A participant splashes a wave of muddy water out of a water hazard as he rides through it during the enduro. – Photos: M AZHAR/The Star
RIDING through mud or climbing steep incline under the merciless hot sun did not dampen the spirit of thrill-seekers who raced at the Sungai Buaya Fun Enduro.
It was a gruelling test for man and machines as participants were pushed to their limits to perform technical manoeuvres through various obstacles with their motorbikes.
The 120 participants and avid riders had to race to complete as many laps as possible to come out tops in the off-road riding event.
A fun ride for the participants, the inaugural Sungai Buaya Fun Enduro was organised by KTM Malaysia, a brand that carries an extensive range of ready-to-race machines from adventure-oriented tourers to high performance street bikes as well as countless dirt shredding motorcycles with various engine outputs.
It aimed to expose riders to the new 2.2km off-road track in Sungai Buaya, Rawang.
KTM official rider Muhd Habibullah Saleh, more popularly known as Gabit, said the event gathered like-minded adrenaline junkies to test out the track.
“It took us about three days to prepare the track and the participants doubled from what we had expected.
“There are plans to expand the trail which will be used for clinics in the future.
“This event also attracted riders from other countries, such as New Zealand, Australia and Switzerland,” he said.
Gabit added that enduro off-road rides tested the techniques displayed by the riders.
“While motorcross tests riders’ speed and technique, enduro is about the techniques to go through each obstacle.
“This event has also created a fun place for participants from different categories to participate,” he added.
Sungai Buaya Fun Enduro had five categories, namely Cub Cross, Complete Knock Down (CKD), KTM Open, Veteran and Open Expert.
There were also booths displaying several motorbikes such as the KTM Off-road 250, 350, and 450 EXC-F bikes as well as 250 SX-F model that is more commonly used for motorcross.
After a short warming-up session, the race began with participants going through several obstacles such as the table tops before a sharp turning on the slopes led to an uphill staircase.
The lap ended with riders trudging through the rock obstacle and a ditch filled with water.
A big crowd thronged the race track to witness the riders’ stunts while going through the obstacles.
In the Cub Cross category, brothers Hifizi and Hairul Usman took the top two spots.
Hafizi, delighted in having topped the category on his modified Honda Bike, participated in the race shortly after recovering from a broken leg.
“My leg was injured after falling off my motorcycle, but I insisted in participating in the race.
“We were very close to each other while nearing the finish line but my brother decided to let me win.
“It was a pleasant experience. I have participated in a lot of races in the past two years and this is the third time I became champion,” said the 29-year-old mechanic, adding that he would definitely participate if the event was held there again.