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Home Heroes: Rain Masters

Home Heroes: Rain Masters

Three full time riders in the MotoGP™ World Championship call Sepang home, they’ll all be in contention especially if it’s wet.

Since 2010 Zulfahmi Khairuddin has been a regular name in the lightweight championship, participating in both the 125cc and Moto3™ classes. Throughout many of these years Khairuddin has been consistently inside the top 15 each race but his best year came in 2012 when he ended the championship in seventh overall. 2012 was also an incredibly special year for the Malaysian as he produced a stunning result at home, taking his first ever World Championship pole position at the Malaysian GP before battling with Sandro Cortese for victory. It all came down to a drag to the line in classic Moto3™ style with Khairuddin just missing out on victory, claiming second and his first World Championship podium all in front of a roaring home crowd.

The past two years have been tough for Khairuddin, in 2014 he ended the year in 20th and he currently sits 23rd in the 2015 rankings. However, recent rounds have shown a flash of his old self with a fifth in Japan and a respectable 12th last time out in Phillip Island. The Drive M7 SIC team that Khairuddin races for nominated Sepang as their testing track and will likely have a slight edge heading into the weekend with a predefined setting from winter testing.

Hafizh Syahrin exploded onto the world stage with an incredible podium at Sepang in 2012 when he made his second wildcard appearance. Now a full time rider in the Moto2™ World Championship, Syahrin has steadily grown as a rider and is a regular visitor to the points in both the wet and dry. The Malaysian is one of the true rain masters of the intermediate class and produced his best finish of the year, fifth, during a wet Japanese GP. A fan favourite, ‘The Fish’ will be hoping for rain again this weekend.

Another fantastic wet weather rider from Malaysia is Azlan Shah. The Idemitsu Honda Team Asia rider surprised many with a ground-breaking ride to fourth iat Motegi, by far his best result. During his debut season in 2014, Shah did not score a single point but in 2015 he has scored points on five occasions. There has never been a better time to be a fan of Malaysian racers, all three with a legitimate chance of the podium in the wet and could even surprise in the dry.

Moto2, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Zulfahmi Khairuddin, Hafizh Syahrin, Azlan Shah, Drive M7 SIC, Petronas Raceline Malaysia, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia

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