Khairul Idham Pawi produced a wonderful ride to claim his second Moto3 win of the season at the German Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Sachsenring Circuit on Sunday.
The 17-year-old Malaysian prodigy, who rides for Honda Team Asia, started Sunday in encouraging fashion as he topped the morning warm-up session.
When the main event began, Pawi was aggressive in wet and challenging conditions. A fast start saw him jump into seventh place after the first lap. With the riders around him seemingly frightened by the slippery surface, Pawi sensed his chance and made some daring moves to be leading after five laps.
The talented rider was fearless in his pursuit of victory. On lap 14 he was instructed by team manager and former racer Tadayuki Okada to slow down after he ran off the track. However, the youngster continued to push until the end.
He crossed the finish line in 47:07.763 with Italian Andrea Locatelli second in 47:18.894.
Pole-sitter Enea Bastianini of Italy settled for third in 47:21.122.
Fellow Malaysian Adam Norrodin of SIC Racing Team did not finish the race after he crashed on lap 15.
“I am happy and grateful for this win,” a jubilant Pawi beamed after his triumph.
“I only wanted to go for championship points, but as it continued to rain I knew I had a chance to do well.
“This is a difficult circuit and I am thankful everything worked out well in the end.
“Many thanks to my crew members. This victory is for my loved ones and the Malaysians back home who support me.”
Pawi is fast making a name for himself as a wet weather specialist. In the second round of the championship in Argentina, he made history by becoming the first Malaysian rider to win a race in the World Championship. On that day in April the rain poured down too.
Pawi is now 10th overall in the championship standings with 54 points.