After impressing in testing, it was money-where-your-mouth-is time for Hafizh Syahrin (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) in his first premier class race, and the first ever Malaysian in MotoGP kicked off his campaign with his first ever premier class points.
An impressive qualifying session that saw ‘Pescao’ lining up in P15 as the second quickest rookie, Syahrin battled it out on race day to come home in fourteenth – again, second fastest rookie, with only reigning intermediate class Champion Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) ahead of him.
Syahrin brought home 2 points for 14th position to the team and for his fans is still learning to be better every race, learning the electronics is a big change from Moto2™ to MotoGP™.
Next time it’s Argentina, with action firing up on the 6th April.
Hafizh whom is back from Qatar to attend Sepang Circuit unveiling of Malaysian motorsports talents for 2018. Hafizh was supposed to race Moto2 category under SIC Racing Team, but with Jonas Folger unable to recover from his illness, left an opportunity for Hafizh to fast forward his MotoGP progress by a year as SIC was planning for a MotoGP Team by 2019, Dato Razlan commented that it was perfect timing and fast tracked the development for a Malaysian to be in the premier class of the world championships. Sepang will support Hafizh’s training in Spain where he will be based. This opportunity also revived Zulfahmi Khairuddin, former Moto3 podium rider and gave him the opportunity to move to Moto2 with Sepang Racing Team. Adam Norrodin is also a SiC home grown talent which also directly under Sepang pool of talent.
Sepang also unveiled its talent search programme lmpian ke MotoGP Danial El Fahim, Muhammad Harith Haziq, Muhammad lzam lkmal, Mohd Daniel Syahmi and Muhammad ldil Fitri. other talents that will participate in other championships
Zarco’s team mate Hafizh Syahrin the talented rookie brought home the first ever MotoGP points for his native country Malaysia which is also his first race in MotoGP category.