Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Malaysian Riders Need Exposure At Grassroots Before Joining MotoGP - Doohan

PETALING JAYA, March 3 (Bernama) -- Five-time former MotoGP champion, Mick Doohan of Australia advised young Malaysian riders to be exposed to grassroots development such as the Cub Prix before stepping into the international racing scene such as the MotoGP.

He said the involvement of Malaysian youngsters in the Cub Prix competition was important as it would give them better confidence and motivation before venturing into the MotoGP which was physically and mentally tougher.

"I'm have seen several guys in Moto2 category (Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman) and (Zulfahmi Khairuddin) in Moto3 and both of them have a huge potential to become champions. For me, it's only a matter of time for Malaysian riders to achieve a better podium finish.

"Just follow your dreams as nothing is impossible in the world. Most importantly, we must have commitment in what we do. Malaysia is among the best countries to achieve your dreams (especially in motorsports event)," Doohan told Bernama, recently.

The Australian who is also the Laureus ambassador, was in Malaysia to promote the 2014 Laureus World Sports Award which will be held on March 26, here.

He also praised the efforts of renowned companies like Petronas and Air Asia, to invest a huge sum of money to promote motorsport events in the country.

"The support from this companies is good as they also provide a platform for Malaysian riders to compete at international motorsports competition," Doohan said.

-- BERNAMA

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