The PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) launches its 2011 season with four motorcycle manufacturers, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha taking centre-stage in the SuperSports 600cc category this weekend.
Schedule to kick off at the Sepang International Circuit (North track) from 29th April to 1st May, this will be the first time the Championship will see the giant manufacturers gather and compete against each other in the highly-competitive class.
Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha’s involvement in the Underbone 115cc had already been seen last season to where Indonesian rider, Hadi Wijaya secured the coveted crown and their efforts to bring the unique Asian race to a higher level continues this year.
Making things more interesting, this season will see eight nations, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Australia, India, Philippines and China represented in the SuperSports 600cc while rivalry deepens between Malaysia and Indonesia in the Underbone 115cc with 29 riders on the grid.
Pleased with the support given, Championship promoter, Two Wheels Motor Racing Sdn Bhd (TWMR) Promotions Director, Ron Hogg commented, “Asian motorsports is maturing progressively and manufacturers are starting to realize they need to be associated to a higher-level of racing as opposed to just performing on the national front,” he said.
Ron went on to add, “With that we are very pleased to see all the manufacturers make a stand in both the SuperSports 600cc and Underbone 115c. I am very certain with their support; the PETRONAS ARRC will grow to become the most important Championship in the Asia pacific region as right now we are in the beginning stages to realize these goals with more teams joining us this season.”
Ron further assured fans can expect a thrilling season with such a strong entry list and the Championship going on air in several countries.
"This season we will cater to a much larger audience with the Championship being telecasted either live or delayed in several nations. As of now, Indonesia will air all the rounds live and talks are going on with Thailand and few other countries."
"On the racing part, 2011 brings a much closer competition. Most of them come with strong credentials and with the levels going much further, we are certain the top 10 riders in the SuperSports 600cc can easily take part and compete in Moto2. Same thing goes for riders in the Underbone 115cc. We now have quite a number of young riders in this class ready and waiting to move up the ranks of competitive racing. At this rate, I am sure the Championship will become the breeding ground where the best Asian riders come from,” said Ron.
PETRONAS Motorsports General Manager, Puan Anita Azrina Abdul Aziz who was also present during the launch commended the teams and riders for their determination to bring the Championship to a greater level and looks forward to another action-packed season.
"2010 was a landmark year for us as the Championship embraced its regional status with six rounds in six nations, touching almost every corner of Asia from Japan to India and the inclusion of Qatar- a clear testament of the Championship's truly regional status. On that basis alone, there is a lot for us to look forward to this season," she said.
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