The Biggest Crashes from the 2014 Malaysian Cub Prix

12/30/2014 @ 12:05 pm, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

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One of the highlights for me this year was getting to travel to Malaysia, for the Malaysian Grand Prix. A tremendously diverse country, Malaysians come together for many things, but one of the biggest is motorcycle racing.

The Malaysian economy hasn’t quite caught up with the country’s appetite though, so large-displacement machines are more of a rarity than a norm on the city streets.

Instead, you will see Malaysians riding these small-displacement bike that no matter the manufacturer, looks suspciously like the iconic Honda Cub.

Naturally the racing desire conquers all, and these “cubs” are raced, en masse, on Malaysian “race courses” — some of which are more professionally put together than others.

The speeds might not be MotoGP-level, but the riders are going 10/10ths, and the crashes are just as intense. For your cringing pleasure, here are the biggest crashes from the 2014 Malaysian Cub Prix, after the jump.

Source: Malaysian Cub Prix via Motor Pasion Moto

  • crshnbrn

    Regardless of the speed, the highside at 1:28 had to hurt.

  • TheSeaward

    I need this in my life.

  • Jules

    While the economy is currently suffering, the main reason you don’t see many big bikes on the road here is because of the government’s ridiculous taxes on automobiles, which pushes prices of a Yamaha R1 to about double of that in the US – RM90,000 (USD26,000) A Desmosedici will set you back a cool USD118,000.

    Such a shame that superbikes are priced out of the hands of many bike enthusiasts here.

  • AH SENG

    not only the bike is super duper expensive in malaysia..
    even the car are super duper expensive…

    honda accord.. new in US is $20000 to $30000
    in malaysia… it cost about USD $50000 to $60000

    the brand new 2015 R1 will cost about RM 120k i presume.. close to $40000

  • H.L.

    This will be the first office video of the morning for my co-workers for sure.

    Holy! These kids are buck wild, crazy, competitive, passionate and fearless. I love it. The music=perfect.

  • mkh

    Glad you all enjoyed this fine little piece of malaysian racing, as unfairly burdened we are as bike enthusiasts here, we never cease our love for the two wheeler. We rode, raced our puny machines, and never forget to celebrate whenever the circus (Motogp or Mr.Rossi) comes to town.

  • donno

    One of the most professionally run and managed local motorsport series in Malaysia (and the same people who also runs the asia pacific ARRC events).

    Love the scene, and the relatively affordable way for youngsters to shine and have a go for a chance to get to MotoGP

  • donno

    Not to forget, the popularity of these events in Malaysia also drove companies like Ohlins, Yoshimura, Leo Vince, Racing Boy etc. to create specific go faster parts for these little machines.

    By the way majority of the machines in the races are from Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Modenas

  • BBQdog

    I hope the Asian countries will organize their own version of the MotoGP soon.
    Some nice real competition in the winter and without any spaniards. Would
    be very refreshing.

  • mkh

    Happy new year bikers !

  • a tom

    Just because the mat rempits and their underbones graduated to organized races, doesn’t mean that’s all there is…

    Malaysia does have an AMA equivalent, the Malaysia Super Series, for Motorcycles (also one for cars):
    http://www.sepangcircuit.com/upload/MSS-Bikes-Sporting-and-Technical-Regulations-2014.pdf

    It ran a support race on the MotoGP weekend as well, though hardly anyone would have shown up.

    As stated already, though, anything except a Malaysia-built vehicle (Proton or Perodua) results in hefty excise duties, >75% of the vehicle’s price, plus a whole lot of other fees. At least the kapcai’s are cheap to fix back up, or buy if needed!

  • On behalf of all Malaysians, and our team at BikesRepublic.com, we’d like to give our biggest thanks to A&P for this post!

    The Petronas AAM Cub Prix first ran in 1994, and it is the biggest two-wheeled racing series in Malaysia.
    It has since been an incubator for the industry and racing talent pool for our little nation.

    Coming from experience, I will tell you that pictures don’t do it justice. You need to actually come on the ground and attend one of these races itself to see just how big it is.
    Our AMA equivalent, the Malaysia Super Series (MSS) Bikes isn’t as big as this in terms of size and crowd attendance.

    And yes, for reasons beyond our control and belief, there are hefty import taxes imposed on imported large capacity bikes. Thus explaining why you see more ‘Cubs’ on our streets than larger cc bikes. But the segment has since grown rapidly over the last decade, the biggest player here being Kawasaki, who has a more than 50% market share in the 250cc and above segment. Cubs still outnumber ‘big bikes’, but this is slowly changing.

    Oh btw BBQdog, there is no Asian-level MotoGP race series just yet, but we have something close to it. Its called the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup, a one-make series using Honda NSF250R Moto3 bikes, and competitors hail from the region ages between 13 to 21. Think of it as the region’s equivalent to the Red Bull Rookies Cup, a stepping stone to Moto3. The series is organised and sanctioned by Dorna in their efforts to tap into the Asian sports racing market. There’s even a WSSP and WSBK equivalent called the Asia Road Racing Series, which is sanctioned by FIM and organised by the same people behind Cub Prix – TWMR Motorsports.

    Jensen, come back to KL! We’d be more than happy to let you experience first hand what the Malaysian biking life is like!

  • Thoriq….I think A&R will definitely have to come back thru KL and give this racing a shot. Looks like too much fun! Cheers!

  • mkh

    Hi Jensen,
    do come again, we all malaysian riders welcome you !