Hafizh Syahrin

The 2018 season sees 23-year-old Hafizh Syahrin become the first Malaysian rider to compete full time in the MotoGP World Championship as he joins the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team to partner Johann Zarco. Born in Selangor, Syahrin started racing pocket bikes at the age of nine and impressed as he made his way through the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) ranks. After finishing 20th in his first Moto2 World Championship wildcard at his home round in Malaysia, he made the move to the Spanish CEV Moto2 Championship in 2012, showing great potential on his way to finishing sixth overall in just his debut year. He would once again wildcard in the Moto2 World Championship in Malaysia that season, this time stunning the globe and serving notice on his talent by leading the race at one stage, before crossing the line in fourth. Due to a disqualification of another rider at a later date, he was eventually awarded third place and his first Moto2 World Championship podium… in just his second race on the world stage.

The 2013 season saw him finish third overall in the CEV Moto2 Championship after taking two victories and recording another five podiums in just nine races. He once again impressed in a number of wildcards in the full Moto2 World Championship, scoring a point at his home race at Malaysia after finishing in 15th. These performances saw him make the step up to the Moto2 World Championship full time for the 2014 season, finishing in 19th overall after recording nine point-scoring finishes. He improved to record five top-ten finishes during the 2015 season, ending the championship in 16th overall. The talented young Malaysian's star continued to rise in 2016 as became a regular feature in the top ten, ending the season in ninth overall with seven finishes in the top six. The 2017 season saw him record podiums at San Marino and Motegi on his way to finishing the year in tenth overall. Following the news that Jonas Folger would not ride for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team in 2018 due to illness, it was announced that Syahrin would be replacing him full time after impressing as a stand-in at the Official Thailand Test.