PETALING JAYA: Moto3’s Khairul Idham Pawi has hung up his helmet but Kasma Daniel Kasmayuddin (pic) says he still has plenty of gas left in the tank.
Kasma is not throwing in the towel despite having to forget about his world championship dream this year.
He spent three years in the CEV Europe and Moto2 world championships but was resigned to returning to the country at the end of the year after his team Onexox TKKR SAG faced financial difficulties.
However, he was given a lifeline when Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor confirmed yesterday that Kasma will return to the Malaysian Cub Prix Championship which kicks off at the Sepang International Circuit this weekend.
Kasma will join Mohd Haziq Fairues and Nazirul Izzat Bahauddin in the team’s bid to reclaim the CP150 title.
But his participation has caused a stir as many see it as a step backwards.
The talented 20-year-old proved to be a force to be reckoned with when he clinched the CP115 title in 2015, then picked up the CP130 crown the next year and became the first rider to win the CP150 title in 2017 with the current team.
Kasma asserted that this latest move will help prolong his career as a professional rider.
“I know there have been some negative comments. I respect everyone’s opinion, but at the end of the day, I’m making the best decision for my own career.
“I will ride as long as I’m healthy, ” added Kasma, who is hoping to return to winning ways in the national championship.
“It’s not going to be easy as there are many riders eyeing the title too. I hope to settle down fast as it’s been some time since I rode in the CP150.”
In other developments, Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor announced that CP125 defending champion Syafiq Rosli will stay in the same class and will partner Aliff Daniel.
The organisers are hopeful of concluding the 10-round championship by December.