New comer in MotoGP this season, as a replacement for Jonas Folger, Hafizh Syahrin is making an impression and getting the spotlights more onto the malaysian riders. Hervé Poncharal, Tech 3′s team manager, whose team will end years of partnership with Yamaha to join the rank of KTM, liked it so much he put a ring on it for 2019!

Hafizh Syahrin: 

It’s hard
for me to say and to believe. First of all, I have to say thank you very
much to Hervé for trusting in me and giving me this opportunity to stay
with the Tech3 family and at the same time to join the KTM family. I
also have to express a huge thank you to my manager Dato’ Razlan, who
helped me to achieve this dream arriving in the MotoGP class, plus thank
you to KTM for believing in Hervé and in me. I will work hard for 2019
and I’ll be better prepared, as this is not as surprising as this
season. I’m incredibly happy to get this chance, I even feel close to
cry for joy. Thanks to everybody and especially to Hervé and Dato’
Razlan for always believing in me.

Hervé Poncharal (Team Manager):

“Today is a very special
day for me and for the whole Tech3 team! Since Hafizh jumped on our
MotoGP bike, it’s been like a dream, every single day, because he’s been
very fast and a lot faster than some people were thinking and we’ve
been very proud of what he did. I know it was a great achievement for a
Malaysian rider to be the first one of his country arriving in the
MotoGP class, for his first ever MotoGP race, he scored points and since
that day he has been consistently battling for the top rookie spot and
apart from that, Hafizh is a very special character. He is a very nice
young man, very well educated, very humble, very respectful of
everything, hard-working, wanting and wishing to learn a lot, which is
what he is doing and a very funny guy, too, a fact I like a lot.
Everybody who knows Tech3 a little bit, is aware that I always consider
my team my family, I always try to have this family atmosphere in the
garage. Hafizh fits in very well and he makes everybody laugh. From
almost day one we started to work with him, I wanted to give Hafizh a
second year, because year one is important to learn, but the second year
is maybe even more important to prove yourself. Clearly, for us all to
move to our new project with KTM, where we have the insurance that the
four KTM on the grid in 2019 will be the same evolution, it’s going to
be a massive boost for Hafizh. He will be on the same machine like
Miguel Oliveira, Johann Zarco and Pol Espargaro and this is a great
challenge. I’m very proud to take this challenge together with Hafizh,
always with the support of Razlan. I think we got the best rider, we
could have picked for our 2019 line-up and I’m quite sure that Miguel
Oliveira and Hafizh Syahrin will be a strong package of new talented and
ambitious riders. Tonight, we are a happy team, because everything is
clear and decided, so welcome for another year, Hafizh!”