After a thrilling season opener in Thailand, the FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship 2018 turns its attention to the second round in the Philippines this September. A first for the Championship, the round will be staged at the iconic Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park located in the heart of the capital city of Manila from 7 to 9 September.
Speaking about the upcoming round, Andrew Ching: Chief Executive Officer of E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd, promoter and organiser of the FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship. “We are really honoured to bring back the FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship to the Philippines again this season after a year’s hiatus! To have the round at what is considered to be the original home of two-wheel motor racing in the country – the iconic location of the Quirino Grandstand in Manila is going to be amazing for the riders, teams and fans to experience. We would like to thank the Department of Tourism (DOT), the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), and the Moto Tourism Council (MTC) for this incredible opportunity. With the competition already heating up following a stunning season opener in August, we can expect the riders to give it their all at the round, giving Philippine racing enthusiasts and fans something to look forward to!”
Featuring a line up of some of Asia’s best talents, the race for the FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship 2018 title is proving to be a hotly contested affair. With two Philippine riders on this season’s grid, Mark Reggie A. Flores and Kenneth San Andres will both be looking to leverage on home ground advantage at the round in their bid to be ranked amongst Asia’s best. Meanwhile, following his near-perfect performance with two wins at the Thai season opener, Denmark’s Simon Vilhelmsen will be looking to build on his championship and Best International Rider title bid at the Philippine round. Ranked fourth in the world, the Dane will face stiff competition from the United Kingdom’s SuperMoto star, Lewis Cornish who will be looking to bounce back in Manila after poor health undermined his race in Thailand.
“The FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship has been experiencing exponential growth over the past three seasons on the back of the healthy growth of motorcycle racing in Asia in general. To be able to stage a round of the Championship at the country’s most famous landmark of the Quirino Grandstand is a definite boost in our ongoing and continued motorsports development efforts in the Philippines. By working with our local entity, E-Plus Event Management Philippines, Inc. and local partner, Plug we are able to bring motorsports closer to the public and the high level of competition with the quality of top international riders coming through means we can look forward to an action-packed weekend of SuperMoto action this September,” added Ching.
Proceedings for the second round of the FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship 2018 will commence on Friday, 7 September with practice sessions, followed by Qualifying and SuperChrono sessions on Saturday, 8 September. The Moto 1 and Moto2 races will take place on Sunday, 9 September.
Supported by the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT), the Philippine National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) and the Moto Tourism Council (MTC), the second round of the FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship 2018 season at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila will be streamed live through its OTT channel partners, twenty3.tv and twowheels.tv. More information on the FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship is available at www.supermotoasia.com and at www.facebook.com/FIMAsiaSupermoto
From the Philippines, the FIM Asia SuperMoto Championship 2018 will head to Kupang City, East Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia for Round 3 from 26 to 28 October followed by Round 4 at Singapore’s KF1 Circuit in Kranji from 23 to 25 November. The season finale round will take place in Malaysia from 30 November to 2 December.