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Hafizh Syahrin at the 2018 GP of Spain

#MyLid: MotoGP Star Rookie Hafizh Syahrin gets Patriotic

May 062018

The way that 23 year old Hafizh Syahrin, a rider that Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team Manager Herve Poncharal describes as a “breath of fresh air”, earned his rookie MotoGP saddle would make many riders green with envy… the first Malaysian to ever compete in the premier class of Grand Prix is actually quite partial to a shade of scarlet.

When it comes to his the design of his X-Lite lid then #55 also likes to fit in some special dedication to his origins. “Nolan [parent company of X-Lite] came up with a design for me and two-three proposals and I opted for the one I used in the last race in Austin for the season,” he says in Jerez for round four of the series.

“I have my flag on top, which I like to carry, and I like to keep everything quite simple. I have my logo on the back and I also like the colour red so there is a lot of this on the helmet and also on my boots and gloves. The red colour on the helmet comes around like a scorpion on the front: pretty cool!”


The blend of Monster Energy green and black and Hafizh’s red makes for quite a startling image. The national flag is called ‘Stripes of Glory’ and originated for his country in 1950 before being tweaked in 1963. 55 years on (strangely also Syahrin’s number) and the colours are getting a good airing on TV cameras around the world. “As I am the first Malaysian to be in MotoGP then the flag is important; I’m proud to be Malaysian,” the Yamaha man grins.