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Khairul Idham Pawi becomes the first Malaysian to win a Grand Prix thanks to an unbelievable performance in Argentina.
Having led a soaking wet morning Warm Up, Khairul Idham Pawi had already raised eyebrows before the race. Starting from seventh on the grid, a three place penalty for slow riding demoting him from fourth, Pawi made an excellent start to the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina. While the rest of the Moto3™ World Championship had a cautious start to the race, which was held in mixed conditions, Pawi powered ahead. The Malaysian’s pace was almost unbelievable as he consistently lapped close to three seconds faster than the rest of the field. He would eventually cross the line 26.170 seconds ahead of second place and a take historic first win for Malaysia.
Pawi’s rise has been almost as rapid as his race pace; the Malaysian cut his teeth racing under-bone scooters in Malaysia before joining the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Championship in 2015. This was his first time racing outside of Asia and he managed second in just his second race. He would conclude the CEV season in sixth with two seconds places and a third. Now, in just his third appearance on the world stage, he has achieved what no Malaysian has done before and won a race. Not just won, but dominated. Regardless of what happens in the coming rounds, Pawi has stamped his name in the history books and no doubt draw a crowd at his home GP later in the year.
Khairul Idham Pawi: “For the race today I am so happy! There were difficult conditions on the track but I tried to keep my lap time and hang onto first position. I pushed really hard in the first lap to escape from the others. It’s good for me this race, thank you.”