PETALING JAYA: Khairul Idham Pawi is ready to step up to the challenge when he makes his CP115 debut in the Petronas AAM Malaysian Cub Championship in Temerloh, Pahang on Saturday.
Khairul made the switch to the intermediate class after clinching last year’s Wira title in spectacular fashion – winning eight of the 10 rounds.
It was just reward for his team Kozi Yam Honda Racing, who have been focusing on the Wira class the last two seasons.
The Perak-born Khairul is also set to compete in the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championships this year after earning a seat with Honda Team Asia.
It was achieved after he won last year’s Honda Asia Dream Cup, which is held at the same time as the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC).
“I can’t wait to start my CP115 debut. For every rider, moving up the ranks is like taking a step closer to his dream – that is to race at the highest level,” said Khairul.
“Of course I’ll feel nervous when I line on the grid ... but I’m also very curious to see how I’ll fare against our rivals in the first round ... I’m definitely aiming for a top-five finish (in Temerloh).
“Competing in the CP115, however, will be tougher as the grid is mixed with experienced riders and new guys like me.
“But I’ll just keep working on improving as I’ve not reached my peak yet.”