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Syahrin Interview: Hopefully we can reach the podium

Syahrin Interview:  Hopefully we can reach the podium

Hafizh Syahrin chats to motogp.com about the steps he needs to take to reach the podium after an excellent start to the 2015 Moto2™ season.

Petronas Raceline Malaysia’s Syahrin already has three top-ten finishes to his name this season, and is currently level on points with Dominic Aegerter (12th) in the Moto2™ World Championship standings with 33 points:

Hafizh, it is just your second full time season in Moto2™ and yet,  apart from Italy, you haven’t finished outside the points yet…..
Yeah, this year is my second year in the World Championship we’re doing quite well and we have had positive races. From the first round to Catalunya we made a good job, but I wasn’t lucky in Italy because I have a fever and I get the flu, and I can’t have a good breathe to finish strong. I tried to push hard for two laps and I had a small mistake in the front and crashed. But, overall I’m happy with this year because we have 33 points now and last season we had 42 points for the whole season. We are much stronger in this first half of the season than last year, I’m happy with the team and the work we’re doing. We’re working to understand the bike and keep improving.

Motorcycle racing is one of the biggest growing sports in Malaysia thanks to series like the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup; do you feel under pressure to perform on the world stage?
For me it’s no pressure from the other Malaysian riders coming through, it’s great that more riders have a chance to race in the Shell Advanced Asia Talent Cup to show their talent. Maybe one day a young rider can replace me when I am old! I’m working hard for now to be the best and I try to help the new riders to learn faster in the Talent Cup, I’m happy that Malaysians have a lot of talent coming through. We also have some riders in the CEV and I hope they continue to work hard and never stop to keep learning.

You live in Barcelona?
Yeah, I have lived in Barcelona for about four years. I learn a lot from the situation of moving here and learning the food and learning Spanish. I’m happy to stay here as I’m more focused here, and my fans support me no matter what. In Malaysia there is a lot of passion and many people use and like motorbikes. Hopefully they continue to always support us.

Are you treated like a superstar when you go back to Malaysia?
I’m not like a superstar, but some people know me on the street! Some recognise I am rider and ask for a photo. I am always trying to be friendly with the fans.

You are consistently pushing for the top ten, what do you think is needed to allow you to challenge for the podium?
To get close to the podium you need to learn more about the skill and set up the bike. I also need to work harder and keep learning with every session and second on track. Hopefully we can reach the podium, but it’s not easy! It’s very hard and you need to work a lot. I’ve been working hard with training since the winter and haven’t stopped. When I’m training more, I’m stronger in the races.

Where does your nickname “Pescao” come from?
When I first came to Spain, my first year in CEV, and my first good result was in the rain. I started from pit lane because I made a decision to change the tyres and use slick tyres, then I start last and come to fifth in the race! So it was amazing and I made the fastest race lap! So it started there, as I seemed as happy as a fish in the wet. Also my name is ‘Hafizh’ and my team gave me the nickname ‘Fizh’ because it’s too difficult for them to say the full name, and this nickname is similar to ‘fish’ in English. Then I asked what fish was in Spanish and they say ‘Pescao’ and I like this and try to make a nice design and turn it into my nickname and logo, easy and simple!

Tags:
Moto2, 2015, Hafizh Syahrin, Petronas Raceline Malaysia

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