Wednesday, January 7

MALAYSIANS HEAD TO SPAIN

Malaysia will have three riders competing in the Moto3 class in this year’s CEV Spanish Championship.
Petronas will continue their involvement with Ramdan Rosli as their representative while Honda Asia Dream Cup champion Khairul Idham Pawi will ride for Honda Team Asia.
The third Malaysian will come from the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup (SAATC) development series, which is backed by Dorna – the organisers and rights holder of the Spanish Championship.
The championship will start in Portimao, Portugal, on April 26. The 12-race championships end in Valencia on November 15.
Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali said Dorna is in the process of setting up a Moto3 team to compete in the championship.
“They (Dorna) are looking to enter three bikes with two Japanese and one Malaysian to race for the team next year.  We haven’t discussed the details yet, but we are expecting more information from them soon,” said Razlan.
It will be some sort of a coup for the SIC as they will no longer be directly involved in sponsoring the riders to compete in the championship.  Last year,  Sepang circuit sponsored Adam Norrodin and Hafiza Rofa to race in the championship under the SIC-Ajo banner.
Meanwhile, the SAATC will begin its second edition at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, from March 20-22.  Twelve races will be held with the final event at the SIC from October 23-25, the weekend of the Malaysian MOtoGP round.