Malaysia Superbike Championship
Promoted and organised by Sepang International Circuit (SIC), Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSBK) is effectively the country’s national championship for track motorcycle racing, with added excitement by participation of top international riders from the region.
Formally launched in 2015, the MSBK was created through a branding exercise of motorcycling competitions under the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) that was first organised by SIC in 2002. After 15 years, the circuit decided on uplifting the image and status of the series to woo in more participation from corporate companies, racing teams and biking enthusiasts. With bigger participation, SIC hopes to inject more excitement and creating greater interests from the main stream media especially television.
Race regulations were also further enhanced under the rebranding exercise to emulate the prestigious FIM World Superbike Championship (WSBK) with an aim of preparing local talents for bigger exposure at the international level; hopefully at WSBK and the MotoGP World Championship.
Following race regulations of the WSBK, the MSBK offers the 1000cc Superbike Championship and the 1000cc Superstock Championship for full-fledged production bikes. It also runs the Supersport Championship in accordance to race regulations of the 600cc World Series at the WSBK. As a multi-pronged series, the MSBK is also established as a platform to unearth new talents. Hence, it created series for the lower classes bikes like the Super 250, which it introduced last season.
As the only national series fully run at the world class MotoGP track, the series had benefitted top Malaysian riders including current MotoGP rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah, who competed in the series whenever available to remain sharp and to further build his stamina. The former moto3 rider, Adam Norrodin, have also competed and benefited from the series.