Khairul Idham Pawi’s stunning victory at the Argentina GP has caused an overwhelming sensation in Malaysia. It took only two races for the 17 years old from Kampong Gajah to climb on the top of the podium since he has started taking part in Moto3 world championship racing as an official rider for Honda Team Asia. The whole country celebrated the first ever Malaysian winner in the world championship, and the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was no exception.
Prime Minister Najib applauded the cinderella rider on twitter: “Congratulations on Khairul Idham Pawi who made history as the first Malaysian rider to win Moto3 championship at the Argentina GP. A victory to be proud of!”
More than anyone else, it might have been Pawi himself to be surprised at this achievement, because it was only four years ago that he had started racing activities.
“It was in 2012 that I had started racing in Malaysia Cub Prix WIRA Championship. I rode the Honda for this underbone category. I have finished in eleventh that year and seventh in 2013. Adam (Norrodin/ Drive M7 SIC Racing Team) has been a good friend of mine since those days. In 2014, I won the championship both in Malaysia Cub Prix and Asia Dream Cup where I met Hiroki (Ono). We raced together for FIM CEV Repsol Championship in 2015. Which means, all of these years, I’ve been riding only Honda motorcycles!”
Pawi also said now he has begun training harder than previous years to prepare for Moto3 world championship.
“When I am back in home, I always go to gym. And I ride a CBR250 at the racetrack near of my home, 1km more or less. The only problem there is that I cannot carry high speed because the track is small and the surface is very bumpy!”
And, who is his hero? The fresh winner of Moto3 class said it is Marc Marquez.
“When I was in Malaysia, I always watched his race on TV. Only Marc, not others. His determination and always-giving-100% approach is what I want to learn from him. For sure, I would like to be a MotoGP rider someday, and that is why I also always give 100% to make it happen!”