Stands were packed, the atmosphere buzzing, and the engines revving! For the first time in nearly 10 years, Malaysians had their own riders to support…and you have to admit, they did it in style, with a slick looking bike and suit (not biased at all of course)
After great practice and qualifying sessions, it was already looking up for AirAsia Team Malaysia, but at the same time everyone was keeping cool under the spot light and trying not to lose focus among all the attention.
Elly Idzlianizar Ilias and Mohd Zulfahmi Khairuddin, the AirAsia Team Malaysia MotoGP 125cc Riders ended up in 16th and 20th place (respectively) at the end of today’s race – just narrowly missing out on World Championship points – which is a great result.
After months and months of preparation (selection process for the rider’s started back in May), today made it all worth it.
In the pits, everyone wanted pictures with the boys, with our lovely flight attendants, who were there to support the event – and there was a real excitement in the air. For me, it was the first time at a MotoGP and I loved it – and after a little taster, I’m definitely going to keep up to date with next year’s competition when it starts back up again – maybe with a full Malaysian Team entered…and just think, I’m not even Malaysian, so goodness knows how you are all feeling now that you have MotoGP heroes to look up to!!
But seriously, I think it’s great that Malaysia can fully utilize all the potential talent it has, and open up new doors for young aspiring riders, engineers, technicians…and all the other positions that are involved in MotoGP and all motor sports.
Today was a great day for AirAsia and Malaysia – together, AirAsia Team Malaysia showed the world what is capable of happening when you work hard towards the same goal.
Well done Elly, well done Fahmi, well done AirAsia Team Malaysia, and well done Malaysia!