KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 — Malaysia’s rising star, Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin has been named as the Malaysian wild card rider for the upcoming Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP).
The 17-year-old rider, who is currently competing in the FIM CEV Repsol Championship Moto3 category, will join the Moto3 category when the race gets underway at Sepang Circuit from Oct 27 to 29.
“We just received the entry list from IRTA last week. We are pleased to announce that in the entry list,
Kasma Daniel has been registered as the wild card for Malaysian MotoGP in Moto3,” said Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali.
Razlan said the wild card ticket would give the Petronas Yamaha Maju Motor rider more exposure and to benchmark Malaysian riders from local championship to world championship.
“From what I’ve heard, Kasma Daniel is a great rider in the Cub Prix championship and in the Asian Road Racing Championship (ARRC). But when you start racing in the world championship, it is much different.
“This is a good benchmark for our local riders. Just because they are great in the Cub Prix and ARRC racing, doesn’t mean they are good in Moto3 in the world championship racing,” he added.
Kasma Daniel became the youngest winner of the CP130 title of the Malaysian Cub Prix Championship at 16 years old.
The previous youngest champion of the premier class for the national championship was Petronas Raceline Malaysia’s Moto2 rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah, who was 16 years old when he won in 2010.
Kasma Daniel has been nurtured by Yamaha since taking the sport seriously three years ago.
He was one of the five Asian riders chosen to go to Valentino Rossi’s hometown of Tavullia in Italy to take part in a programme called “The Master Camp” in July. — Bernama