PETALING JAYA: It would have been just easy for Danial Syahmi Shahril (pic) to give up bike racing after a horrible crash but he is made of sterner stuff.
Danial has showed true grit to return to racing and that’s why getting on the start line for the Asia Talent Cup (ATC) season starting in Qatar this weekend is already a victory of sorts for him.
The 18-year-old suffered a horrible crash at the season-ending ATC race at Sepang in 2018 and spent more than a year recovering from his injuries.
He shattered his right shin bone and the leg was shortened by 10cm because of the motorcycle crash.
Danial is just happy to be back on a bike after being out of action so long.
“I spent almost a year in hospital recovering from my injuries. The recovery process was tough but the thought of giving up without trying to see how far I can go in motor racing was what pushed me to patiently wait for the return, ” said Danial, who hopes to repay his backers’ faith in him.
“It has been a step by step recovery process and I can’t believe I am back racing.
“Sepang International Circuit did not give up on me all this while.
“I thought my leg would be amputated but I had the best treatment to help me recover.
“My legs are not as it was before but I can cycle well now. We have been doing cycling and gym training sessions with former national cyclist Josiah Ng for the last few weeks.
“I want to show that I can still be fast on a bike and hopefully get a top three overall finish in the championship, ” added Danial, who will have a thumb-operated brake to make it easier for him to ride.
Danial ended the 2018 campaign in ATC in fourth overall position.