PETRONAS Sprinta Racing end first preseason test for 2019 with good feeling

Khairul Idham Pawi ends three-day test at Jerez in 21st position after building important experience with new bike and team ahead of 2019.

PETRONAS Sprinta Racing have completed a successful three-day test at the Jerez Circuit – Angel Nieto. The first session of the 2019 preseason provided a positive first outing for Khairul Idham Pawi and his new team and bike, with all parties feeling satisfied with their progress. Pawi finished the Jerez test in 21st position and confident that there is plenty of margin for improvement before the season starts.

With his work programme again interrupted by rain on Saturday, the Malaysian’s work was today also conditioned by the combination of both a wet and dry track. The Malaysian rider just contested the first session of the day, clocking up 25 laps and achieving a best time of 1’56.127.

PETRONAS Sprinta Racing now sign off from 2018 and are looking forward to a promising 2019 campaign for the Malaysian outfit.


RESULTS (Combined days)

1. LUCA MARINI / Kalex 1:41.524
2. SAM LOWES / Kalex +0.268
3. ALEX MARQUEZ / Kalex +0.377
4. REMY GARDNER / Kalex +0.467
21. KHAIRUL IDHAM PAWI / PETRONAS Sprinta Racing +1.488


Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“It has been incredible for the whole team to work with the new Kalex, the Triumph engine and this chassis, it was time for something new in Moto2. We are very surprised with Pawi; he is a nice kid and a very good rider. He is giving us some interesting feedback and I think he has a lot of potential. He had a very tough 2018 and we have to help him get his confidence back, which was one of the objectives of this test. We have had quite a bit of dry track time and been able to analyse a few details. We are just missing a lap time because Pawi has given a lot more than the timesheets suggest. Now we are going to take a break before next year, when we return to action for more tests. Thanks to everybody for their hard work!.”

#89 Khairul Idham Pawi
“I am very happy with the work we have done with the team over these three days in Jerez. In dry conditions we improved every time we went out, and even though we struggled a bit more in the wet we have plenty of time ahead to work on things and improve. I am satisfied with the test, it has been a very positive experience and I am looking forward to getting back on track in the next one in 2019.”