Our favourite Orange-liveried bikes brand’s Malaysian CKD arm announced earlier today the start of its new KTM 390 Duke Battle one-make series.
Organised by KTM Malaysia CKD, the new one-make series has also garnered the support from the Malaysian Ministry of Youth & Sports (Kemterian Belia & Sukan – KBS), the Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM), and the KTM Superfans. The inaugural season starts this year with eight state rounds planned.
Here are the dates and venues of said eight rounds.
Round 1 – April 19 & 20 – MIMC, Ayer Keroh, Malacca
Round 2 – May 24 &25 – Sultan Abu Bakar Track, Pekan, Pahang
Round 3 – June 13 & 14 – UUM Sintok Track, Kedah
Round 4 – September 6 & 7 – venue TBA, Selangor
Round 5 – September 27 & 28 – venue TBA, Sabah
Round 6 – October 17 & 18 – SPM Track, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
Round 7 – November 1 & 2 – Litar Dato’ Sagor, Kampung Gajah, Perak
Round 8 – November 21 & 22 – MPDRM Bakri, Muar, Johore
Final – December 13 & 14 – Sepang
With the series, KTM Malaysia CKD aims to kerb the rising “Mat Rempit” problems amongst Malaysian youths. More importantly, the series will also act as a proving and development ground for future riding talents. With KTM Malaysia CKD investing roughly RM1.5million into this program for 2014, things definitely look very enticing.
Mechanics – Rules & Regulations
The KTM 390 Duke Battle 2014 is in fact open to all interested riders between the ages of 18 to 40. Eligible riders can register by downloading and submitting the entry form via the series’ dedicated site at dukebattle.ktmmalaysiackd.com.
Only 15 riders will be chosen for each race and registration is open to both KTM owners and non-owners alike, but priority will be given to the former first. Given the limited spaces, participants will be selected on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. Selected riders will also need to be in possession of an MAM racing license that can be applied during race weekends (MAM Day Pass).
Selected riders will only need front an RM300 deposit for the registration that will be refunded upon completing a race weekend. Besides that, there are no other charges as KTM Malaysia CKD will provide riders at each race with the complete package – KTM 390 Duke race bikes, full racing suits, gloves, boots, and helmets.
Prizes and Rewards
Besides trophies, top three race finishers will also be rewarded with cash prizes worth RM700 for First Place, RM500 for Second Place, and RM300 for Third Place. Additionally, First and Second Place winners from each of the eight races will be eligible to participate in the series’ Final Round in December.
The final 16 riders selected from the eight rounds will compete in a final round, each vying to win the series’ grand prizes. At this stage, the Third Place winner will be rewarded with KTM PowerParts and PowerWear vouchers worth RM1,000 whilst the Second Place winner will take home KTM PowerParts and PowerWear vouchers worth RM2,000.
KTM Malaysia CKD will reward the winner of the Final Round with a brand new KTM Duke 200 (non-ABS) supermoto worth RM16,798 OTR.
More information, as well as details of the series’ rules and regulations are available at dukebattle.ktmmalaysiackd.com. Alternatively, you could also receive updates KTM Malaysia CKD’s official Facebook Page.
KTM 390 Duke Battle 2014 Malaysia Launch gallery