Malaysian Supermoto Championship: Gabit dominates Round Two

Gabit waving the Malaysian flag after winning the race (Image credit: MSMC)

Round 2 of the 2017 Malaysian Supermoto Championship (MSMC) was dominated by Muhamad Habibullah bin Mohd Saleh aka “Gabit” who took the spot in the SM Open category with his KTM.

Mohamad Khairi Zakaria aka “Hairy” (#32) and Mohamad Khuzaini bin Mahmood (#47) completed the podium spots for both races in the SM Open category.

With Gabit emerging as the clear winner of Round 2, he is also given an automatic entry into one of the upcoming regional races in the 2017 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship.

Left to right: Satheswaran Mayachandran, CEO of Asia Supersports Group; Tuan Haji Anuar bin Mhd Juri, General Manager of KL Tourism Bureau; Ahmad Daniel Haiqal; Khairy Zakaria; Muhamad Habibullah Mohd Saleh; Muhamad Khuzaini Mahmood; Pedro Wuner; Datuk Rizalman bin Dato’ Mokhtar, City Advisory Board Member of Kuala Lumpur; and Andrew Ching, CEO of E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd. (Image credit: MSMC)
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It was a hot and humid day for the second round of the 2017 Malaysian Supermoto Championship (MSMC) which was held last weekend at the Taman Tasik Permaisuri, Cheras.

Gabit leading with Khairy tailing close behind (Image credit: MSMC)

The weather however did not stop the supermoto riders from going full gas especially for one Muhamad Habibullah bin Mohd Saleh aka “Gabit” who once again took the spot in the SM Open category with his KTM.

Left: Mohamad Khuzaini bin Mahmood (#47)

It was an amazing race between Gabit and the other two podium finishers yesterday, Mohamad Khairi Zakaria aka “Hairy” (#32) and Mohamad Khuzaini bin Mahmood (#47) as all three of them filled the podiums for both races in the SM Open category. It was a close competition between the top two riders as Hairy crossed the line behind Gabit just 0.403 seconds in Race 1 and 2.738 seconds in Race 2.

Mohamad Khairi Zakaria aka “Hairy” (#32)

“Moto 1 was difficult with an injured wrist, but the focus was on the title. The track can be considered as an easy track, but the pain took a toll on me. However, the crowd’s cheer gave me confidence to win the championship title. Hairy was a strong contender on track with a chance to win the race. I believe that both of us have learnt a lot today that can be used in the regional championship.” said Gabit.

With Gabit emerging as the clear winner of Round 2, he is also given an automatic entry into one of the upcoming regional races in the 2017 FIM Asia Supermoto Championship. Below are yesterday’s top five finishers of the SM Open class for both Race 1 and Race 2.

Pos Bike No. Name Moto 1 Total Moto 1 Total Time Moto 1 Total Points Moto 2 Total Laps Moto 2 Total Time Moto 2 Total Score Round 2 Total Points
Laps
1 1 Muhd  Habibullah bin Mohd Saleh 19 11:22.0 25 20 11:43.0 25 50
2 32 Mohammad Khairi bin Zakaria 19 11:22.4 22 20 11:45.7 22 40
3 47 Mohamad Khuzaini bin Mahmood 18 11:23.8 20 19 12:10.1 18 38
4 99 Ahmad Daniel Haiqal 16 11:24.5 16 19 12:03.7 20 36
5 7 Pedro Wuner 18 11:41.5 18 18 12:10.1 16 34
Ahmad Daniel Haiqal (#99)

Another young rider making quite a name for himself was Ahmad Daniel Haiqal (#99) who was declared the winner of the SM Novice class. The 18-year-old rider also emerged as the second runner-up and fourth place for the SM CKD and SM Open class respectively.

The 2017 MSMC series consists of five classes – SM Open, SM Novice, SM CKD Open, SM CKD and SM Veteran. Participants are required to obtain an official license by AAM to compete in any of the categories.

For more information, visit MSMC’s Facebook page at Malaysian SuperMoto Championship or Instagram.

MSMC Round 2 Gallery

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