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17 year-old Khairul Idham becomes first Malaysian to win Moto3 race

History was made in Argentina as 17 year-old rookie Khairul Idham became the first Malaysian to clinch victory in a Moto3 race.

Competing in just his second World Championship race, the talented rider produced a sensational performance to finish ahead of Jorge Navarro, as well as Brad Biner, clinching a historic win that will undoubtedly send shock waves all over Malaysia.

Khairul was 7th on the starting grid, but he pushed hard early on to snatch the lead from Biner, before opening up a gap of almost half a second. As the race progressed, Khairul increased his pace with every lap, setting impeccable times that helped him create a bigger distance with the chasing pack.

At the same time, fellow Malaysian, Adam Norrodin was also able to push himself into third, where he was involved in a heated and tensed battle against Jorge Navarro. Both riders kept overtaking one another till the very end of the race, where drama ensued.

As Khairul Idham crossed the line with an incredible lead of 26.170 seconds to win the race, Adam and Navarro’s battle took a wild turn right at the final corner, as the Malaysian pushed a little too hard, sliding off the track.

That allowed Navarro to cruise into second spot, with Brad Biner moving into third. As the chasing pack rushed to towards the chequered flag, Adam picked up his bike and began pushing it to the end, eventually sealing an 11th spot finish to his credit.

Khairul’s incredible achievement of becoming the first Malaysian to win a Moto3 race, was further amplified by the fact that he accomplished it in just his second World Championship outing as well.

The victory means that he is now fourth on the overall standings with 25 points, sitting behind Jorge Navarro in third (29 points), Niccolo Antonelli in second (31 points) and Brad Biner on top (36 points).

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