FIM Asia Supermoto 2017, with top riders from 10 countries, reaches central Java, Indonesia this weekend with Round 2 at Park Mall, Solo Baru, Sukoharjo.
It follows an explosive opening to the championship at Thailand Circuit Motorsport Complex, in which Britain’s Lewis Cornish trounced the rest of the field to take a convincing double win from 2015 champion, Trakarn Thangtong and Dutch veteran, Marcel van Drunen.
It was a disappointing start for reigning champion, Mohammed Habibullah, or Gabit, as he is widely known. After finishing third in Moto 1, he had a crash in Moto 2 which left him with a front brake problem that caused him to overshoot the first dirt section at the start of the final lap. That earned him a 30 second penalty and left him in fourth place overall, so the 26 year-old Malaysian goes into Round 2 determined to make up lost ground. Gabit’s compatriot, Khairi Zakaria was one of several riders whose performances could make them a threat to the early leaders this weekend, along with Kenneth San Andres of Philippines, Japanese duo, Naoto Takayama and Takashi Sasaki and Indonesia’s Farhan Hendra.
While ‘Flying Dutchman’ Marcel van Drunen is absent for this round, Australian Michael Kirkness makes a welcome return to the championship, after taking an impressive second place at the opening round in 2016. There is also interest around the entry of Sangeeth Suriyage, who joins a wave of Sri Lankan motorcycle racers currently taking strides in international championships.
This round features Supermoto in its purest form, being run on a track marked out in the car park behind the Park Mall. Given the renowned enthusiasm of Indonesian fans for motorcycle racing and the easy accessibility of the venue, huge crowds are expected over the weekend and will provide a boost to the performances of home riders, Farhan and Pedro Wuner. Fans will be further drawn on Saturday night by top Indonesian rock band, KOTAK, together with support acts and DJs.
The action will be streamed live on www.twenty3.tv which is powered by E-Plus Global.