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16-year-old Amirul Hafiq Mohd Azmi (left) will continue to race in the Moto3 World Championship till the end of the year, replacing the injured Alessandro Tonucci of Italy of team Touchline-SIC-Ajo.
SEPANG: There is good news for wildcard Amirul Hafiq Mohd Azmi despite failing to complete the Moto3 race in the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit on Sunday.
The 16-year-old Amirul will replace injured Alessandro Tonucci of Italy in the remaining rounds of this season’s Moto3 World Championship.
Riding for Touchline-SIC-Ajo team, Amirul started well on Sunday to move from 32nd on the grid to 20th by the end of the first lap. But he crashed out after losing control of his KTM bike at Turn 14.
Sepang International Circuit chief executive officer Datuk Ahmad Razlan Razali said Amirul was crestfallen after failing to complete the race.
“When I met him after the race, he broke into tears and I could see that he was truly disappointed. But he cheered up after we told him we were working out a deal to give him a chance to race in the remaining rounds of the season. There is seldom an opportunity like this and we want another chance for Amirul to prove himself.”
Amirul created history in 2011 when he became the first Malaysian rider to be selected for the Red Bull Rookies Cup. He finished the season 18th overall with 44 points.
He was retained for a second year in 2012 where he improved his performance by finishing 16th overall with 63 points.
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