Kuala Tahan

The excitement is brewing as the highly anticipated GIVI Rimba Raid Taman Negara returns for 2023.

  • The off-road competition for large capacity adventure and dual-purpose motorcycles is set to kick-off on 31st August 2023 at Kuala Tahan, Pahang, and will be the 8th Edition of this thrilling series.
  • The event is already shaping up to be grander than ever before, boasting a record-breaking number of participants and diverse representation from 25 nationalities.

With 270 participants, 32 Race Teams, and 19 unique brands of manufacturers, the GIVI Rimba Raid Taman Negara 2023 promises to be an unforgettable experience for both riders and spectators alike.

Among the participants, 20 daring female riders (there was only one female competitor last year) from 6 countries will join their 250 male competitors, all vying for the honor of conquering the challenging 220km route surrounding the ancient 130-million-year-old rainforest in Taman Negara Kuala Tahan (National Park). The Jungle Rally will take racers through long-abandoned trails, crossing through primary and secondary rainforests, along with numerous hills, mountains, and river crossings.

The event will feature several iconic obstacles along the route, such as the renowned “Bukit Tobat,” the formidable “Cerun Neraka,” the challenging Tembeling Sandbank, and the infamous “Gate of Despair.” These obstacles test the mettle of even the most seasoned riders, contributing to the event’s allure and excitement.

In 2022, only 40% of the participants managed to complete the demanding trail, with 99 out of 242 riders reaching the finish line. However, this year, organisers are anticipating an increased success rate of 65% as competitors have been engaging in early training on similar trails, improving their mental and physical states.

Additionally, many participants have upgraded their motorcycles to better tackle the challenges, adopting a more aggressive and competitive attitude.

The GIVI Rimba Raid Taman Negara 2023 has not only attracted individual racers but has also given rise to the “Road to Rimba Raid” selection competitions held by various sponsors worldwide.

Motorcycle manufacturers have also capitalised on the event’s popularity by organising their own peripheral events and riding clinics with similar classifications and rules. Notably, the KTM Road to Rimba Raid selection process held in 8 countries provides winning racers with the opportunity to participate in the GIVI Rimba Raid event using the famed KTM 790 Adventure R.

The grid will feature a comprehensive assortment of motorcycles, divided into three distinct classes based on engine capacities:

  • MasterClass A: Adventure/dual-purpose (series production) motorcycles with multi-cylinder engines above 1000cc.
  • Class B: Adventure/dual-purpose (series production) motorcycles with multi-cylinder engines between 250cc and 999cc.
  • Class C: Single-cylinder series production motorcycles of 250cc and above.

The GIVI Rimba Raid Taman Negara 2023 boasts an impressive lineup of 53 participants in MasterClass A, 66 in Class B, and a whopping 151 in Class C.

Meanwhile, Class B will feature an intense battle between the Yamaha Ténéré 700 and the KTM 790 Adventure R, with KTM determined to dethrone the reigning champion from last year’s podiums.

With 119 multi-cylinder large capacity adventure motorcycles already confirmed, and the possibility of 20 last-minute joiners, Class C, limited to 150 participants, has an additional 60 participants on the waitlist, making it one of the most successful rally races of its kind, regionally or even globally.

Notably, the GIVI Rimba Raid series stands out for its exclusive use of series production motorcycles, ensuring that the competition remains accessible to riders and does not rely on expensive one-off purpose-built prototypes. This setup also serves as a proving ground for motorcycle manufacturers, putting various motorcycles through their paces in a real-world environment, thus showcasing their strengths and weaknesses.

The popularity of the event was evident as race slots for GIVI Rimba Raid Taman Negara 2023 were filled within a week of the announcement, with Class C slots snapped up within just 45 minutes of registration opening. Foreign participants, especially from far-flung countries like Canada, Russia, and Colombia, confirmed their attendance early on to ensure a smooth and trouble-free race effort.

Thailand is emerging as a strong contender to watch, having dominated the top spots in various classes during the 2022 edition. This year, Thai racers are even more prepared and determined to maintain their supremacy, though there could be surprise podium threats from selected riders representing various ASEAN countries, chosen through KTM Asia’s Qualifier Events.

GIVI Rimba Raid returns for 2022, which saw Taman Negara, Kuala Tahan, as the chosen battleground for the world’s largest adventure motorcycle race. 

  • 2022 GIVI Rimba Raid witnessed the largest participation with 241 competitors.
  • Only 99 riders managed to complete the 158km trail. 
  • 60 motorcycles were stuck in the jungle by 8pm. 

Rimba Raid is the only platform that allows you to enjoy the big bore adventure bikes battling against one another in the most hardcore off-road condition. 

The 2019 GIVI Rimba Raid edition witnessed Malaysian racer Gabit Salleh claim victory in the Class A race, riding on board his KTM 1050 Adventure.

However, the 2022 edition saw a total domination by Thailand in three of the four categories up for grabs, including clocking the overall fastest time on the 158 kilometer trail, among the 223 competitors.

  • Class C – Enduro Rally (single-cylinder 250cc to 800cc enduro motorcycles) 

Malaysian rider Mohd Zulkarnain Tahir took home the winners medal after emerging as the first rider to arrive at the finished line in 3 hours, 4 minutes, and 37.312s on his KTM 300 EX/C. 

Mohd Zulkarnain had a 10-minute lead ahead of Thailand’s Chiapuek Sangaroon (KTM 350 EX/C-F). Singapore’s Kelvin Chia completes the podium with 3h 19m10.901s. 

  • Class C – DP Rally (single-cylinder 250cc to 800cc) adventure motorcycles)

Thailand’s Traiphop Boonthang shocked the crowd after he crossed the finish line in under 3 hours onboard his Honda CRF250 Rally ahead of fellow countrymen Manop Abdulkareee (3h 11m44.030s) and Canadian Dustin Richardson (3h 20m40.660s).


  • Class B (multi-cylinder 250cc to 999cc adventure motorcycles)

Class B category showcased a clean sweep by the Thais, with Saphon Somroop clocking the fastest time of just 2h 51m28.300s ahead of Suradet Taweelap and Charod Khumchat. 


Interestingly, all three riders’ weapon of choice is the Yamaha Tenere 700. Sadly, it’s not available in Malaysia. 

  • Class A – The Premier Class (1000cc and above adventure/dual-purpose motorcycles)

The Class A category is the cream of the crop as it puts riders and their chosen big-bore adventure bikes to the test.

Surprisingly, the Honda CRF1000L/CRF11000L Africa Twin has proven to be the most capable adventure as all the Top 3 finishers crossed the line with the said motorcycle. 

Thailand’s Theera Putta claimed the winners medal with 3h 8m47.710s ahead of Pisanu Chimma and Malaysian Alan Ng. 

Alan took home the third spot with his brand-new Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin. 


  • Only 99 out of 223 competing riders managed to complete the race. 
  • More than 60 motorcycles were stuck on the 158km trail by 8 pm.
  • 2022 GIVI Rimba Raid witnessed the largest participation ever since its inception in 2015.
  • 2022 Rimba Raid is the largest international participation in Malaysia, next to the Malaysian MotoGP.

 Meanwhile, Malaysian riders vowed to return with better results to salvage national pride, and we are already hyped up with the prospect of Malaysia vs Thailand and the world in the next edition of GIVI Rimba Raid.

While some owners tends to unnecessarily  accessorised their big bore adventure bikes just so it looks good in front of a ridiculously priced coffee shop on a Sunday morning, there are those who are actually taking their ADV bike for its actual purpose, going on a proper adventure.

  • 230 riders from 13 countries will endure a more than 200km of deep rainforest jungle. 
  • XCape Resort, Kuala Tahan, returns as host for the 2022 edtion after successfully hosting the 2018 edition. 

This is one of many reasons why Rimba Raid is born, to gather every adventure bike riders  around the world to compete against one another for the ultimate prize, being the best enduro rider of the competition. 

Also, it gives you the honour to tell others that your bike is probably the best ADV bike available in the market.

That said, the 2022 Rimba Raid Taman Negara will witness the battle between big-bore adventure motorcycle, including BMW R 1200/1250 GS(A), Honda CRF1000/1100 Africa Twin, KTM 1050/1190/1290 Adventure/Super Adventure and Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere.

Interestingly, this time around, there is a new competitor in town, the 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 will also try to get a piece of the action. 

Also making its first appearance at Rimba Raid is the Moto Morini XCape 650, WMOTO SX300 and Fantic Caballero 500. 

A total of 230 riders from 13 countries will set foot in Kuala Tahan, including riders from Malaysia, Colombia, Canada, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, Vietnam, Poland, USA, UK, Indonesia, Netherlands and Italy. The 2022 edition also welcomes four female riders, Elissa Airin (Malaysia), Shamira Azhar (Malaysia), Cherie Tan (Singapore) and Kanthaphat Kitisophonchodiran (Thailand). 

The 2022 Rimba Raid will kickstart on 24th September 2022 at XCape Resort, Kuala Tahan, Pahang who is the main host of the race, after successfully hosting the 2018 edition. 

Rimba Raid akan kembali bagi edisi 2022 yang akan berlangsung pada 24 September ini.

Bertempat di XCape Resort, sebagai tuan rumah Rimba Raid 2022, edisi kali ini akan berlangsung di Kuala Tahan, Taman Negara, Pahang dan bakal menyaksikan penyertaan seramai 230 pelumba daripada 13 negara termasuk Malaysia, Columbia, Kanada, Thailand, Singapura, Australia, Vietnam, Polan, Amerika Syarikat, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Belanda dan Itali. 

Edisi 2022 bakal menyaksikan pelumba menempuh jarak lebih 200km ‘off-road’ menempuh hutan hujan tropika dengan hampir kesemuanya berlangsung didalam kawasan Hutan Simpan dan Taman Negara, Pahang. 

Menariknya, daripaad 230 peserta, empat daripadanya adalah pelumba wanita yang terdiri daripada Elissa Airin (Malaysia), Shamira Azahar (Malaysia), Cherie Tan (Singapura) dan Kanthaphat Kitisophonchodiran (Thailand).

Sementara itu, aksi Rimba Raid 2022 kali ini juga akan menyaksikan pertembungan menarik daripada beberapa jenama dan model motosikal.

Tahun ini akan menyaksikan penyertaan beberapa model baharu, antaranya Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250, Moto Morini XCape 650, WMOTO SX300, dan Fantic Caballero 500. 

Kesemua empat model baharu itu akan turun berentap dengan 32 unit BMW GS, sembilan Honda Africa Twin, 19 KTM dan dua Triumph Scrambler. Angka tersebut hanya babitkan Class A (1000cc ke atas). 

Untuk mengikuti senarai penuh penyertaan 230 pelumba sila KLIK SINI. 

Rimba Raid ‘Taman Negara’ 2022 akan berlangsung di Kuala Tahan pada 24 September ini. 


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