With the announcement Malaysian MotoGP racer Hafizh Syahrin, nicknamed “El Pescao”, would not have his ride contract with Red Bull KTM Tech3 Racing renewed for 2020, speculation has been rife amongst his huge local fanbase as to what his fate might be. Some have said a return to Moto2 would be on the cards while others have suggested a shift to another race series is more likely.

However, Hafizh is currently the best Malaysia has at the top flight of two-wheeled motorsport and while he has his detractors who imply he got there more because of politics than ability, Malaysia does have the option of having Petronas SIC Racing competing in all three MotoGP classes.

Hafizh’s future in motorcycle racing is currently in the limbo and an unnamed source close to the issue has told paultan.org that a meeting will be held between Malaysian Minister of Youth and Sports Syed Saddiq, Petronas SIC Racing team principal Datuk Razlan Razali and team sponsor Petronas.

Despite having a bad year in MotoGP, Hafizh Syahrin is felt to have not been given enough development time with the KTM RC16, a fact borne out by the fortunes of Tech 3 team mate Johann Zarco this season. The question that should be asked is, if not Petronas, then who, but Petronas is currently having a good season in the middle standings and could see no reason to jeopardise its team development purely on the grounds of nationalism.