Hafizh Syahrin

Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah (born 5 May 1994) is a Malaysian motorcycle racer, set to race in WorldSBK in 2022 With MIE Honda.[1] In 2018, he became the first ever Southeast Asian to race in the MotoGP category.[2]

Hafizh Syahrin
Hafizh Syahrin 2019.jpg
Hafizh in 2019
NationalityMalaysian
Born (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 28)
Selangor, Malaysia
Current teamMIE Racing
Bike number35
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years20182019
ManufacturersYamaha (2018)
KTM (2019)
Championships0
2019 championship position23rd (9 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
37 0 0 0 0 55
Moto2 World Championship
Active years20112017, 20202021
ManufacturersMoriwaki, FTR, Kalex, Speed Up, NTS
Championships0
2021 championship position28th (9 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
109 0 3 0 1 377

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Hafizh was born on 5 May 1994 in Selangor, Malaysia, and grew up in Selangor. He began his career at the age of 9, in pocket bikes, where he eventually acquired the nickname "King of Pocket Bikes". It was not long before his talent began to show, after his racing debut on pocket bikes the following year. Dominating the pocket bike category soon after, he was discovered by Leong at one of the pocket bike tracks, purely by chance.

In 2007, at the age of 13, Hafizh made his debut in the Cub Prix championship in dominating style, finishing his first year on the Yamaha LC135 Cup class second overall.

His form continued the following year, as Petronas Sprinta Raceline team's youngest rider, taking 3rd overall in the Yamaha Givi Cup in 2008, and in the process also making waves through his entries in the Novice category, with similarly impressive results.

Hafizh started the 2009 season on a high, winning the opening race of the season at Alor Setar with a win in the Novice category. With 7 wins out of 8 rounds, and the other also being a podium finish, his dominance in the category was so unrivalled that he opted to forego the final two rounds. The youngster switched to race against his more illustrious and seasoned seniors in the Expert category, finishing with podium results. He also finished third in the Asia Road Racing Underbone 115cc Championship.

Graduating to take on the expert category in 2010, the switch was seamless as Hafizh literally broke down all the barriers, and tore the competition apart. Despite a massive revamp in the technical regulations that led to the renaming of the expert category to become the CP130 category, these changes did little to rattle Syahrin's cage.

By the time the season drew to a close in Penang's Padang Kota Lama, the 16-year-old had finished off the competition, to emerge as the championship's youngest ever CP130 champion, erasing the record set by Norizman Ismail who was the Expert champion in 2005 at the age of 20.

2010 was also significant as the 16-year-old made the step up to the bigger league, the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship aboard a 600cc SuperSport bike. Against a much older and experienced field, the youngster held his own to finish his debut season in a respectable 12th from 39 riders. He finished fourth in the same series in 2011. He moved into the Spanish Moto2 series in 2012, finishing sixth there.

Moto2 World ChampionshipEdit

In 2012, wild-card Hafizh led during the middle stages of his home Malaysian Grand Prix, on his way to a fourth place. The result was later promoted to a third-place finish, after Anthony West's results were annulled in November 2013, due to doping.[3]

In the 2013 Moto2 World Championship, Hafizh made four more wildcard appearances, scoring a point at his home race in Malaysia.

Petronas Raceline Malaysia (2014–2017)Edit

Syahrin moved into Moto2 full-time in 2014, riding the lone Kalex for the Petronas Raceline Malaysia team. He finished the season in 19th position, with 42 points, and a season's best 7th place finish in the United States Grand Prix.

For the 2015 Moto2 World Championship, Sayhrin made further improvements by collecting 64 points, with a season best finish of 5th at the Japanese Grand Prix, and ending the year 16th in the championship standings.

In 2016, Syahrin surprised many people by finishing 4th at three Grands Prixs (Qatar, Catalunya and Britain) and finishing ten Grands Prixs in the top 10. He collected 118 points total, and finished the championship in 9th position.

In 2017, he made a slow start to the year, but started making an impact in the second half of the season, when he scored his second podium in the category, with another 3rd place in the San Marino Grand Prix, which was later turned into a second place after Dominique Aegerter was disqualified.[4] Later, he had another strong result by taking the 3rd podium of his Moto2 career, when he get 3rd position in a wet race at the Japanese Grand Prix, making it two podiums within 3 races.[5] He ended that season 10th overall, with 106 points.

MotoGP World ChampionshipEdit

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (2018)Edit

Just a week before the 2018 MotoGP Sepang pre-season test, Jonas Folger made a surprise announcement that he would not compete in the 2018 season, in order to recover from his Gilbert's syndrome health problems. The head of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team, Hervé Poncharal, had a discussion with SIC Petronas CEO Razlan Razali, and their main sponsor Yamaha Asia, about the possibility of replacing Folger with Syahrin. He was given the opportunity to take part in the early pre-season test at the Circuit of Buriram, a track Syahrin knew well. Syahrin, nicknamed "El Pescao", made an impressive performance on his 1st ever run on a MotoGP bike, by clocking a lap time as good as the other rookies, though this may have been boosted by the unavailability of other riders on the grid who had contracts with other teams, leading to test riders like Yonny Hernandez getting an opportunity. Nevertheless, Monster Yamaha Tech3 was delighted with his potential, and signed Syahrin to fill Jonas Folger's seat for the 2018 season.[6]

Hafizh did well in his first MotoGP season, when he fought for Rookie of the Year before losing out to Franco Morbidelli by only 4 points. His best result of the season came in the second round at Argentina, when he finished 9th after starting from 23rd. Syahrin ended the year 16th in the standings, with 46 points. On 6 June 2018, Tech3 announced that they would retain Syahrin for 2019, in a new era for Hervé Poncharal's team, that would see him make the switch to a factory spec KTM machine.

Red Bull KTM Tech 3 (2019)Edit

Syahrin would again ride for Tech3, this time riding a KTM alongside new rookie teammate Miguel Oliveira. He only finished six races in the points, scoring 9 points total. The team announced they would not renew his contract, and will replace him with Brad Binder for the 2020 season, but Binder later moved up to the Factory KTM Team for 2020, following Johann Zarco taking the decision to leave the team after only 1 year of his 2 year deal. This led to Syahrin being instead replaced by Iker Lecuona.[7]

Return to Moto2Edit

Aspar Team (2020)Edit

After losing his spot in MotoGP, Syahrin returned to Moto2 with the Aspar Team for the 2020 Moto2 World Championship.[8] He started the season well, scoring a sixth place in the second round at Jerez, but only finished in the point scoring places three times after that race, scoring a total of 21 points.

NTS RW Racing GP (2021)Edit

Syahrin switched teams for the 2021 season, but struggled again, scoring points in only three races, 9 total points in the season. He switched to WorldSBK in 2022

Superbike World ChampionshipEdit

MIE Racing Honda (2022)Edit

Syahrin struggling with the honda machinery but made a decent start ahead of his WorldSBK debut



Career statisticsEdit

Grand Prix motorcycle racingEdit

By seasonEdit

Season Class Motorcycle Team Number Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2011 Moto2 Moriwaki Petronas Malaysia 86 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2012 Moto2 FTR Petronas Raceline Malaysia 86 1 0 1 0 1 16 23rd
2013 Moto2 Kalex Petronas Raceline Malaysia 55 4 0 0 0 0 1 29th
2014 Moto2 Kalex Petronas Raceline Malaysia 55 18 0 0 0 0 42 19th
2015 Moto2 Kalex Petronas Raceline Malaysia 55 18 0 0 0 0 64 16th
2016 Moto2 Kalex Petronas Raceline Malaysia 55 18 0 0 0 0 118 9th
2017 Moto2 Kalex Petronas Raceline Malaysia 55 18 0 2 0 0 106 10th
2018 MotoGP Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 55 18 0 0 0 0 46 16th
2019 MotoGP KTM Red Bull KTM Tech 3 55 19 0 0 0 0 9 23rd
2020 Moto2 Speed Up Aspar Team 55 14 0 0 0 0 21 21st
2021 Moto2 NTS NTS RW Racing GP 55 17 0 0 0 0 9 28th
Total 146 0 3 0 1 432

By classEdit

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
Moto2 2011–2017, 2020–2021 2011 Malaysia 2012 Malaysia 109 0 3 0 1 377 0
MotoGP 2018–2019 2018 Qatar 37 0 0 0 0 55 0
Total 2011–2021 146 0 3 0 1 432 0

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Pos Pts
2011 Moto2 Moriwaki QAT SPA POR FRA CAT GBR NED ITA GER CZE IND RSM ARA JPN AUS MAL
20
VAL NC 0
2012 Moto2 FTR QAT SPA POR FRA CAT GBR NED GER ITA IND CZE RSM ARA JPN MAL
3
AUS VAL 23rd 16
2013 Moto2 Kalex QAT AME SPA FRA
21
ITA CAT
18
NED GER IND CZE GBR RSM ARA MAL
15
AUS JPN VAL
Ret
29th 1
2014 Moto2 Kalex QAT
15
AME
15
ARG
20
SPA
21
FRA
15
ITA
25
CAT
Ret
NED
10
GER
18
IND
7
CZE
13
GBR
8
RSM
20
ARA
11
JPN
8
AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
VAL
16
19th 42
2015 Moto2 Kalex QAT
12
AME
6
ARG
10
SPA
12
FRA
9
ITA
Ret
CAT
14
NED
15
GER
16
IND
Ret
CZE
14
GBR
16
RSM
18
ARA
7
JPN
5
AUS
16
MAL
8
VAL
Ret
16th 64
2016 Moto2 Kalex QAT
4
ARG
6
AME
16
SPA
11
FRA
8
ITA
5
CAT
4
NED
Ret
GER
7
AUT
21
CZE
6
GBR
4
RSM
7
ARA
14
JPN
13
AUS
Ret
MAL
5
VAL
15
9th 118
2017 Moto2 Kalex QAT
Ret
ARG
10
AME
11
SPA
13
FRA
11
ITA
12
CAT
9
NED
8
GER
11
CZE
15
AUT
10
GBR
17
RSM
2
ARA
16
JPN
3
AUS
16
MAL
6
VAL
6
10th 106
2018 MotoGP Yamaha QAT
14
ARG
9
AME
Ret
SPA
16
FRA
12
ITA
12
CAT
Ret
NED
18
GER
11
CZE
14
AUT
16
GBR
C
RSM
19
ARA
18
THA
12
JPN
10
AUS
Ret
MAL
10
VAL
10
16th 46
2019 MotoGP KTM QAT
20
ARG
16
AME
18
SPA
19
FRA
14
ITA
Ret
CAT
Ret
NED
15
GER
16
CZE
Ret
AUT
Ret
GBR
13
RSM
15
ARA
21
THA
20
JPN
19
AUS
15
MAL
16
VAL
15
23rd 9
2020 Moto2 Speed Up QAT
19
SPA
6
ANC
Ret
CZE
9
AUT
Ret
STY RSM
Ret
EMI
19
CAT
18
FRA
15
ARA
19
TER
13
EUR
Ret
VAL
19
POR
21
21st 21
2021 Moto2 NTS QAT
Ret
DOH
21
POR
18
SPA
17
FRA
15
ITA
9
CAT
20
GER
17
NED
23
STY
Ret
AUT
18
GBR
21
ARA
19
RSM
18
AME
20
EMI ALR
18
VAL
15
28th 9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "World Superbike: Hafizh Syahrin joins MIE Honda 2022 line-up". www.motorsport.com.
  2. ^ Sports, Dorna. "Syahrin to line up full-time with Tech 3 in 2018". www.motogp.com. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  3. ^ "FIM Moto2 Racer Ant West Failed Anti-Doping Control Testing At Le Mans, Faces Suspension". 31 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Aegerter disqualified from victory at Moto2 San Marino GP - Motorcycle Sports". 15 October 2017.
  5. ^ Ishak, Fadhli (15 October 2017). "2nd podium finish: Hafizh Syahrin wins 3rd place at Japan MotoGP | New Straits Times". NST Online.
  6. ^ "Hafizh Syahrin Will Replace Folger at Tech 3". 21 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Tech3 welcomes Lecuona, prepares farewell for Syahrin". Crash. 11 November 2019.
  8. ^ "2020 Moto2: Hafizh Syahrin signs with Aspar Team - paultan.org". 16 January 2020.

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