Our homeboy Khairul Idham Pawi made quite a statement when he won two races of the Moto3 class in Germany and Argentina. Having swept the field with his immense wet weather talent, the Perakian who hails from Kampung Gajah was the first Malaysian to win a Moto3 class race ensuring that history will never forget him.


We recently got the opportunity to sit down over dinner with the man who is affectionately known as KIP, thanks to Red Bull Malaysia. The following is the conversation we had over dinner.

Q: Hey Khairul. A lot of people are asking, why do you perform better in the wet than you do in the dry?

A: In the rain, I have more confidence when I’m on my motorcycle, so I feel I can ride it faster. It’s usually slippery and not slippery at the same time so I just have to control the throttle and manage it the best way possible.

Q: Did you learn to ride like this in the wet through experience?

A: Not really. Actually, I never thought I could be fast in the rain, and I have even raced in the rain before but never as fast as I am now. So I just need to have that level of confidence with the bike to make sure it’ll be easier to ride fast.


Q: Are the other riders friendly to a young Malaysian rider and are they willing to share their knowledge?

A: To me, my team and also my manager, Tadayuki Okada, have helped me a lot in terms of riding and much more. He has taught me a lot.

Q: Besides racing in Moto3, wanting to win races and the championship, what are some of the things you hope to achieve from this?

A: Of course all riders would like to reach the highest level of racing, which is MotoGP. So I will try my very best to reach a much higher level in racing.

Q: What have you learned so far from racing at this level?

A: Racing is definitely a sport with high risks, for example crashing out of the races and other things as well.

Q: One final question for Super KIP, do you have any special messages that you would like to send to your fans here in Malaysia?

K: To all my fans, thank you to all of you who have been supporting me throughout my career. Don’t forget to come to Sepang this weekend and let’s support all the Malaysian riders in the races on Sunday.

S: Alright, thank you so much KIP.

Q: Have you had any improvements in the past few races?

A: It was quite difficult for me especially after Germany. We didn’t get the right setup for the motorcycle, so now more or less I have a much better feeling with the bike. I will try my best to get the best feeling of the bike as soon as I can, just as I did in Catalunya, Italy and the other previous races as well.

Q: How do you control the pressure when it comes to racing at home here in Malaysia? I am sure you know that there are a lot of supporters hoping for you to win the home race this Sunday.

A: Well, maybe the support is not just for me alone. There are other Malaysian riders that are participating in Moto3 and also Moto2. Most probably their support is for all of the Malaysian riders.

Q: Do you have a personal goal or target to finish in the top 10?

A: Of course I will try my very best. I will try my to get the best position, if possible, a podium finish for all Malaysians who will come to support me in Sepang this weekend.

Q: Do you actually prefer wet races or you don’t really mind about any kind of weather?

A: To me, it doesn’t really matter if it rains or shines, I will still race and give my all for Malaysians everywhere.

Q: How familiar are you with the Sepang International Circuit with the new improvements to the pavement?

A: I like the race track very much. It’s just that I am still not used to it because of the new asphalt. So, in the first practice later, I will try to get a good feeling of it as I am still not too sure about the grain of the track.

Q: When was the last time you got to ride in the Sepang Circuit?

A: The last time was 2 years ago, back when I was racing for the Asia Dream Cup in 2014.

Q: Do you feel that you are satisfied with the season so far? Is it more than you have hoped for?

A: For my very first season in Moto3, I never thought that I would be on the podium! I thought that I would just collect a few points and gain experience in my rookie season.

Q: Is there a much bigger plan for you for the next season?

A: For now, I can’t really say much as I too have no idea. Maybe later, Honda will make the announcement about any updates regarding myself.

Q: So KIP, you were involved in a crash in Phillip Island last weekend, right? Care to tell us about your experience?

A: Yes, I did crash at Phillip Island that day. It all happened in the starting lap at the second corner. It was very disappointing but there were other riders who fell right in front of me and I couldn’t avoid them. I crashed and fell there.

Q: Final question, how to do feel about the home race?

A: To me, the home race is definitely making me more excited with high spirits. InsyaAllah I will give my very best!

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Harley-Davidson V-Rod riders are a special bunch; they are passionate about their V-Rods and are always eager to ride as far as they can. If you own or fantasise about owning a Harley-Davidson V-Rod but feel that you cannot really take it very far, then this article is for you.

Malaysian celebrity and entrepreneur Jehan Miskin and the team at Bikes Republic were hanging out recently when Jehan told a story about how he and a group of friends beat all odds and rode their V-Rods up till Shangri-La in China.

El Diablo, Jehan's custom Nightrod Special
El Diablo, Jehan’s custom Nightrod Special

It was a triumphant ride for the bunch as everyone told them it couldn’t be done with the Harley-Davidson V-Rod. The story is exciting enough to create a short movie but since we didn’t have enough clips, Jehan wrote a short story on it to share with us, and the official magazine for the American chapter of the Harley-Davidson Owners Group (HOG). The following is what he sent us a few days ago:

— Written by Jehan Miskin —

Ever since I got my custom Harley-Davidson Nightrod Special in 2011, most riders I meet would say, “Hey, badass bike man. But you can’t go long distance on that bike for sure!”

Then I met a couple of other crazy V-Rodderz called Simon and Rambo and found out they were the first Malaysian V-Rod riders to ride from Kuala Lumpur to Vietnam and back.

(From L-R) Jehan, Simon, Rambo somewhere in the mountains of China
(From L-R) Jehan, Simon, Rambo somewhere in the mountains of China

We did a few rides in Thailand covering thousands of kilometres and still people would say ‘No way you guys can’t go further than that on a V-Rod”.

So last year, we decided to ride from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia all the way to Shangri-La in Tibet, China. A month long ride that would take us on unpredictable roads through Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and Tibet in China. Simon and Rambo rode from Kuala Lumpur up to Chiang Rai in Thailand, a seven day ride over 2,500kms.

Somewhere in Tibet
Somewhere in Tibet

Because of other commitments, I shipped my bike to Chiang Rai and we started our expedition there with some other bikers from Indonesia and Thailand.

We rode from Chiang Rai to Chiang Kong, then crossed into Laos, stopping briefly at the laid back town of Luang Namtha.

The morning sun hitting the mountains of Deqen.
The morning sun hitting the mountains of Deqen.

Next we crossed the border into China, stopping in a different town every night. Mengla, Xisuangbanna, Linchang, Dali, Shangri-La and finally the peak at 15,000 feet, Deqen. The weather got colder and the air thinner the further north we rode.

We rode through countless mountain roads, crossed rivers and lakes, rode off-road and on-road, in high altitude, even in the rain in sub zero temperature. Every chance we got we took the scenic route and skipped the highways. We lived in the moment and adapted to whatever the road or weather would throw our way. And after we reached the peak, we rode back again from Shangri-La, stopping by the ancient city of Lijiang, then back to Dali, Xisuangbanna, Mengla, Boten, crossing over to Laos and back to Chiang Rai.

A Nightrod ridden the way Harley-Davidson would have imagined it.
A Nightrod ridden the way Harley-Davidson would have imagined it.

Here the trip ended for the other riders but we were not done. We wanted to conquer the Road of a Thousand Corners, a legendary road to bikers in this part of the world otherwise known as Mae Hong Son. So we continued our journey from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai, stayed over in scenic Pai, to Mae Hong Son where we got our official 1000 corners certificate (it actually acknowledges 1862 corners!), then down south to Mae Sariang and back to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai to complete the trip. In all, we covered a total of 8,500kms in 30 days, on V-Rods.

Rambo, Simon, Jehan riding up to the snow mountain.
Rambo, Simon, Jehan riding up to the snow mountain.

This ride was an unforgettable experience and has inspired me to seek out even longer rides on my Rod. Every moment spent riding was a joy, even in the most challenging times like riding for two days in nonstop rain and in sub zero temperatures. Thank you awesome people at Harley-Davidson for making such a fun bike for us to go on our adventures with.

Peak of the glacier.
Peak of the glacier.

I have since had a realisation. When people say “You can’t ride that far on a Rod,” they’re not actually talking about the limitations of the bike, but it is more a reflection of their own limitations as a rider. The V-Rod can be ridden far and long and hard, probably even around the world. So the question is not whether the bike can make the journey, but whether we are the right riders to dare to take the Rod on that ride.

Simon, Jehan, Rambo in Laos.
Simon, Jehan, Rambo in Laos.
Getting the 1000 corners certificate.
Getting the 1000 corners certificate.

Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC) welcomes new and affordable Pirelli 250cc & 300cc Race Series for newbies.

  • Open to 250cc & 300cc production machines
  • Affordable entry fees (from RM250* per round)
  • Amateurs and newbies welcomed
  • AAM-sanctioned series



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