KUALA LUMPUR: Having spent more than two years out in the cold, former Moto3 rider Amirul Hafiq Azmi is more determined than ever after being given a new lease of life by The Komanz Kru Racing Team (TKKR).
Hafiq has been signed as a full season rider by TKKR and will race in the Supersports 600 class at the Asia Road Racing Championships (ARRC) this year.
The 21-year-old, who has been racing 250cc machines for much of his career, said he is hoping to hit the ground running when the new season starts next month.
"I broke my arm and my ribs during a test session in 2015 and have not really been racing much over the past two years," said Hafiq.
"Every day during that period I just wanted to race again. I am grateful that TKKR have placed their faith in me and I will not waste this opportunity.
"I did two rounds of ARRC with TKKR in the 250cc class last year and saw how competitive this Supersports 600 category is.
"I will have to learn quickly when we go for testing in Thailand later this month."
Hafiq last competed as a full season rider for SIC-Ajo in Moto3 in 2014 but has only made a few appearances since then.
In addition to the two ARRC rounds last year, Hafiq had in 2016 competed as a replacement rider for Peugeot Saxoprint, whose rider John McPhee was injured, during the Sepang Moto3 round.
ARRC pre-season testing will be held at the Buriram Circuit in Thailand on Feb 27-28. The opening round will also be held there from March 2-4.