08.06.2020 | news

KIP: My First…

That first time on a bike is one that isn’t easily forgotten. It’s the moment in time when you know that, as soon as you can, you’re going to be riding them. For some, it signals the start of a career in motorcycle racing.

We caught up with each of our riders to find out what their first biking memory was and learnt about some of their other biking firsts. Next up to reveal a bit more about their biking life is PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto3 rider Khairul Idham Pawi…

 

First Biking Memory…

I always loved to watch bike racing from when I was very young. It is because of this that I have always wanted to become a racer myself and now, especially with the support from my family, I can say that I am!

 

First Race…

My first race was in 2012 at Batu Kawan and I remember feeling so happy because it was my dream to be a racer and I was finally able to start living that dream. I was so excited to get started and to fight with the other racers. It was really difficult in the beginning, as I came to racing a little bit later than most - I was thirteen years old. I had wanted to start on the pocket bikes, but at the time my father couldn’t afford it. However, later on he was able to find a way to help get me started and reach my dream.

 

First Podium…

My first podium was in the Malaysian Cub Prix at Batu Kawan, same as my first race. To be on the podium when I had only just started racing was amazing and it felt so good.

 

First Time on the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing bike…

The first time I rode the bike was at Sepang Circuit. It was the first test with the Moto2 bike and I was feeling really excited to start the season with the team. To be riding for a local team, and with a local sponsor that also sponsors a Formula One team, was such an amazing feeling for me. The team is fantastic and we learnt so much at that test. It was great riding the Moto2 bike and I have the same feelings being back riding the Moto3 bike for them.

 

First Racing Hero…

My racing idol is Marc Marquez. I first met him in the garage when I was racing in the CEV championship and that was a great moment. I also saw him in the airport after my win in 2016 and spoke with him. For me, it was a great moment to speak with my idol.

 

First Racing Rivalry…

My first racing rivalry was in that first year of racing in 2012. I was fighting for the championship, which was so nerve-wracking and exciting. I needed to win as many races as possible and it was crazy to have that much pressure in my first year, but everything was going well. I was fighting so hard with the top guys like Akid Aziz in that championship that in the last race I nearly crashed! In the end the difference in points was quite small between us, so I was really happy with that.

 

First Racing Friendship…

That would have to be Harith Farhan. We met when competing in the Cub Prix and we’re still friends now! We quite often go cycling together, which is really nice. 

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