Chilean Scheib replaces Hafizh Syahrin for Argentina’s World Cup round
In addition to Leandro ‘Tati’ Mercado, another rider from South America will take the place of the injured and ill Hafizh Syahrin at the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship race in Argentina. Maximilian Scheib will start for the MIE Racing Honda Team as a returnee in the World Championship at the Circuito San Juan Villicum. 27-year-old Scheib contested a full WorldSBK season in 2020 for the Orelac Racing VerdNatura team, which was cut short by injury. He particularly impressed us in the second race with an excellent seventh place. A crash in FP2 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya thwarted a successful continuation in Europe for Leiter. He therefore missed the last two rounds of the first Corona season, which he ended up finishing 21st in the championship with 11 points.
Maximilian Scheib on his return to WorldSBK: “I am so happy to be returning to the WorldSBK paddock! The call came as a great surprise and I would like to thank MIE Racing Honda for this opportunity and Antonio D’Angelo who did an incredible job has done to get me ready again. Racing here in Argentina in front of all the South American fans will be fantastic. I want to enjoy the weekend and push my own limits. I feel well prepared and in good shape so will the goal will be to work step by step with the team and do the best we can.”
The career of the Chilean figurehead
From 2016, Scheib competed in the Superstock 1000, where he immediately finished thirteenth. In his debut season, he also clinched his first win in this junior series at the season finale in Spain. Second was Lucas Mahias ahead of a certain Toprak Razgatlioglu, who finally made his breakthrough as WorldSBK World Champion 5 years later. The year after, Maximilian finished eighth in the championship after claiming three podium finishes. He then finished third in his third season in the following year 2018, after 4 podiums and a win in Brno. In the same year he also made his debut in the WSBK on MV Agusta. In San Juan he scored his first championship points in the first race with P13. In 2022 Scheib rode in the Spanish Superbike Championship and finished ninth overall on a Honda CBR1000RR-R.
The reason for the failure of Syahrin
The Malaysian was injured while training for a road race and unfortunately has to miss the WSBK round in Argentina despite only having a minor injury. After further medical checks, it was further determined that Syahrin had tested positive for Covid-19, even though he showed hardly any symptoms. It is hoped that the MIE Honda regular will rejoin his team for Round 11 of the 2022 season. Close to home, he could take part in the penultimate round of the season in Indonesia before heading to Australia at the end of the season.