7 September 2011
the largest motorcycle racing event in Malaysia, the PETRONAS AAM
Malaysian Cub Prix Championship strives to be professional in every
single area. We had introduced readers to Cub Prix’s timekeepers,
marshalls and medical team. This time around, we venture into the more
technical aspects of the Championship and get to know what the
scrutineering team is all about.
definition, the scrutineering team are a group of people from an
independent body with no ties or interest to any party who runs various
rigorous technical checks on bikes during a race weekend. This is to
ensure competitors conform to the technical and safety guidelines as
stated in the Cub Prix Supplementary Regulations and help them compete
in a safe and legal manner.
scrutineering team is normally made of seven individuals- Chief
Technical Scrutineer and six assistants responsible of checking
different areas.These people come into close contact with riders,
manufactures, sponsors and organizer and must therefore be able to carry
out their duties in a friendly and helpful manner.
at the technical control or impound bay in the paddock area, appointed
scrutineers have the power to check bikes at any point during a race
is one of the many rituals carried out before riders hit the track for
free practice sessions on Saturday. Not a single bike can go on the
track until it has passed this process. At this time, motorcycles must
be presented to the technical checking area and inspected under the name
of the rider within the time stipulated in the race programme.
pre-scrutineering procedure focuses from a safety point of view for
both rider and their competitors on the track. Here appointed technical
scrutineers will examine the exterior parts of the bike visible to the
eyes. This includes leg shields, mudguards, exhaust, handle bar, hand
and foot controls, tires, competition numbers, brakes, helmets, racing
suits, back protector, gloves and racing boots.
weight of the rider and their bikes are also taken at this time. This
is to ensure all bikes comply with the minimum weight of 80 kilogrammes
without fuel and a maximum of 95 kilogrammes.
combined weight of both rider and their respective bikes will also be
recorded. Total weight of the rider wearing a racing suit, helmet,
boots, back protector, gloves and bike should hit a target of 135
kilogrammes for the Wira category where else the targeted weight for
the CP115 and CP130 is 140 kilogrammes.
Post Race scrutineering
a conclusion of a race or qualifying session, riders are to bring
their bikes directly to the impound bay for Post Race scrutineering.
Once again, riders still equipped with their riding gear will queue up
and wait for their turn to weight themselves and their respective
bikes. Once this is done bikes will be impounded for 30 minutes pending
the bike and rider are being weight and taken into the impound bay,
riders are not allowed to drink or consume any form of liquid and
mechanics are not allowed to come into contact with the bike to avoid
last minute fixing.
this happens, the Chief Technical Scrutineer may at his discretion
choose to check whichever bikes for technical compliance with other
aspects of the regulations and re-inspect any bike that has been
involved in an accident.
than pre-scrutineering, the post-race scrutineering is much more
thorough and complex. Rather than just focusing on safety points and
the exterior part of the bikes, the Chief Technical Scrutineer holds
the right to examine the capacity of the engine or any other components
where he deems necessary regardless if it may or may not have
increased the bike’s performance.
the common areas checked during this time includes the cylinder head,
carburetor, cylinder block, crank case, primary drive and driven,
magneto assembly, crankshaft assembly and piston. Usually two team
mechanics are called to assist the technical scrutineer. The strip down
will normally be done in the technical control tent.
with the results, the Chief Technical Scrutineer will prepare a report
to be handed to the Chief of the Clerk (COC) at the end of the day. In
any case of infringements or violation of the regulations, the COC
will study the report before handing the case over to the race stewards
for further action.
How to become a scrutineer
become a scrutineer, one must successfully pass the scrutineering
examination administered by Cub Prix sanctioning body, the Automobile
Associatian of Malaysia (AAM). An interested candidate must study the
National Competition Rules before they are allowed to take the test
normally held once every three years. Upon passing, the candidate will
be granted a technical official license.
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