Malaysian Hafizh Syahrin, First South East Asian Rider in MotoGP
Hafizh is all smiles after securing a place in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team.
After almost 70 years since the inception of MotoGP/Grand Prix motorcycling, there will be a South East Asian rider in the premier class, in the shape of Malaysian-born Hafizh Syahrin.
The 23-year-old lad from Selangor, Malaysia started his career at age nine on pocket bikes, and was extremely good, hence earning the nickname “King of Pocket Bikes”.
From that young age, he learned the ropes in his father Shafie Harun Abdullah’s workshop. Learning how a bike performs, understanding what can be done to make himself better and going through a tough childhood have made him a worthy up-and-coming contender in the championship.
Hafizh astride his machine in Thailand last week.
He was spotted by Barry Leong, a former racer, who was instrumental in helping nurture Hafizh throughout his career and moving up the ladder.
“I hope my struggle will inspire the youngsters. If I can ride in MotoGP, others can too as long as they’re disciplined,” said Hafizh.
Hafizh will ride alongside teammate Johann Zarco, who was two-time Moto2 Champion in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team.
One thing’s for sure, the MotoGP in Sepang will definitely be a full house with Hafizh on the starting grid, alongside legends like Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez.
We wish him all the best for the upcoming season.