Pawi takes first ever Malaysian win in Moto3

Published: 03 April 2016

Khairul Idham Pawi has given Malaysia their first every Grand Prix victory by taking the win in the second round of the 2016 Moto3 world championship in Argentina.

Winning at only his third attempt, the rookie led from start to finish on slick tyres despite the conditions, which saw a damp start before a dry line eventually formed. Totally dominating the rest of the field with an incredible performance, the 16-year-old eventually took the victory by over 25 seconds.

Livio Loi was the only rider to start the race on wet tyres, but even he couldn’t keep up with the Malaysian – and as conditions improved the Belgian dropped, to eventually finish outside the points.

However, it was heartbreak for fellow Malaysian rider Adam Norrodin, who led Jorge Navarro into the final complex only to highside out, finally pushing his bile over the line for 11th and handing the final podium spot to pole man Brad Binder.

It was an excellent ride for Scotsman John McPhee, who was able to make the most of his wet weather prowess to ride through the pack from 28th to finally finish seventh.