Points in next 4-race crucial for KIP to save career

The 22-year-old rider’s contract will only be extended if he displays better result

MALAYSIA’S Moto3 rider Khairul Idham Pawi (KIP) needs to turn in positive results in his remaining four races in the World MotoGP Championship to continue his motoring career next season.

Petronas Sprinta Racing team principal Datuk Ahmad Razlan Ahmad Razali stressed that they were willing to extend financial assistance to the 22-year-old rider to get back into action in the European FIM CEV Moto2 Championship next season if he rises up and collects points in the remaining four races.

He said such decision was taken after KIP failed to score any points or display encouraging performances in the eight races he competed in this season.

“Dorna Sports had set last week as the deadline to name their rider line-up for the MotoGP next season, and we do not want to wait until the end of the season to name our riders,” he told a virtual news conference via the Google Hangouts application yesterday. Dorna Sports are the exclusive commercial and television rights holders of the MotoGP.

KIP had competed in the World Junior FIM CEV Championship in 2015 that saw him finish sixth overall.

The remaining four MotoGP races this season are the Teruel GP at the Aragon Circuit in Spain from Oct 23-25; European GP (Nov 6-8) and Valencia GP at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Spain (Nov 13-15); and the Portugal GP at the Algarve International Circuit (Nov 20-22).

Petronas Sprinta Racing in a statement on Tuesday had announced that they are not extending KIP’s contract for next season for not shining in the Moto3 competition this season.

His place is filled with South African racer Darryn Binder fromCIP Green Power, who has been given a one- year contract.

KIP joined Petronas Sprinta Racing from Idemitsu Honda Team Asia last season.

In the four seasons he was with his old team, KIP had won the Argentinian and German GPs in Moto3 in 2016. Bernama