Rider Profile: HAFIZH SYAHRIN ABDULLAH
||Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah, 17 years old
||PETRONAS Syntium Moto Yamaha Raceline
||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.
|Date of Birth
||5 May 1994
|Place of birth
||CHAMPION - CP130 - PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship
Debut, 12th Overall SuperSport 600cc Category, PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship
||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
||3rd overall - YAMAHA GIVI Cup, 2 x wins
||2nd overall - YAMAHA LC135cup, 3 x wins
||Multiple championship holder in air-cooled and water-cooled classes - pocket bikes
||Started racing pocket bikes