Syahrin de­lights mas­sive crowd

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Lo­cal hero Hafizh Syahrin de­lighted a big­gest-ever crowd at a Malaysian grand prix by bring­ing his Mon­ster Yamaha Tech 3 ma­chine home in­side the top ten for one of his best-ever Mo­togp re­sults.

The Malaysian re­ceived a warm re­cep­tion from the 104,000-strong crowd by com­ing home just be­hind Jack Miller and Danilo Petrucci.

Vis­i­bly tense and look­ing to be car­ry­ing the ex­pec­ta­tions of the whole crowd on his shoul­ders be­fore the race, Syahrin ad­mit­ted that it had been dif­fi­cult to man­age his feel­ings but it was worth the ex­tra stress to be able to re­ward his fans.

“On the grid, I was feel­ing a lit­tle emo­tional and even cried a bit be­fore the race. When I saw my fa­ther on the grid I cried again, but af­ter that I knew I had to give ev­ery­thing and do a good job. The fans be­lieved in me and I’m so happy I was able to re­pay them.”

Mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing in the re­gion has gone through a huge up­surge in pop­u­lar­ity with crowds at Sep­ang go­ing from 20,000 to over 100,000 since the in­au­gu­ral race in 2001.

And while Syahrin’s re­sult might be the high point of Malaysian rac­ing to date, it’s just the lat­est step in a com­pre­hen­sive, gov­ern­ment-backed plan to de­liver a lo­cal world cham­pion, a plan that in 2019 sees the Petronas-spon­sored Se pang In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit team en­ter the premier class with Franco Mor­bidelli and Fabio Quar­tararo aboard fac­tory-sup­ported Yamaha ma­chines.

‘The fans be­lieved in me. I’m so happy I was able to re­pay them’

Lo­cal Tech 3 rider notched one of his best re­sults yet Fans gave Syahrin a hero’s re­cep­tion

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