Honda team Asia’s Khairul Idham Pawi won the German GP under treacherous conditions. The 17 year old Malaysian was known to perform exceptionally well in wet conditions, having won at Argentina with a staggering 27 second margin. As the heavens opened up in the scenic Saxony province of Germany, the Malaysian rookie immediately showed his class by topping the wet warm-up session in the morning. But nobody expected him to win from the place he started from – 20 th . He gained 13 places by the end of the first lap and took over at the front at the end of Lap 3, pushing hard like nobody did in those conditions.
He eventually built up a 16 second advantage and won with a massive 11 second lead over Leopard Racing KTMs Andrea Locatelli. It was a Honda team Asia 1-2 till the eighth lap as Hiroki Ono joined Pawi, breaking away from the rest of the pack. He had a Massive moment at turn 7 on lap 8 which made him drop down to fifth place, crashing later on in the race. Leopard’s Locatelli capitalized on his front row start as he was within striking distance for a podium or even a win, closely shadowed by Saxoprint Peugeot’s John McPhee and Polesitter Enea Bastianini.
The wet conditions sprung various surprises for the spectators – Drive M7s Jakub Kornfeil finished in fourth, ahead of Gresinis’ Fabio di Giannantonio and injury returnee Jorge Navarro. Navarro fought off his championship rivals charge to finish ahead of him in 7 th place overall. Regular frontrunners like Romano Fenati, Pecco Bagnaia and Aron Canet failed to capitalize on the track conditions and finished outside the top ten.