Monster Yamaha Tech 3 #55 Malaysian
Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah Syahrin was born on 5 May 1994 in Selangor, Malaysia. He is a Malaysian motorcycle racer. On 21 February 2018, he became the first ever Malaysian who competes in the MotoGP category.
He began racing pocket bikes at nine years old in minimoto. In 2012, Syahrin moved to the FIM CEV Repsol to compete in the European Moto2™ category. He also put in a wildcard appearance in the World Championship Moto2™ round in Malaysia, where he crossed the line in fourth after fighting at the front throughout – and was then promoted to third and his first ever podium result.
In 2007 at the age of 13, Syahrin started racing in the Cub Prix championship in dominating style finishing his first year on the Yamaha LC125 Cup class second overall.
His form continued the following year as the Petronas Sprinta Raceline team’s then youngest rider finished on the podium taking 3rd overall in the Yamaha Givi Cup in 2008.
In 2009 Syahrin started in the popular Malaysian Underbone series winning the opening race at Alor Setar, With 7 wins out of 8 rounds, and all the rest podium finishes, his dominance. He finished third in the Asia Road Racing Underbone 115cc Championship.
In 2010 16 year old Syahrin tore the competition apart in the Petronas Asia Road Racing Championship; with 600cc SuperSport bike to become the championship's youngest ever CP130 champion. He finished fourth in the same series in 2011.
In 2012 he raced in the Spanish Moto2 series and finishing sixth. In the Malaysian Moto2 Grand Prix, wild card Syahrin, led during the middle stages of on his way to fourth place. He was later promoted to a third place, after Anthony West was excluded.
In 2013, Syahrin made several more wildcard appearances and he scored a point at his home race in the Malaysian Moto2 Grand Prix and ended the CEV season third with two wins.
2014 saw Syahrin moved into full time Moto2 racing a Petronas Raceline Malaysia team Kalex and finish overall in 19th with 42 Points.
In 2015 he scored 64 points and 16th with season best finish 5th at Japanese Moto2 Grand Prix.
In 2016, Hafizh finished 4th at Qatar, Catalunya and Britain taking 10 finishes in the top 10 results.
He has since remained with the same team and in 2017 took another two podium finishes – his first visit to the rostrum – in his most impressive year to date.
In 2018, the Malaysian moves up to the premier class with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team, replacing Jonas Folger and in turn making history by becoming the first ever Malaysian rider in MotoGP.
- Roland Potter