What a turn of event it was for the Malaysian 2 wheels motorsports scene recently when the announcement of Fahmi Khairuddin’s return to the MotoGP paddock was made by Sepang Circuit on their Facebook page recently. The number 63 rider’s career was seriously in question late last year where he was confirmed not to race in the WSBK series anymore. He was under some pressure by the public when he walked away from the 2017 season with only 6 points despite being impressive in the first season.
Future were gloomy for the 26 year old rider from Banting with rumors that he might be jumping to the Asian Road Racing series; to compete alongside other Malaysians like Zaqhwan Zaidi and the 2017 Asian Champion Azlan Shah. But things went totally the other direction following a succession of events that led from one thing to the other. It all starts from a different continent to make this story interesting. Jonas Folger who were contracted to ride with the Yamaha Tech3 MotoGP Team alongside Johann Zarco announces that he won’t be competing in this year of MotoGP due to some health issue. This obviously came as a devastating news to the team and the MotoGP paddock, we are all wishing him the best of recovery and may he return to the fitness level that the sport’s require him to be in.
The empty seat left on the Yamaha Tech3 MotoGP opens up crazy speculations and rumors around the paddock in which one of our national rider; Hafizh Syahrin were among the shortlisted replacement rider. All of this led to the speculations and questions among fans with the biggest question of them all; who will ride the Moto2 bike if Hafizh does jump on board the Yamaha M1 for 2018. Following some social media snippets by both Fahmi and Hafizh, the rumors finally became official yesterday when Sepang Circuit announces the news on their platform. Fahmi confirms this and stated that he is ready for the challenge and felt that it won’t be too tricky for him to learn the traits of the Moto2 machine as he’s ridden in the 600cc Supersports category for 2 years in WSBK.
Fahmi Khairuddin will once again race in the world’s most prestigious 2 wheels racing; as he aims to be the few Malaysians that will carve the nation’s name among some of the greatest motorsport athletes in the world. Fahmi is already in SIC Racing Team’s European base as of now to train alongside Hafizh and Adam Noroddin, his fellow SIC Racing Team endorsed team mates in preparation for a 3-day official test on board the Moto2 machine this coming 6th of February 2018. From all of us here in Malaysian Riders publication, we wish him the very best of season ahead and may his career and all of Malaysian riders competing all over the world be prosperous and success. To wrap this up, this is a solid indicator that Hafizh Syahrin will be our first MotoGP rider ever.