Super KIP allowed to leave for Spanish GP

NATIONAL Moto3 rider Khairul Idham Pawi has been allowed to leave for Spain to compete in the World Motorcycle Grand Prix Championship (MotoGP) after being stranded following European Union’s rules.

Khairul Idham, nicknamed Super KIP, departed early yesterday morning after being granted exemption and permission to enter Spain ahead of the Spanish GP race at the Jerez Circuit on July 17-19.

“I’m so happy and grateful especially after having come to the airport and was denied to depart twice, I finally get to do so today. Thank you to the Youth and Sports Ministry, Immigration Department, National Security Council and all concerned in facilitating my travel,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The 21-year-old was scheduled to leave for Spain last Friday, but was stranded at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport following the European Union’s rule of allowing only those from 15 countries to enter the union, and Malaysia is not on the list.

Besides Khairul Idham, Malaysian representatives scheduled to compete in the Spanish GP are Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah of the Aspar Team and Kasma Daniel Kasmayu- din representing the ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team, who will compete in the Moto2 category.

“I will do my best for the country. Please show your support to me and the other riders,” said Khairul Idham, who will compete in the Moto3 class this season after competing in the Moto2 class for three seasons.

This season’s MotoGP Championship was postponed in March after a race in Qatar due to the Covid-19 outbreak. — Bernama