Difficult Saturday for Khairul Idham Pawi in Argentina

PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider will start from ninth row after finishing 25th in qualifying.

Khairul Idham Pawi will start tomorrow’s Argentina GP from 25th on the grid, as the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider lowered his previous best time from yesterday in FP3 but could not repeat the feat in Q1.

In the morning, the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider continued work on his race setup at Termas de Rio Hondo, also looking to climb positions on the timesheets. Despite not progressing directly into Q2, Khairul Idham Pawi finished FP3 in 24th place, with a 1:43.825 time half a second faster than his best lap from Friday.

In the afternoon, the Malaysian rider completed a total of 8 laps in Q1, the best of which was a 1:44.037. He was 2 tenths off the time he set in FP3, and placed 11th. He will start from the ninth row on Sunday.

Today the PETRONAS Sepang Racing Team are participating in Earth Hour, a global awareness campaign about climate change.

The second Moto2 race of the season, contested over 23 laps, starts at 1:20pm local time tomorrow.


1. XAVI VIERGE / Kalex 1:42.726
2. MARCEL SCHROTTER / Kalex +0.011
3. SAM LOWES / Kalex +0.012
4. ALEX MARQUEZ / Kalex +0.047
5. THOMAS LUTHI / Kalex +0.130
25. KHAIRUL IDHAM PAWI / PETRONAS Sprinta Racing +1.311

#89 Khairul Idham Pawi 

“In FP3 we tried to improve our lap times and go faster. We had a small technical setback that didn’t allow us to give our all, but fortunately we solved that in time for qualifying. In Q1 the temperature rose and I didn’t have too much grip, which caused me to lose some time. We will start from the back of the grid, so we’ll have to be very focused. The objective for tomorrow is to get as close as possible to the points and have a good race.”