Tuesday, March 29, 2011

VIDEO: Petronas AAM Cub Prix enters 18th season in style

Nation’s premier motorsports series continues to attract fans and sponsors

What started out as a weekend race for enthusiasts and young riders letting off steam has become the best organized professional racing series in Malaysia and this year national oil company, Petronas renewed their support for this important motorsport series.

While other racing series are struggling to find competitors, the Petronas AAM Cub Prix has 27 teams fielding 83 riders in the various categories, an increase of six teams from last year.

General Manager of Petronas Motorsports, Anita Azrina Abdul Aziz said that the season marks the 9th year of their association with the series which has grown into a key stage for uncovering, nurturing and developing new talents in motorsports.

She said that the increasing number of riders taking part is just one proof of the series’ potential in developing motorsports in Malaysia.

“The evolution of all the different categories has also allowed the championship to unearth some of the country’s best young talents on two wheels.

She said that the continued participation of motorcycle manufacturers has played a key role in developing the championship, especially through the popular one-make series which are not as costly for younger riders to participate in.

“Petronas has renewed the title partnership because it fits perfectly with our own objectives. As a business, our associations with Cub Prix provided us with a solid platform to position and market our fuels and lubricants.

“Through the championship we have been able to grow the brands, makint it synonymous with cub prix racing, this is why we continue to support this championship,” she said.

Event promoter, Safe Aim Mutual promotions director, Ron Hogg said that the increase in number of teams will help stimulate rider growth.

“2010 was a good year for the championship with young riders like 16-year old Syahrin Abdullah taking the CP130 crown, 14-year old Mohd Ramdan Mohd Rosli winning the CP115 class and Mohd Adib Rosley, 16 clinching the Wira title.

“Young riders taking control and smashing records in 2010 made it a game-changing season that will force existing riders to step up their game but we are still far from achieving the goal of producing a sizeable pool of talent and not  just a handful of riders,” Hogg said.

Meanwhile Automobile Association of Malaysia chairman, Tunku Datuk Muzaffar Mustapha said that Petronas AAM Cub Prix had elevated the sport of motorcycle racing to the forefront of the Malaysian sporting arena.

“I am glad to say that despite the high profile and commercial success, it remains grounded in achieving its objectives and continues to look after the needs of upcoming riders. For this I applaud the continued effort and support from Honda and Yamaha in the creation of one-make races tailored specifically for first-time riders.

“The Petronas AAM Cub Prix Championship has, for some time now, been held as the benchmark for professionalism in Malaysian motorsports. I have every confidence that it will continue to remain so for so many years to come.

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