Last year after an amazing result at his home race, I asked :
What next for Malaysian wild-card Hafizh Syahrin? Click on the link to see just how much promise he showed in his wild-card world championship appearances and a brief look at his history.
We know know what is next for the talented young rider. After a smattering appearances in this years championship Malaysian fans were given something to shout about as Syahrin appears to have landed himself a seat in Moto2 for 2014.
The team hinted at this in the quote from the Petronas Team Manager Barry Leong in the previous story, but asiaroadracing.com confirms the move seems to be done.
Hafizh Syahrin as a wild-card in Moto2. Image via asiaroadracing.com and Petronas Raceline Malaysia, editorial use only, under the fair use act.
Team Petronas Raceline Malaysia announce in the article that they should be entering the Moto2 class of the 2014 World Motorcycle Grand Prix with Syahrin . The announcement is made “pursuant to a written confirmation from Dorna and IRTA to Team Petronas Raceline Malaysia manager, Barry Leong”.
The move would continue the strong relationship that the Malaysian rider and team have forged; since Syahrin was twelve they have raced together; taking titles in the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship before moving on to the Asia Road Racing championship and the Spanish Championship together, where the Malaysian has been competing this year with a win in the Moto2 class of the CEV at the Navarra Circuit in September leaving him currently third in the riders overall standings.
It has been ten years since Malaysia has had a home based team in the the world championship. when Team Petronas Sprinta Yamaha rode in the 250cc class for 3 seasons.
Petronas were pleased with the move and what it does for malaysian motorsport as well as the progression of thier young charge Syahrin:
“Petronas is extremely happy with this announcement. Our commitment to Malaysian motor sports remains focused”.
“Through structured motorsports sponsorship and talent development programmes, Petronas has played an instrumental role in providing right platforms for racing talents like Hafizh Syahrin and team management talents like Barry Leong and his Malaysian crew in the Team Petronas Raceline Malaysia to grow and flourish professionally.”
It means that Malaysia will have at least two riders to follow every race as Moto3 rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin looks set to move to the secondary Ajo team. There could yet be more to come as a whole host of talented young Malaysian riders have impressed in wild-card and replacement rides this season, getting one foot in the door for a World Championship seat.