more competitions on the 600cc machine. “I am pleased. I am not here for results; but more on building my stamina for my next race in Brno. The bike I am using is no match to the one used by Helmi actually. Adam, who was also second in Race 1 yesterday. Starting from fifth, Adam started well to move third in the opening lap; but was caught in a tense battle for second with MacDonald for a few laps; before managing to make a smooth maneuver to pass the New Zealand rider. Helmi is also currently leading the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) underbone 150cc class.

SUPERSPORT CHAMPIONSHIP RACE 1 1.Muhammad Helmi Azman (Honda CBR600RR) 27:04.063s 2. Adam Norrodin (Kawasaki ZX6R) 27:10.142s 3. Fakhrusy Syakirin Rostam (Honda CBR600RR) 27:10.331s RACE 2 1.Muhammad Helmi Azman (Honda CBR600RR) 26:44.840s 2. Adam Norrodin (Kawasaki ZX6R) 26:54.876s 3. Liam Taylor MacDonald (Yamaha R6) 27:05.542s


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Former Moto2 rider and ARRC champion, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman of Chia PJ Kawasaki was in awesome form winning Race 1 with a massive 20.035 seconds over second-placed Rajini Krishan of India in a 12-lap contest for the Superbike Championship. Switzerland’s Johanathan Serrapica was a further 13.015 seconds in third place and Race 2 was even massive with 22.074 seconds ahead of Amirul Hafiq, who clocked 26 minutes 35.345 seconds. Switzerland’s Jonathan Serrapica took third place. Azlan had a best lap time of 2 minute 9.680 seconds around the 5,543-meter track Azlan now has a commanding lead in the championship.

SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS – RACE 1 (12 LAPS) 1.Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Kawasaki ZX10R) 26 :11.615s 2. Rajini Krishnan (Yamaha R1) 26 :31.650s 3. Jonathan Serrapica (Yamaha R1) 26 :44.665 SUPERSTOCK CHAMPIONSHIP 1.Azroy Hakeem (Honda CBR) 26:41.678s 2. Amirul Hafiq Azmi (BMW S1000RR) 27:11.800s 3. Sharulnizam Ramli (BMW S1000RR) 27:24.643s RESULTS – RACE 2 (12 LAPS) 1.Azlan Shah (Kawasaki ZX10R) 26:13.271s 2. Amirul Hafiq Azmi (BMW S1000RR) 26:35.345s 3. Jonathan Serrapica (Yamaha R1) 26:39.582s SUPERSTOCK CHAMPIONSHIP 1.Amirul Hafiq Azmi (BMW S1000RR) 26:23.560s 2. Azroy Hakeem (Honda CBR) 26:24.675s 3. Sharulnizam Ramli (BMW S1000RR) 27:20.203s


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Alpinestars most iconic riding boot, worn by a roster of champions past and present, the Supertech R has undergone a series of evolutions to significantly ramp up its performance features even further. New innovations include a newly redesigned compound rubber sole, an update to the ergonomically profiled shin plate and a redesigned front flex area all of which enhancing the podium winning performance of this CE certified boot.

It is a very exclusive model that commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Honda VFR750R, also known as the RC30. If you want to get hold of it, ask for it from authorized dealers and you'll be preparing above RM2500 or more

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Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) increased his World Championship lead while achieving his ninth win in a row at Sachsenring and fifth win from the last seven MotoGP races this season. The 25-year-old reigning World Champion who started from pole positon to win at the German track to

extend his lead in the championship to 46 points. Nine out of nine starts since 2010 stretching from his 125cc days. Marquez finished 2.1s ahead of Valentino Rossi, with Maverick Vinales completed a double podium finish for Yamaha in third.


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2016 Moto3 champion Binder, won his maiden Moto2 at Sachsenring. The Ajo KTM Team rider leapt from 10th on the grid to sixth on the first lap, and then formed a breakaway trio out front with Mir and Luca Marini.. Sky VR46 rider Marini the half-brother of Valentino Rossi, who started second-placed on the grid slot into an early lead, followed by fellow front row starters Mattia Pasini and Francesco Bagnaia, but Passi crashed exiting the final corner on the second lap, while points leader Bagnaia was forced on to the gravel in avoidance, dropping down towards the rear.


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“First of all, I want to say thank you very much to my crew, because they made a really good job on my setting. We came back in FP4 after we went a bit in the wrong direction in FP3. I felt like in the beginning of the season and honestly, I think this track is really tricky, but I scored very strong points. I could stay with the group of Johann, but then suddenly the rear tyre had a big drop. I tried to understand and manage as good as possible, this is part of my learning experience. Eleventh was the best I could get at the moment. I tried to come back stronger after some difficult rounds and now we are best rookie again before the summer break. I try to keep my physical condition consistent, try to train hard in the break and don’t lose the focus, because I want the Rookie of the Year title.”


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Red Bull KTM Factory rider Jeffrey Herlings is the ultimate professional. Great with his sponsors, the media and his fans it is little surprise that his fan base is growing fast. A winner worldwide, on any track and under any conditions. Most people believe the Flying Dutchman to be the best rider in the World at the moment, and it is hard to argue that point. Something that has really given Herlings a lot of pleasure is racing in countries like Indonesia, Argentina and USA, and in the next couple of months he might head to America to race for his country, Holland, in the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations. His fan base in Indonesia is rather surprising, and even while on holidays in Bali after the second Indonesian GP, I was asked a few times, by locals, what my opinion was of Jeffrey Herlings. So wellknown is the three-time motocross world champion. It is also something that hasn’t gotten lost to the Dutch rider. “I think it is really good (how well MXGP is known in Asia),” Herlings said. “ Youthstream and the Luongo family are running it. Youthstream are doing a really good job with the championship and it is always growing. Obviously, it is a big calendar with 20 races and it’s hard for some teams to make all the

rounds, but if you look how big the sport has gotten since Giuseppe and Youthstream, it’s just amazing. If you look at the World scene, how it’s developed, it’s simply been growing every year and getting bigger and bigger, but if you look at the main thing, it’s making the sport awesome and they are doing a really good job.” Herlings also knows that his current team, the Red Bull KTM Factory team are working just as hard as Youthstream to continue to improve the sport and break barriers Worldwide. “I think KTM is really strong, look at MXGP and MX2 here. I have a contract until the end of 2020, and they have an option on me for 2021. The rumours that I’m negotiating with other manufacturers are not true. I am super happy with KTM and have been there for 10 years and they are like family, guys like Pit I mean. I can tell you for sure the next three years I am with them, and it would be hard to leave them.” So now Herlings will head to Lommel, Belgium, a place a lot closer to home than Indonesia, and his fan base of course a lot bigger. What Herlings will continue to remember though is the sport is growing fast and his effort are also helping improve its growth. Author: Geoff Meyer


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23-year-old Jeffrey Herlings continues to do things nobody expected. After breaking his collarbone a month ago, it was expected he would limp through the two rounds in Indonesia and head to Loket in the Czech Republic without the red plate. Instead he went 2-1-1-1 and extended his lead over Antonio Cairoli to 24 points. The tough Dutchman was as surprised as anyone to take two more Grand Prix victories, and make it 77 GP wins in his career, but no doubt his mental approach and determined mentality got him home. Flying home to Holland on Sunday night there is no doubt the three time World MX2 champion was smiling ear to ear. “It is awesome” Herlings said. “I never expected to win, crashing before Ottobiano, and when I saw I had a bad crack and I had surgery and before Indonesia I couldn’t even lift my arm, I wasn’t sure if I could race, but I went home with 97 points and it’s a dream come true. We didn’t lose points but gained some. It wasn’t my normal speed or normal Jeffrey Herlings, but I hadn’t ridden for nearly a month. I am looking forward to Loket, it isn’t my favourite track, but it’s a nice atmosphere. I go to the doctor and see if my collarbone is okay and I didn’t bend the plate. I want to train again, and we have a Dutch race next weekend, but first I need to

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see if the plate is okay. Going 1-1-1 for the Saturday and Sunday in Semarang last weekend, really boosted the Red Bull KTM Factory rider’s confidence and knowing he can handle his rivals even with a major injury must give him a lot of joy heading into Loket in 10 days’ time. “I don't think we could have dreamt of these results. We came to Indonesia totally unprepared but to go 2-1 last week and then even better today – with the Qualification Heat and both races – is absolutely awesome. We couldn't have wished for anything better. As I said, this is not the ‘normal’ Jeffrey Herlings yet but to leave Indonesia with two GP wins is a blessing. Red Bull KTM have done such an incredible job and I loved spending all this time with them. The team gave me a perfect bike and I would not be winning without them.” So now let’s see what Herlings can do around the rock-hard Loket circuit, a circuit he has enjoyed good results, but for sure not a circuit like Lommel (the following round), where he is expecting to win easily. As far as his toughness, it might take a rifle to stop the Dutchman from taking his fourth Motocross World Championship in 2018, because at the moment, he is seemingly unbeatable.


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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jonny Walker has finished third at the 2018 Red Bull Romaniacs – round four of the World Enduro Super Series – to retain his position at the top of the championship standings. KTM rider Manuel Lettenbichler finished as runner-up in what was a truly gruelling event. The 15th running of the ‘world’s toughest hard enduro rallye’ was held in extremely difficult conditions following heavy rainfall, both during the run-up to the event and during the early stages of the race. With an already challenging course becoming even more tricky, the race tested all riders to their maximum. The traditional prologue held on the streets of Sibiu threw up the usual array of man-made obstacles, boardwalks and water hazards. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Taddy Blazusiak fought his way through to claim third, closely followed by Lettenbichler and team-mate Walker. With the results of the prologue deciding the start order for Off Road Day 1, it was Blazusiak who set off first into the wilderness of the very wet Carpathian Mountains. An early mistake caused the former Endurocross champion to crash and injure his shoulder. It was then Germany’s Lettenbichler, South African Wade Young and Jonny Walker who would lead the Gold class riders to the finish. Walker placed as runner-up on Off Road Day 2 after close to six hours of riding, with Lettenbichler third.

On day three, those results were reversed with Walker troubled by an injury to his knee yet still placing third, 30 minutes ahead of the fourth placed rider. With most riders declaring the event as the toughest in its 15-year history, skill and stamina separated the elite from the rest of the Gold class competitors. On the fourth and final day, competitors faced another long stage – the leaders taking approximately five hours to complete the route before attacking the famous final hill at the finish near Sibiu. With only seconds separating Young and Lettenbichler right up to the final few checkpoints, and with Walker just minutes behind in third, there was everything to play for. Manuel ultimately won the day, but his time wasn’t quite enough to take the overall win. Walker cleaned the final hill to claim third for the day and secure third in the overall results, earning himself valuable WESS championship points to retain his series lead. Results – 2018 Red Bull Romaniacs 1. Wade Young (RSA), Sherco, 26:03:15 2. Manuel Lettenbichler (GER), KTM, +2:15 3. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, +36:07


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What started as a small talk between friends to trail ride during weekends has now become one of the most anticipated off-road adventure bike events in the region. GIVI Rimba Raid Mat Daling 2018 kicked off at Xcape Kuala Tahan Resort with registration and scrutineering of over 120 participants from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, China, France, Britain, Australia and even Italy. It used to be only Malaysian and Singaporean affair. With support of international brands such as BMW, KTM, Ducati, Triumph, Kawasaki, Luminox, Pirelli and Red Bull, GIVI is in good company to be slated as title sponsor for this fifth edition. The high calibre twin-cylinder “adventure” bikes of which many compete here has been one of the most important segments for GIVI. The world over sales of such models has been surging tremendously. Machines such as BMW’s R1200GS and GS Adventure, F800GS, F700GS & F650GS, KTM’s 690 Enduro, 990 Adventure, 1190R Adventure & 1290 Super Adventure R, Triumph Tiger 800, the Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, the mighty

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KAWASAKI ALWAYS CLOSE TO YOU, JOHOR BAHRU ROADSHOW O ver 3 days, 2500 visitors to the Kawasaki Always Close To You Roadshow at Pasir Gudang Complex, The public was given the opportunity to test ride Kawasaki motorcycles and feel the agility, performance, handling and ergonomics of the Kawasaki machines. Over 200 Lucky draws prizes were given out over the period of 3 days of the roadshow For more Kawasaki Always Close To You Roadshow, look out for more information at Kawasaki Motors Malaysia Facebook or at www.kawasaki.com.my


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