Malaysia bank on trio to rev it up in ATC

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s hopes of a good run in the 2021 Asia Talent Cup (ATC) will be riding on talented youngsters Danial Syahmi Shahril, Sharul Ezwan Sharil and Hakim Danish Ramli.The ATC is the MotoGP development series and comprise of a six-round, 12-race championship.

It is slated to kick off with the first two races at Losail International Circuit in Doha in March, depending on the Covid-19 situation.

The 18-year-old Danial is making his comeback to racing in ATC. He had impressed during the 2018 season but suffered a horrific crash at the season-ending race that year. He suffered a shattered right shinbone which nearly ended his career.

Sharul, 16, briefly competed in the ATC season last year, which was cut short due to Covid-19.

He, however, went on to compete a full season in the European Talent Cup (ETC) last year.

At 13 years of age, Hakim is the youngest of the three and earned his place by virtue of his dominant victory in the SIC MiniGP Championship (160cc) at Sepang last month.

ZK Racing team manager Zulfahmi Khairuddin has high hopes for the trio.

“I believe all three can be competitive this year with the right guidance. I’m optimistic the boys will do well in ATC because we have a good preparation programme lined up for them.

“We will need to work on their fitness as well as their riding style. We want them to be more mature as riders.

“Danial needs to be challenging for podium positions in every race and Sharul should also be fighting amongst the front group with the experience he gained from competing in Europe.

“As for Hakim, it is a little too early to put any expectations on him. We just want him to find his rhythm and gain experience, ” said Zulfahmi, a former world championship rider.

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