Rising Ramdan gets Catalunya Moto2 wildcardPOSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 20 May 2015
UP and coming Malaysian rider Ramdan Rosli is another step closer to his dream of riding fulltime in the Moto2 motorcycling world championship after he was awarded entry as a wild card into the Catalunya round of the series on June 14.
The race marks the 20-year-old Petronas Talent Development rider’s second wildcard appearance in MotoGP, with the first being at last year’s Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang where he competed in the Moto3 class.
This is also Ramdan’s second Moto2 outing following the opening round of the Moto2 European Championship at Portugal last month where he bagged a 16th place finish in Race 1 and was 22nd in the second race.
Ramdan will have a two-day test early next month to get better acquainted with the bike.
“I am happy to hear about the wildcard acceptance. Thank you to the team as they have worked hard to put up the application and planning.
“We will have a two-day test in Catalunya early June and we could get the momentum going for both GP and the European Championship the following week.
“I know that the race will be tough for me as this will be my second race weekend on a Moto2 but I am hoping to gather as much experience as possible from this opportunity. The track is about 30 minutes away from our base in Castellbisbal and this is can be considered as a second home race for me apart from Sepang,” Ramdan said.
Petronas AHM team team manager, Kenny Chua first discovered Ramdan when he was 12-years old and they have since developed a strong working relationship which saw them secure multiple titles in the PETRONAS supported Malaysian Cub Prix Championship.
In 2011, the Klang-born rider joined the PETRONAS Talent Development Programme, which provides bright young Malaysian motorsports talents with the tools and platforms to propel their racing careers.
Ramdan has competed in the Asia Road Racing Championship in the Underbone 115cc (2010-2011) and the SuperSports 600cc series in 2012 and 2013.
Ramdan also made several spot entries in various 600cc races in China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Australia throughout the year before making the leap to the Moto3 Spanish National Championship (CEV) in 2014 and the Moto2 European Championship for 2015.
Rizan Ismail, General Manager, Brand Management Department, Group Strategic Communications, Petronas said: “This opportunity is meant to provide him with the exposure and prepare him better to progress in his racing career. We are confident we will see continued advancements from Ramdan through the hard work and perseverance that he has shown. For PETRONAS, we are happy to have played a part in his development so we wish him and Team Petronas AHM, all the very best in Catalunya.”