Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah #Pescao55 (born in 1994) is a Grand Prix motorcycle racer from Malaysia, racing in Moto2 class. He began his career at the age of 9 in ‘pocket bikes’, and eventually was nicknamed ‘King of Pocket Bikes’. Dominating the pocket bike category soon after, his talent was then discovered at one of the pocket bike tracks. Later n 2007 at the age of 13, Syahrin 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.
Syahrin 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. He finished third in the Asia Road Racing Underbone 115cc Championship.
Graduating to take on the expert category in 2010, the switch was seamless as Syahrin 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 Syahrin’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. He finished fourth in the same series in 2011. He moved into the Spanish Moto2 series in 2012, finishing sixth.
In 2012 wild-card Syahrin led during the middle stages of Malaysian Grand Prix on his way to fourth place. The result was later promoted to a third-place finish, after Anthony West’s results were expunged in November 2013.
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