The 2017 season in the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship will see a partnership formed between race promoters Safe Aim Mutual Sdn Bhd as well as the Secretary of state for Youth and Sports (KBS). This is the first direct involvement by way of the ministry in the predominantly industry-driven championship.

The partnership is tightly concentrated on the grassroots development Wira category, creating a rebranding with the class that can undoubtedly the KBS Wira category.

“We welcome KBS’s interest and involvement on this class and hope that friends working together will lead to sustainable growth with the talent developmental efforts in Malaysian motorcycle racing. The Wira category is the catalyst that turned the whole motorcycle racing industry around. Since its introduction in 2002, the Wira category was exactly why were capable of lower the common age Cub Prix riders,” said Ron Hogg, Director of Safe Aim Mutual Sdn Bhd.

Prominent riders which have also been Wira category alumni include the likes of 2-times Moto3 winner Khairul Idham Pawi and 2013 SuperSports 600cc Asian Champion Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman.

However, Ron stressed that there are no strict rules for just about any rider’s career developmental path. “The Wira class possibly there is for incoming talents who may not be ready with the higher Cub Prix classes. It is actually their initial step into open-make racing. Some, like Khairul Idham, go completely the Wira category to foreign championships. Others, like Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah, skipped the Wira class to be replaced by the CP115. Option to little doubt how the Wira category plays a critical role being a talent scouting platform for the industry,” he stated.

Round One of the 2017 Cub Prix Championship requires place at Temerloh, Pahang on March 4 and 5, 2017.