Khairul Idham Pawi back in Moto2 action at Czech Grand Prix

2019-08-01 13:10
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto2 racer Khairul Idham Pawi will return to action at this weekend’s Czech Grand Prix at the Automotodrom Brno, after missing six rounds of the championship as he recovered from hand injuries sustained at the Spanish Grand Prix in May.

The Malaysian racer has been forced to sit out the previous rounds as he works to recover from the injuries from his Jerez crash, but after a hard summer break of rehab and training he’s raring to get going again with his PETRONAS Sprinta Racing team. A fan of the Brno circuit and enjoying good result there in the past, the 20-year-old is hoping to pick up where he left off with a return to the points in Sunday’s race.

The Moto2 action at the Automotodrom Brno begins on Friday 2nd August at 1055 local time (1655 Malaysian time), with the race on Sunday 4th August at 1220 local time (1820 Malaysian time).

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It’s been a long few months for Khairul Idham Pawi as he recovers from the severe injuries to the little finger of his right hand he suffered at the Spanish Grand Prix in May. Finally nearing full fitness after a tough rehabilitation program, the Malaysian Moto2 racer says he’s now raring to get back into action come this weekend’s Czech Grand Prix at the Automotodrom Brno.

How is your physical condition going into this weekend?

“The recovery has gone well, but my finger still isn’t at 100% in terms of flexibility or strength. We’re working to get ready as fast as possible, and I’m working hard with my physiotherapist make sure it’ll be better soon. It’s not fully healed, but it’s not a problem to ride with it, and I’m getting stronger every day. I like the Brno circuit because it’s got lots of fast corners, and I’ve got good memories there in both Moto2 and Moto3, so I’ll try my best for the race.”

What’s the target for the second part of the season?

“My target now will be to stay in the top fifteen, because I’ve missed a lot of races so it’s going to be hard to do any better than that now as my rivals have been racing constantly whilst I’ve been off the bike. The support from the team, my family and my fans has been very important, and it has given me a lot of motivation. I need to say a huge thank you to Doctor Mir and his team as well because they did a great job saving my finger.”

What has been the recovery plan over the summer break?

“I’ve been back in Spain for the past three weeks to train. I’ve been cycling a lot in the last month and training to get my body back in shape after the surgery. It’s been a long time off, but I’ve worked every day through the summer break to make sure I’m ready. We’ve been working hard and I’ve been pushing myself to get ready to race again, both physically and mentally.”

Have you been back on a motorbike?

“I rode a minibike again for the first time during the summer break. I still felt quite a bit of pain in my hand because it’s not fully healed. It’s not a problem to ride with it though, and I’m getting stronger every day.”

How important is it to be fully fit for the Malaysian Grand Prix?

“It’s very important to arrive 100% fit, not just with the body but mentally too. It’s always a special race for me and there’s a lot of people there cheering for us. It’s the team’s home race as well, which will make it even more special this year. All I can do is try my very best to be focused, fit and ready for the Malaysian Grand Prix.”

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