The first week of the KBS MiniGP Academy started off with quite a huge turnout as young and eager talents in the two-wheel motorsports industry showcased their skills. 40 of these talented young riders were handpicked to join the program where their month-long intensive training will commence at the Tangkak Racing Track located in Johor.
Every weekend, these selected bunch of riders will need to attend and complete the syllabus in order to improve their skills off and on the track. The program also provides specific racing gears for Malaysia’s future of two-wheels motorsports racing to show their commitment to developing this particular division that has been thriving in the past few years.
Several classes were conducted for these junior riders with the hopes that they’ll become professional motorsports athletes and further cementing the Malaysian name in the world of motorcycle racing. These include communication training, handling of media, racing ethics, and many more.
Providing a complete start-up platform is a key goal of KBS (Ministry of Youth & Sports) in order to fully develop these young talents into respected Malaysian motorsports icons of the future. The program is also intended to be a step-up platform for them to gain as much knowledge, skills, and support from different parties, locally and internationally.
It’s definitely good to see the government’s involvement into the grassroots of motorsports here in Malaysia which many have said to be neglected in the recent past. With amazing examples from the likes of Hafizh Syahrin, Malaysia’s first MotoGP rider, and Azlan Shah, ARRC’s first Asian Superbike Champion, we know for a fact that Malaysians are talented. Our hope is that programs such as this can help to direct them towards reaching their goals of motorsports racing. Kudos, KBS!