Cratered between the high-profile Malaysian Cub Prix and the international FIM Asia Road Racing Championship, the Malaysia Superbike Championship has an important function to play in the entire talent development ecosystem. While we await any upcoming announcements regarding the 2020 season, here are eight frequently asked questions about the MSBK.

  1. What is the MSBK?

MSBK stands for the Malaysian Superbike Championship. It is a collaboration between the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) and race promoters Two Wheels Motor Racing (TWMR).

  1. How is it a part of the Malaysian talent development ecosystem?

Most Malaysian riders start their racing careers in the PETRONAS Malaysian Cub Prix Championship astride Underbone bikes. The MSBK plays an important role in the talent development process as the first exposure for Malaysian riders to full-frame racing. At the same time, it serves as a valuable training ground for young riders to gain mileage in full-frame racing.

  1. Is this a national or regional race series?

The MSBK is a national-level championship, however, foreigners are welcome to participate.

  1. How many rounds are there in a season?

A typical season runs for five rounds at the 5.5km Sepang International Circuit.

  1. How many race categories are there in the MSBK and what functions do they play?

The MSBK roster features three main categories. The MSBK250 is often the first step into full-frame racing for upcoming names. From there, riders who are ready for the next level can venture into the MSBK600 followed by the premiere class which is the MSBK1000.

  1. Why production bikes? Why not Moto3 or Moto2 class?

Cost. Production bike racing, while still expensive, are relatively more affordable and accessible to Asian riders. Racing on prototype bikes will put the championship out of reach for the majority of Asian riders.

  1. How competitive is this series?

The MSBK aims to create an eclectic mix of well known riders such as former GP riders Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman, alongside upcoming new names. This process of pitting rookies against the seasoned campaigners has been a proven route to expedite rider development.

  1. What about the needs of the professional amateurs?

The professional amateur class will run concurrently with the main races. However, the professional amateur class will have its own podium ceremony.