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PETRONAS Talent Development: Rider Profile - Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah

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PETRONAS Motorsports
Talent Development
May 2011

Talent Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah, 17 years old
Team: PETRONAS Syntium Moto Yamaha Raceline
Championship(s): PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship
(600cc SuperSports category)
  Australian National Championship

Dubbed the “King of Pocket Bikes”, Hafizh was discovered by team manager Barry Leong purely by chance. The Selangor-born boy had developed an interest in motorcycles from an early age and upon the young lad’s insistence, his father introduced him to pocket bikes at the age of 9.

It was not long before his talent began to show after his racing debut on pocket bikes the following year. Dominating the pocket bike category soon after, he was discovered by Barry at one of the pocket bike tracks.

In 2007 at the age of 13, Hafizh made his debut in the Cub Prix championship in dominating style finishing his first year on the YAMAHA LC135 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 the process also making waves through his spot entries in the Novice category with impressive results.

Hafizh started the 2009 season on a high winning the opening race of the season at Alor Setar with a win in the Novice category. With 7 wins out of 8 rounds, with the other being a podium finish, his dominance in the category was unrivalled that he opted to forego the final two rounds. The youngster switched to race against his more illustrious and seasoned seniors in the Expert category with podium results.

Graduating to take on the expert category in 2010, the switch was seamless as Hafizh literally broke down all the barriers and tore the competition apart. Despite a massive revamp in the technical regulations that led to the renaming of the expert category to become the CP130 category; these changes did little to rattle Hafizh's cage.

By the time the season drew to a close in Penang's Padang Kota Lama, the 16-year old had obliterated the competition to emerge as the championship's youngest ever CP130 champion, erasing the record set by Norizman Ismail who was the Expert champion in 2005 at the age of 20.

2010 was also significant as the 16-year old made the step up to the bigger league, the PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship aboard a 600cc SuperSport bike. Against a much older and experienced field, the youngster held his own to finish his debut season in a respectable 12th from 39 riders.

For the 2011 season, Hafizh will continue to race in the PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship along with entries in the Australian National Championship. 

Career Highlights

Date of Birth 5 May 1994
Place of birth Selangor
Nationality Malaysian
Racing Debut 2004
2010 CHAMPION - CP130 - PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship

Debut, 12th Overall SuperSport 600cc Category, PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship
2009 CHAMPION - Novice Category - PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship, 8 podiums - 7 x wins, 1 x 2nd place

14th Overall Expert Category, PETRONAS Malaysian Cub Prix Championship, 2 podiums 1 x 2nd place, 1 x 3rd place

Underbone 115cc PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship
2008 3rd overall - YAMAHA GIVI Cup, 2 x wins
2007 2nd overall - YAMAHA  LC135cup, 3 x wins
2005 Multiple championship holder in air-cooled and water-cooled classes - pocket bikes
2004 Started racing pocket bikes


latest news

NEWS: Moto2 - Valencia Disappoints For Hafizh
The final Moto2 wildcard ride for PETRONAS Raceline Malaysia's Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah turned out to be a disappointment for the talented young 19 year old as he crashed out in the first lap at the final leg of the 2013 World Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP) held at the Ricardo Tomo Circuit in Valencia, Spain, last weekend.


TDP: NEWS - 2013 - Decade Long Wait Ends As Team PETRONAS Raceline Malaysia Goes Full Season In 2014
PETRONAS is pleased to announce that Team PETRONAS Raceline Malaysia will be entering the Moto2 class of the 2014 World Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP) on a full-season basis with its rider, Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah. The announcement is made pursuant to a written confirmation from DORNA and IRTA to Team PETRONAS Raceline Malaysia manager, Barry Leong.

NEWS: Moto2 - Another Praiseworthy Performance From Hafizh In Red-Flagged Moto2 Race
PETRONAS Talent Development Programme rider, Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah wrapped up his third wildcard appearance for the season after Catalunya and Le Mans  on a positive note as the 19-year old improved two spots from his qualifying position to finish 16th in a red-flagged Moto2 race at the Malaysian MotoGP in Sepang today



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