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Hafizh Syahrin overwhelmed as he secures first podium finish in 5 years

Malaysia’s Moto2 racer Hafiz Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) was engulfed in emotions at the San Marino Grand Prix that took place at the Misano World Circuit on Sunday.

Hafiz Syahrin, also known as “The Fish”, finished third at the San Marino GP – which is his first podium finish in five years.

‘The Fish’ clocked 51m 47.584s to clinch third place, just behind Swiss racers Dominique Aegerter of (Kiefer Racing) and Thomas Luthi (CarXpert Interwetten) at the end of the 26-lap race.

The 23-year-old could not contain himself as he crossed the finish line – he was seen getting emotional as he covered his eyes and needed a moment to soak in the result of the race before he could start embracing his teammates.

Hafizh Syahrin’s last podium finish was back in 2012 at the Malaysia Grand Prix when he clinched third place at the Sepang International Circuit in 2012.

 

“In am grateful to Allah for this achievement. My thanks to the technical crew who have worked very hard this week that I’ve extended Malaysia’s success as overall champions in the recent 2017 SEA Games to this race today.” Hafizh told Bernama.

“I’ve proven that I could achieve success like other national athletes. My thanks to my family, fans and friends too, as well as my manager who have given me a lot of support all this while.” he added,

Congratulations, Hafizh!

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Bekas juara MotoGP, Nicky Hayden meninggal dunia

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Bekas juara MotoGP, Nicky Hayden telah meninggal dunia selepas terlibat dalam satu kemalangan serius ketika menunggang basikal minggu lalu, lapor sebuah hospital di Itali di mana dia dimasukkan pada hari Isnin.

“Doktor telah mengesahkan kematian pesakit berkenaan,” kata Hospital Bufalini di Cesena dalam satu kenyataan.

Hayden, bekas juara MotoGP yang berusia 35 tahun, telah dilanggar oleh sebuahg kereta pada Rabu minggu lalu ketika menunggang basikal di bandar Riccione, tiga hari selepas berlumba di trek Imola untuk Kejohanan Superbike Dunia.

Dia berada dalam rawatan rapi selepas dibawa ke hospital dan doktor melaporkan pada hari Khamis bahawa dia mengalami poly-trauma yang serius dan menyebabkan kecederaan otak yang serius.

Hayden, yang dilahirkan di Amerika Syarikat terkenal dengan jolokan ‘The Kentucky Kid’ menjuarai Kejohanan MotoGP pada tahun 2006 dan telah beraksi untuk pasukan Honda dalam kategori Superbike sejak tahun lalu.

Laporan media tempatan di mana kemalangan tersebut berlaku, Rimini Today, menyatakan bahawa pihak polis telah memiliki bukti video berkenaan insiden tersebut.

Menurut laporan tersebut, satu video dari kamera keselamatan dari sebuah ruamh berdekatan telah berjaya merakam kemalangan berkenaan dan pemilik rumah tersebut telah membenarkan pihak polis Riccione untuk mengambil video tersebut.

Selain itu, beberapa komen dari orang ramai yang melihat video kemalangan tersebut mendakwa bahawa Nicky Hayde telah dilanggar di sebelah kiri oleh sebuah kereta berjenama Peugeot ketika Hayden sedang melintas.

Rakaman video tersebut dipercayai akan dapat membantu menentukan kelajuan Hayden dan pemandu kereta tersebut ketika kejadian tersebut berlaku, dan sama ada Hayden tidak menyedari kehadiran kereta berkenaan selepas sebuah iPod dijumpai di kawasan kemalangan.

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Malaysia’s pride Hafizh Syahrin emerge as champion in Spain

Back in February, Malaysia’s Grand Prix racer Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah bagged the People’s Choice Award at Malaysia’s first motorsports awards, the SIC-MAM Awards after an impressive year on the tracks.

The 23-year old, also known as Malaysia’s King of the Pocket Bikes, competes in the Moto2 category and has taken Malaysia to various international arena over the years.

He recently made Malaysia proud again by winning the Moto2 European Championship at the Circuit de Albacete on Sunday.

The young racer outclassed his rivals Hector Garzo and Augusto Fernandez as he completed the 20-lap race in 31:13.926. Garzo and Augusto finished second and third respectively.

“This is good training for me ahead of the European races in the World Championship (starting with the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez next weekend).” The Star quoted Hafizh Syahrin as saying.

Photo: Team MAS Twitter

“I am grateful to Petronas for getting a wildcard for me to race in the European Championship.”

Hafizh Syahrin is currently ranked 14th in the Moto2 World Champion­ship overall standings.

“This win is for Malaysia, my fans and my sponsors.” he added.

Hafizh Syahrin also said that this win will help him to do better in future tournaments, especially in the impending World Championship.

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#SICMAMAwards: Hafizh Syahrin bags People’s Choice award & full list of winners

Malaysia’s Grand Prix racer Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah has proven to be Malaysia’s favourite as he claimed the People’s Choice Award at Malaysia’s motorsports awards yesterday.

The event, jointly organised by the Sepang International Circuit and Motorsports Association of Malaysia (SIC-MAM) was also Malaysia’s first ever motorsports event, curated to honour the sporting icons in the country.

23-year old Hafizh Syahrin, also known as Malaysia’s King of the Pocket Bikes, competes in the Moto2 category and has taken Malaysia to various international arena. He finished 9th at the recent Moto2 World Championship, with a total 118 points.

Moto3 racer Khairul Idham Pawi bagged the award for Best Rider of the Year (2 wheels). He claimed the prize after winning two races at the Moto3 championship last year.

Meanwhile, Malaysian racer Jazeman Jaafar claimed the award for Best Driver of the Year (4 Wheels). The HTP Motorsports racer registered his best finish with a second place at the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup in 2016.

 

Here’s the full list of winners at the #SICMAMAwards2016:

SIC-MAM-SAM Media Award (Best Journalist)
Saiful Affendy – Harian Metro

SIC-MAM-SAM Media Award (Best Photographer)
Abdul Razak Latif – Kosmo

Team of the year (2wheels)
Project X Racing Team

Team of the year (4 wheels)
Sakura Tedco Racing (STR)

National Championship Award
Tengku Djan

Malaysia Motorsports People’s Choice Award
Hafizh Syahrin

Malaysia Motorsports Hall of Fame
Tan Sri Mokhzani Mahathir
Datuk Abdul Razak Dawood
Karamjit Singh
Alex Yoong
Ron Hogg
Shahrol Yuzy
Khairul Idham Pawi
Zulfahmi Khairuddin

‪Best Driver of the Year Award (4 wheels)‬
Jazeman Jaafar

‪Best Rider of the Year Award (2 wheels)‬
Khairul Idham Pawi

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SIC-MAM will host first ever Malaysia Motorsports Awards tonight

The Sepang International Circuit will be teaming up with the Motorsports Association of Malaysia to host the country’s first ever SIC-MAM Malaysia Motorsports Awards.

The event will take place on February 13th at the Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, and it will honour local motorsport icons in Malaysia. The awards will be graced by the presence of Alex Yoong, Jazeman Jaafar, Zulfahmi Khairuddin, Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah, Khairul Idham Pawi, Nabil Jeffri and Adam Norrodin.

Some of the awards to be given out tonight will be Rider of the Year, Team of the Year, Malaysia Motorsport People’s Choice Award, amongst others.

The ceremony will also be immortalising some of our local motorsport icons by inducting them into the Hall of Fame. Some of the nominees for the Hall of Fame include Karamjit Singh, Alex Young, Khairul Idham Pawi, Shahrol Yuzy and Ron Hogg.

Apart from the motorsport icons, SIC-MAM is also teaming up with the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM) to recognise outstanding writers in the motorsport industry. There will be two awards given out under the SIC-MAM-SAM team up, namely best journalist and best photographer.

“So many people have played their part in contributing to the development of motorsports in Malaysia, which is exciting, dynamic and inclusive – from competitors to teams, officials, journalists, clubs, corporations and even fans.” SIC’s CEO Datuk Razlan Razali said.

“We believe it’s about time that we recognised and honoured those who have contributed so much to the development of motorsports in Malaysia. SIC and MAM are proud and grateful to have this opportunity to bring this awards to life.”

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Goodbye F1 & WorldSBK – What’s next for Sepang International Circuit?

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After the decision to halt the hosting of Formula 1 race in Malaysia, SIC has decided to pull the plug on hosting the World Superbike race too.

SIC Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Razlan Razali has confirmed that the numbers for the World Superbike have been disappointing, and that they are not making profit from the race. However, SIC will continue to host the Grand Prix motorcycle racing event (MotoGP) until 2021.

“With SIC’s contract to host the WorldSBK coming to an end, we decided not to continue hosting this event in Sepang,” Dato’ Razlan Razali said. “Due to the current financial climate and SIC’s financial commitments to improve our existing facilities as well as build new ones, it is the most prudent decision at this point.”

However, with the F1 and World Superbike series out of the picture, the SIC risks becoming a “white elephant”, an expensive venue that will no longer be of much use to the public.

But Dato’ Razlan begs to differ, he assured everyone that SIC is currently in the midst of planning a brand new set of activities and projects that will employ the SIC and make sure it remains pertinent. He also mentioned that the circuit is still in popular demand for other sporting activities from the public, and that will help to rake in revenue.

“I assure you that the SIC will not be a white elephant.” Dato’ Razali told Kosmo. “Although we will no longer be hosting the F1 and WSBK, the SIC is still occupied for activities each. And it’s occupancy rate is almost 90%.”

One of the activities that Dato’ Razali said we could expect in the future is a Sepang circuit safety program, which will be done in collaboration with JPJ ( Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan).

“F1 is out of the picture because it was costing way too much money. But we will make up for it with other events. For now, hosting the MotoGP is the most sensible thing, it’s the only event that is still popular and bringing in the crowd.” he added.

Apart from that, Dato Razali also said that SIC will be working to rectify some issues that have been brought to his attention regarding the safety of the circuit.

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Make the top five and we’ll push you into Moto2 – SIC to Zulfahmi

Malaysian motorcycle racer Zulfahmi Khairuddin would be given a chance to advance into the Moto2 class if he finishes top 5 in the World Superbike (WSBK) series this year.

However, he has been warned not to get too hung up on his reward, but rather, focus on his performance.

The 25-year old started out back in 2012, and he won his first ever Moto3 podium in the 2012 Portuguese Grand Prix. Since then, he has participated in various international tournaments, making a name for himself in the international superbike racing arena.

If he hits the target set by the officials at the Sepang International Circuit, the Moto3 racer has been promised a ticket to the Moto2 class, which is the second-highest class in the world super bike tournament.

The championship is currently divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.

Zulfahmi is hopeful that 2017 will become all that he wants it to be. He finished 11th last year in his first WSBK series, after raking in 56 points at the end of the tournament.

According to Sepang Internatonal Circuit’s CEO, Datuk Razlan Razali, his side are ready to list Zulfahmi in the Moto2 class, if he hits the target.

“Of course we told him that we cannot sponsor him forever. But, if he does finish top five in the WSBK this year, we’ll try our best to list him in the Moto2 class for 2018. After that, we have to start thinking of bigger things, like developing an entire Moto2 team.”

Zulfahmi will commence his first race of the 2017 season at the Philip Island circuit this February.

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ARRC: Malaysia’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin thrilled to receive wild card slot

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Malaysia’s World Superbikes Championship (WSBK) hopeful Zulfahmi Khairuddin has confirmed that he will be in action in the upcoming Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) in Thailand.

The 25-year old was selected via the wild card round. He will be racing in the SuperSport 600cc premier class with the BikeArt team, using a Kawasaki. Zulfahmi will also be racing alongside his former Malaysian competitor, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman.

The Banting-born racer told Berita Harian that he’s looking forward to the race as it’s a chance for him to test his capability by racing against other competent opponents from all over Asia.

Photo: NSTP/OSMAN ADNAN
Photo: NSTP/OSMAN ADNAN

Prior to this, Zulfahmi competed on the World Motorcycle Champioship (MotoGP) in the Moto3 class.

“For me, it’s a great opportunity to meliorate my skills and it’s a good test to see how prepared I am for the new WSBK season, because all the ARRC racers are pretty great.”

He also thanked his team BikeArt for the opportunity to let him race.

“The team has not set any specific target for me. But it will be great if I can compete with the racers upfront and record a good result.”

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Moto3 World Champion Binder impressed with Malaysian riders

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Team Malaysia recorded an impressive feat at the recent Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix that took place at Sepang.

Hafizh Syahrin from team Petronas Raceline Malaysia who participated in Moto2 finished fifth. Khairul Idham Pawi from Team Honda Asia finished eight in the Moto3 category.

South Africa’s Brad Binder who won the 2016 Moto3 World Championship appeared to be impressed with the Malaysian racers and he believes that our local racers have what it takes to be champions.

“Consistency is key. You have to make it through all 18 rounds in the race. If you can always stay in the lead, you have a good chance of winning, and becoming champion.” Binder told the press.

Photo: Zimbio
Photo: Zimbio

Speaking of Khairul Idham, Binder said that he’s a “disciplined racer” even outside the circuit. It’s only Khairul’s first season, but he’s already putting up a tough fight!

“Even as a rookie, Khairul has had two wins, and that shows that he’s a very good racer and has a lot of potential.”

Khairul Idham has won both the Germany and Argentina Grand Prix. Apart from him and Hafizh Syahrin, Ramdan Rosli of Petronas AHM Malaysia also garnered attention as he finished 12th in the Moto2.

 

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Hafizh pamer aksi bertenaga di Sepang

Grand Prix of Japan 2014 – Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah

Penunggang Moto2 Malaysia, Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah mempamerkan tunggangan bertenaga untuk menamatkan kedudukan di lima tempat terbaik dalam perlumbaan Moto2 Grand Prix Shell Malaysia di Litar Antarabangsa Sepang pada hari Ahad.

Penunggang berusia 22 tahun yang diberi gelaran “pescao” atau ikan dalam bahasa Sepanyol itu memecut untuk merebut tempat kelima walaupun bermula di petak ke-14 sebelum perlumbaan.

Dia mencuba untuk mengejar kelompok pendahulu tetapi digagalkan pleh pelumba Sepanyol Alex Marquez dan pelumba Switzerland, Thomas Luthi.

Hafizh mencatatkan masa 46:15.735 dan melalui garisan penamat diiringi sorakan kuat penyokong Malaysia.

Pelumba muda itu kini berada di tangga kesembilan dalam kedudukan keseluruhan selepas memungut 117 mata dan dia optimis dapat terus berada dalam kedudukan 10 terbaik menjelang pusingan terakhir di Valencia, Sepanyol dua minggu lagi.

“Sasaran peribadi saya dalam perlumbaan di tempat sendiri ini adalah untuk berada di kedudukan lima terbaik,” kata Hafizh.

“Saya mahu bersaing merebut tempat di podium, tetapi ianya sukar untuk berada di depan kerana saya perlu berwaspada dengan Marquez dan Luthi.

”Saya tetapi gembira kerana mendapat mata perlumbaan di tempat sendiri. Terima kasih kerana menyokong, Malaysia!”

Seorang lagi penunggang negara Ramdan Rosli yang mewakili Petronas Raceline Malaysia menamatkan perlumbaan di tempat ke 12 dengan catatan masa 46:22.296.

Penunggang berusia 20 tahun itu memungut empat mata- mata pertamanya dalam kejohanan dunia itu.

“Ini kejohanan dunia dan ianya sukar untuk memungut mata. Saya sangat gembira kerana keadaanya sangat sukar,” kata Ramdan.

Penunggang Moto3 negara Khairul Idham Pawi turut mempamerkan aksi hebat apabila menamatkan perlumbaan untuk memungut mata sejak mencatat kemenangan kedua di Jerman pada bulan Julai.

Penunggang muda itu menamatkan perlumbaan di tempat kelapan dengan catatan masa 29:42.857 dan kini berada di tangga ke-17 selepas memungut 62 mata.