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

Hafizh Syahrin
Hafizh Syahrih Moto2-2015.JPG
Hafizh (ahead) at the 2015 Catalan Grand Prix.
NationalityMalaysian
Born (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 25)
Selangor, Malaysia
Current teamRed Bull KTM Tech 3
Bike number55
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years2018
ManufacturersYamaha, KTM
Championships0
2018 championship position16th (46 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
33 0 0 0 0 53
Moto2 World Championship
Active years20112017
ManufacturersMoriwaki, FTR, Kalex
Championships0
2017 championship position10th (106 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
78 0 3 0 1 347

CareerEdit

Early yearsEdit

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; he eventually acquired the nickname "King of Pocket Bikes", when he was discovered by team manager Barry Leong purely by chance. 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.

Career developmentEdit

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 the Petronas Sprinta Raceline team's then youngest rider finished on the podium taking 3rd overall in the Yamaha Givi Cup in 2008, in the process also making waves through his spot entries in the Novice category with 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, with the other being a podium finish, his dominance in the category was 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 with podium results. He 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 obliterated 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.

Moto2Edit

In 2012, wild-card Hafizh led during the middle stages of Malaysian Grand Prix on his way to fourth place. The result was later promoted to a third-place finish, after Anthony West's results were expunged in November 2013. In 2013, Hafizh made several more wildcard appearances. He scored a point at his home race in Malaysia.

Hafizh moved into Moto2 full-time in 2014 riding a Kalex for the Petronas Raceline Malaysia team and finished overall in position 19 with 42 points. He made further improvement in 2015 by collecting 64 points (in 16th position) with a season best finish of 5th at the Japanese Grand Prix. In 2016, Hafizh surprised other riders and impressed commentators by finishing 4th at 3 Grands Prix (Qatar, Catalunya and British) and finishing 10 of the Grands Prix in the top 10. He collected 118 points along season 2016 overall in 9th position.

In 2017, he made a slow start to the season with an average performance before making an impact when he took a podium in 3rd position, then later up to 2nd position because of Aegerter's disqualification for his win at the San Marino Grand Prix. Later, he had another stunning result by taking 3rd podium on his career when he get 3rd position in a wet race at the Japanese Grand Prix (two podiums within 3 races). He ended that season in the top 10 with 106 points overall.

Sadly, after the years since he debuted in Malaysian Cup Prix with Raceline and main sponsor Petronas, he parted ways with Raceline and then announced that he joined a new outfit, the Sepang International Circuits (SIC) Moto2 team, which collaborated with Petronas as main sponsor. However, Petronas later announced they would quit as main sponsor of the Moto2 SIC outfit and was looking forward more to the talent development on SIC's feeder team in Moto3. Hafizh rode as SIC Moto2's sole rider.

MotoGPEdit

Just a week before the 2018 MotoGP Sepang pre-season test, Jonas Folger made a surprising announcement by stating that he would not compete in the 2018 season to recover from a health problem. Then, the head of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team, Herve Poncharal had a discussion with SIC CEO, Dato' Razlan, and their main sponsor Yamaha Asia, about the possibility of replacing Folger with Syahrin.

He had the opportunity to take part in the early pre-season test at the Circuit of Buriram. This was also boosted by the inability of other riders on the list who have contract with other teams, including Yonny Hernandez. 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 who have been on the circuit longer than him.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 was delighted about his potential and signed Hafizh to fill Jonas Folger's seat for the 2018 season.

2018Edit

Hafizh did well in his first MotoGP season when he fought for Rookie of the Year before losing out to Franco Morbidelli.

His best result came in the second round at Argentina when he finished 9th after starting from 23rd.

On 6 June 2018, Tech 3 announced that they would retain Syahrin for 2019, in a new era for Hervé Poncharal's team that will see him make the switch to a factory spec KTM machine.

2019Edit

Syahrin will again ride for Tech 3, this time riding a KTM alongside new rookie teammate Miguel Oliveira. After nine races, the team announced they would not renew his contract and will replace him with Brad Binder for the 2020 season.

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Prix motorcycle racingEdit

By seasonEdit

Season Class Motorcycle Team Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2011 Moto2 Moriwaki Petronas Malaysia 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2012 Moto2 FTR Petronas Raceline Malaysia 1 0 1 0 1 16 23rd
2013 Moto2 Kalex Petronas Raceline Malaysia 4 0 0 0 0 1 29th
2014 Moto2 Kalex Petronas Raceline Malaysia 18 0 0 0 0 42 19th
2015 Moto2 Kalex Petronas Raceline Malaysia 18 0 0 0 0 64 16th
2016 Moto2 Kalex Petronas Raceline Malaysia 18 0 0 0 0 118 9th
2017 Moto2 Kalex Petronas Raceline Malaysia 18 0 2 0 0 106 10th
2018 MotoGP Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 18 0 0 0 0 46 16th
2019 MotoGP KTM Red Bull KTM Tech 3 15 0 0 0 0 7* 24th*
2020 Moto2 Speed Up Gaviota Ángel Nieto Team 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 111 0 3 0 1 400

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
AUS
MAL
VAL
24th* 7*

* Season still in progress.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "PETRONAS Talent Development: Rider Profile – Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah". petmos.com.my. Petronas Motorsports. Archived from the original on 23 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  2. ^ Sports, Dorna. "Syahrin to line up full-time with Tech 3 in 2018". www.motogp.com. Retrieved 21 February 2018.

External links[1]Edit

  1. ^ "Brad Binder Will Race in MotoGP for the 2020 Season". Asphalt & Rubber. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2019.