Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira was forced to skip the Australian round last weekend after his high-speed crash on Saturday, which caused him a lot of pain in both wrists as well as it worsened his right shoulder injury, he’s already carrying around with him since Silverstone. In the upcoming days, the Portuguese MotoGP rookie will decide if he can participate at the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend.

Following a strong fight and a well-deserved championship point at Phillip Island last weekend, Hafizh Syahrin arrives highly motivated at the Sepang International Circuit. The local hero aims to do equally well like one year ago, where he impressed with starting last on the grid and ending up inside the top 10. The Red Bull KTM Tech3 rider can’t wait to initiate his special weekend at 10.50 local time (3.50 CET) on Friday.

Miguel Oliveira

Championship: 17th

Points: 33


"After the MRI scans I did on Sunday in Australia, we discovered a few things on both wrists’ tendons, but nothing major. We saw that my shoulder injury got a bit worse. Right now, together with KTM we are trying to decide what to do with this, also for the future."

Hafizh Syahrin

Championship: 23rd

Points: 8


"I’m very happy to arrive at my home GP. It’s a special weekend for me and I will do my best. We know, we are struggling this year and Sepang is the second last Grand Prix race before I go back to Moto2. It won’t be easy, but I will give everything I have, similar to last year. I want to do this for my fans, my family and for my team, that always supports me and believes in me. We will see what we can do, I just want to enjoy to ride there. Australia was good, but we learned that we need to improve in the beginning of the race. I will keep my motivation high and I can’t wait to enjoy this weekend with everybody."

Hervé Poncharal

Team Manager


"Third and last Grand Prix of the three back to back rounds of the season and for our team this is a significant and important race with Hafizh doing his home GP. Apparently, the circuit is sold out and there will be many, many spectators in the audience cheering for him. So clearly, after the good performance he showed in Australia, it will be interesting to see how he starts the Malaysian round. We have had quite a lot of intensive testing here in the winter, so for sure we have data, which was not the case on most of the circuits we were visiting this year. The sad and tough news is that Miguel is still nursing his injuries, sustained during his super-fast crash at Phillip Island. The good news is, that there is no bone fracture, it is healing faster every day, but we still wait for the final confirmation that Miguel can start the race, although we are quite optimistic."

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