KIP returns to Spanish soil with renewed aspirations

  • Motorsport
  • Saturday, 17 Oct 2020

PETALING JAYA: Petronas Sprinta Racing Moto3 rider Khairul Idham Pawi (pic) could afford to be nostalgic at the Aragon Grand Prix this weekend.

The 22-year-old has fond memories of the circuit in Spain, as it was there that he made his world championship debut in 2015.

Khairul, who finished 19th at the French GP last weekend, will be looking to make further progress at the Spanish circuit across the next two races.

‘KIP’ said he is up for the challenge although he considers the 5.078km track to be one of the more difficult circuits on the calendar.

“There are a lot of fast corners and there aren’t as many places that require hard braking as we have had in recent races. It’s got a great mixture of fast and slow corners, ” said Khairul who has yet to score points in the championship.

“I think it’s going to be very important to set lap times with other riders, to utilise the slipstream, because the straights are quite long and it’s a long circuit.

“I think you will see the difference in times between those riders who do this and those who set the time alone. It’s not an easy circuit so we will have to see what happens.”

Teammate John McPhee will be aiming to stay at the sharp end of the field and have an incident-free race after the disappointment in France, where he was taken out by another rider.

The Scot enjoyed a positive event at Aragon last year, showing strong pace in free practice and ending the race just 0.066secs shy of the podium.

He will also be looking to move back up the standings, where he is currently fifth with 98 points.

“Last weekend’s result was unfortunate, but there’s still five races left and the main thing is that we’ve been fast at every event. We are looking to continue this form at Aragon and have a better result there, ” said McPhee.

“I was strong at last year’s GP and it is somewhere that I like a lot... with two races there we have a lot of time to work on the settings, make sure we have a good feeling with the bike and get into a good rhythm. I’m looking forward to what will hopefully be two strong weekends.”

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