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Drafted into the 2018 premier class at the eleventh hour to replace the ill Jonas Folger in the Tech3 Yamaha Squad, Hafizh Syahrin had little choice but to adapt quickly to the fast-paced environment and monstrous machines of MotoGP™.
With the pressure of being the first-ever Malaysian to start a MotoGP™ race, the friendly 24-year-old immediately impressed, outclassing all three rookies in just his second outing for a ninth-place finish.
He’s also one of just a handful to record a Grand Prix podium finish with a wildcard entry. Syahrin started 17th in the 2012 Malaysian Moto2™ Grand Prix and rode a spectacular race in the wet to finish fourth behind Aussie veteran Anthony West. Although he couldn’t celebrate on the day, the Malaysian was later promoted to third after West was stripped of his second-placed finish.
His first full season in the intermediate category came in 2014 and, while he was a consistent point scorer during his first four seasons to the end of last year, he failed to make a big impression on the class, picking up only two more podium placings.
Once best known for his wet-weather prowess, the young Malaysian ride is quickly earning a name for himself as a competent MotoGP™ rider, although we’re still to see his best.
Syahrin has a number of retirements in Australia, including the 2018 race at Phillip Island. His highest placing has been 16, and will be looking to improve on this in 2019 on KTM machinery as the Tech 3 Racing Team make a switch from Yamaha.