The 2017 FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship moves to Indonesia

With the completion of the curtain raiser at the Thailand Circuit Motorsport Complex on 2 and 3 September 2017, the 2017 FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship moves to Manahan Stadium in Central Java, Indonesia for the second round of the championship season on 14 and 15 October 2017 which was original scheduled for 7 and 8 October 2017.

“Our inception into Indonesia last year was a success with tens and thousands of spectators witnessing the biggest and hottest SuperMoto race in Asia. I believe that our location at Manahan Stadium this year will increase the already outstanding number of turnouts for the race. I am also pleased that the Mayor of Surakarta, Mr. Francis Xavier Hadi Rudyatmo, has given his full blessings for us to host the race in his city,” said Satheswaran Mayachandran, CEO of Asia Supersports Group.

Manahan Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia which had hosted few of the biggest sporting events in Southeast Asia, namely the 2011 ASEAN ParaGames. With a capacity of 35,000 spectators and a strategic location in the city centre, the stadium’s vicinity will be transformed into an area for the SuperMoto showdown by top riders across the world.

Team Smart Samarinda D’Jagung’s Farhan Hendro #162 and Pedro Wuner #7 will represent Indonesia in the championship. Both riders showed stunning performance in the opening round at Thailand by securing their spots at the top 10 of the overall standing. Newcomer Farhan has proven to be a rising star in the championship with his daring riding skills, while Pedro’s experience can lead him to top the Indonesia round at home.

The opening race at Thailand Circuit Motorsport Complex on 2 and 3 September 2017, saw some great and not-so-great rides by the riders with some flying through the triple dirt section and long straights but held back the rest with under expectation performance on the track. United Kingdom’s Lewis Cornish, Thailand’s Trakarn Thangthong and the Netherlands’ Marcel Van Drunen took the top position with high flying performance across the track despite the changes in condition on the dirt track.

The threatening weather from a scorching sun to a cloudy weather and a torrential downpour at night turns the tide as riders braved through the rutted dirt track without a full understanding of the dirt’s condition. With a 4:6 ratio of dirt track against tarmac, the off-road section became the game changer of the championship.

The FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship is one of the championship in Asia that has uplifted the status of SuperMoto in the region. The 2017 FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship grand finale will be held on 16 and 17 December 2017 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The 2017 FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship season will be streamed live on twenty3.tv powered by E-Plus Global, an Over-The-Top platform that provides HD Live Streaming and Video-on-Demand (VOD) for every round of the championship.

For more information, visit www.supermotoasia.com or watch the race live for free in HD on www.twenty3.tv powered by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd.