He's passed the exam! The three-day test in Buriram has convinced team Tech3 to entrust its second Yamaha to Hafizh Syahrin for the entire 2018 season. The Malaysian will take up the baton from Jonas Folger, forced to sit out the upcoming season due to health problems.
For the Asian rider, the Chang test was one he had to get right and now comes the news he was dreaming of: “I’m incredibly delighted after receiving the good news, that I will ride with Monster Yamaha Tech3 in 2018. During the Buriram test, in just a short time, I really learned to fully control a MotoGP bike, which is still unbelievable for me. I want to thank Hervé and my family, that always supported me, plus thanks to my fans. I’m looking forward to test again in Qatar and I’ll be even more motivated.”
Various names have been linked to team Tech3 in recent weeks. From Cortese to Aegerter, without forgetting Hernandez, who tested the M1 at Sepang, but was bound by his Pedercini contract. Hervé Poncharal has therefore decided to go with Syahrin, the first Malaysian in history to compete in MotoGP: " In Sepang I met Razlan Razali, we were just chatting and now and then you have crazy ideas, which are sometimes the ones that bring the best result. We had to give him a tough task during the three days of testing in Buriram. In the end, he did a tremendous job, he fulfilled the mission. Yamaha was more than happy with his performance".
It is clear from Hervé's face that he is pleased: "I am very honored and proud to give him this chance and I know this is going to be something historical, because it’s the first time that a Malaysian rider is racing a full season on a MotoGP bike. He will learn from the team and from Johann. I can’t wait to see him on our bike in Qatar.”