No local wildcard entry for Sepang Motorcycle GP

SEPANG: Sepang International Circuit (SIC) will not execute its right to nominate a local to take up the wildcard entry for the Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix this weekend.

SIC chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali said there is no point in fielding a local rider when they are not ready to race at the world championship stage.

“We don’t want to enter for the sake of entering. The fans will support them at the start but when the rider doesn’t do well, he will be criticised and this will demotivate him,” said Razlan.

“A rider has to show he’s ready to race at the world championship level first.

“We prefer to continue to develop them at the feeder series like the CEV World Junior Championships and we can gauge their readiness from there,” he said.

Malaysia will only be represented by Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah in the MotoGP and Adam Norrodin in Moto2.

Hafizh, however, will move down to Moto2 while Adam will go back to racing in the Moto2 category with Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin at the CEV World Junior Championships next year.

Khairul Idham Pawi, who is currently recovering from a hand injury, is also slated to move back from Moto2 to Moto3 next year.

“There is still a good chance for Hafizh to move back into the premier class if he can impress in Moto2 next year. It will also depend a lot on seat availability and it’s crucial for him to prove his worth again,” said Razlan.

“It’s not easy developing a rider. It’s not an overnight job and the earliest we can see Malaysians racing in all categories in the world championship stage again is probably in 2021.”

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