Now in its fifth edition, the 2018 Givi Rimba Raid jungle enduro race saw an ASEAN field of off-road racers, along with competitors coming from as far away as Italy, Scotland and Canada. The 105 rider field took to a jungle course laid out from Kuala Tahan to Kampung Mat Daling, Pahang, covering a distance of approximately 125 km.

Divided into classes based on motorcycle capacity, power output and engine configuration, riders were divided into category ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’. In class ‘A’, first place went to Malaysian Muhamad Habibullah Mohd Saleh on a KTM, better known to Malaysian off-road riders as “Gabit”, in a time of 02:33:07.

Second to the finish at the sand bank on Sungai Tembiling was Paris-Dakar 450 class champion Matteo Graziani of Italy riding a Ducati, with a time of 02:41:03 while Mohd Zulkarnain Tahir on a BMW came in third with a time of 02:49:22.

For class ‘B’, it was a Malaysian one-two-three finish with Muhamad Nazmee Ramli taking first with a time of 02:35:28. Second and third went to Mohamad Shahidan Mohamad Puad and Mohamad Khairul Afif Mohamad Ghazali, respectively, who clocked times of 02:45:47 and 02:48:51.

Rounding out the Rimba Raid were the class ‘C’ riders – also an all Malaysian finish – with first across the line being Ahmad Iezzam Roslim posting a time of 02:28:42. Meanwhile, Muhamat Hairy Muhamat Omar Zuki was second with a time of 03:19:10 and Rizal Zakaria clocking 03:26:09.

Sole female participant in this years Rimba Raid was Echo Zhang Congrong of China, who finished with a time of 07:10:30. A large contingent from Thailand participated in this edition of the Raid, with Anusorn Ubonsuk first Thai across the line in fourth place, posting a time of 02:49:37 in class ‘A’.

Also in class ‘A’ was Mohd Kamil Hassan of Singapore whose time of 02:58:02 was good enough for eighth place. Class A’s sole Indonesian representative, Wisnu Guntoro Adi, did not start (DNS) the race.

Out of a field of 65 riders in class ‘A’, 48 managed to complete the course, with 11 classed as “did not finish” (DNF) and six DNS. In class ‘B’ there were 16 starters and one DNF while class ‘C’ saw 23 starters and six DNF.

On the second day of Rimba Raid, a sand race, titled Raja Pasir or Sand King, was held, along with an enduro race. The title of Sand King went to Gabit, with Graziani taking second and local rider Shamsul Azhar Abu Hazim in third.

Racers were hosted in a camp site laid out by the event organisers with onsite catering. Event title sponsors Givi provided prizes for the winners and finishers were awarded a medal.