There were great results for Malaysian riders in the Moto2™ and Moto3™ races in Argentina, can they do it again in Austin?
A record-breaking race day in Argentina for Malaysian riders in the light and middleweight championships
- In the Moto3™ race Khairul Idham Pawi became the first Malaysian rider to win a grand prix in any class.
- Pawi is just the third Malaysian rider to finish on the podium in grand prix racing, joining: Muhammad Zulfahmi Khairuddin who twice finished on the podium in the Moto3™ class, and Hafizh Syahrin who has had a single Moto2™ podium.
- At the age of 17 years 196 days, Pawi is the youngest ever non-European rider to win a grand prix race, taking this record from Casey Stoner who was 18 years 17 days old when he won for the first time in the 125cc class at Valencia in 2003. The riders who have won at a younger age than Pawi have all been from either Italy, Spain or the United Kingdom.
- He is the first Asian rider to win a grand prix in any class since Yuki Takahashi won the Moto2™ race in Catalunya in 2010.
- Pawi is the first Asian rider to win in the lightweight-class since Tomoyoshi Koyama won the 125cc race in Catalunya in 2007.
- Along with Pawi’s win in Argentina, fellow Malaysian rider Hafizh Syahrin finished sixth in the Moto2™ race.
- Both Pawi and Syahrin now lie in fourth place in the respective championship standings. Malaysia are the only nationality to have riders in the top four in the standings in both the Moto2™ and Moto3™ classes.