National Moto3 racer, Khairul Idham Pawi has raised some eyebrows after his impressive achievements in winning the Argentine and German GP, as he became the first Malaysian to clinch a Moto3 race category.
Only at the tender age of 17, Khairul’s success is even more astonishing considering the fact that he raced to the top from the last position in Germany, and this has caught the attention of our very own professional driver, Alex Yoong.
The 40-year-old was in town for the Malaysian leg of the 2016 Audi R8 LMS Cup at Sepang, and he had this to say about the development of the Perak-born rider, who is also fondly known as Super KIP.
“He’s doing well for himself so far. I heard he’s really good on wet surfaces like all other drivers in Europe, but my only advice would be that he has to replicate it on dry tracks as well since wet tracks are a rare occurrence,” he told Fourth Official.
Khairul’s dominance on wet tracks was apparent as it can be seen during his German GP win, but it’s also clear that he needs to improve on dry surfaces after some uninspiring performances.
With that said, Alex is feeling optimistic about possibly having a local world champion in the near future.
“We are having more riders coming through the ranks than car racers, due to the vast difference in the cost needed to further your career.
“Bikes are so much cheaper compared to the huge capital you need for cars, and the emergence of riders is making me hopeful to see a world champion one day,” he added.