‘Motorsports Politics’ wants Hafizh Syahrin to quit racing?

A lot of talks have been going around regarding our current national Moto2 rider, Hafizh Syahrin, particularly regarding his Instagram story post stating “End of 2020, 13 years in motorsports. Bye-bye.” Will 2020 mark the final year for Hafizh Syahrin’s career in the international racing scene?

Currently, the former MotoGP rider is back in Malaysia to spend his time to recover from the awful crash suffered two weeks ago at the Red Bull Ring when he collided with Enea Bastianini’s downed bike. The incident brought out the red flags straight away but luckily, Hafizh suffered no serious injuries or broken bones.

Nonetheless, he was deemed unfit to race in last Sunday’s Styria GP where he took the opportunity to fly back to Malaysia to continue his recovery process and spend some time with his loved ones. An interview with Astro Arena was posted a couple of days back asking about his condition and also that particular instastory post.

The question clearly put Hafizh in a different mood (not his usual cheery self) where he didn’t really answer the question but portrayed an unclear view that the politics involved in motorsports might stop him from continuing his racing career after this season (we’re just ‘reading the room’ based on his explanation).

He also stated that in order to be successful, a strong support system is needed but if there’s a certain someone of power that wants him to stop racing, then it would better for him to just move on with his life and not meddle with parties that don’t want to provide the much-needed support to succeed.

As for 2021, Hafizh definitely wants to continue racing but looking at how difficult it was for him to even get any form of support to compete in this season’s Moto2 category with the Aspar squad, it would be even more difficult for him to do so if that support system is gone.

We wish all the best for the young Malaysian rider and hope that all ‘motorsports politics’ will be put to the side as he has brought a lot of pride for the Malaysian motorsports scene. Being the first-ever MotoGP premier class rider, he can do wonders in Moto2 if he gets the right amount of support, just live everyone else who wants to succeed in life. All the best & get well soon, El Pescao.

A passionate individual when it comes to anything related to two wheels (or sometimes more), he enjoys the chaotic and magical world of motorsports as much as riding leisurely to the shops on his beloved Vespa. With an education-based background, he is always eager to learn and share about the poetic arts of motorcycling.

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