Damok aims to run amok in Moto3 debut at Aragon

PETALING JAYA: Up-and-coming rider Syarifuddin Azman (pic) has been handed a golden opportunity to make an impression at the Grand Prix of Aragon next weekend. Syarifuddin, fondly known as Damok, will make his Moto3 debut alongside Darryn Binder with the Petronas Sprinta Racing team in place of John McPhee, who will ride in Moto2.

The 19-year-old Syarifuddin made heads turn when he won the Barcelona round of the FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship in June.

“I am so happy and so excited to race in the world championship for the first time,” said Syarifuddin.

“I want to thank Petronas Sepang Racing Team for giving me this opportunity.

“It’s a valuable chance that doesn’t come along often, so I am working even harder to give my best in the race.”

Briton’s Jake Dixon will also contest one more round in the MotoGP class at Aragon after a solid first outing in front of his home fans at the recent British Grand Prix alongside Italian Valentino Rossi.

Dixon finished 19th despite having no previous experience riding in the premier class.

Team principal Datuk Razlan Razali said the current dynamic status of the team allowed for exciting opportunities for new talents.

“We were satisfied with Jake’s MotoGP debut, so we want to give him the opportunity to continue learning in the MotoGP class in Aragon.

“This of course leaves a space in his seat in Moto2 which we will give to John.

“Subsequently, this leaves a perfect platform for us to give his seat to Syarifuddin.

“Syarifuddin has won one round in Barcelona and I think it’s a great chance for him to gain experience and for us to gauge his level in the world championship,” added Razlan.

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