Hafizh Syahrin capped off the French Grand Prix on a positive note as the PETRONAS Raceline Malaysia rider notched a top-10 finish in the Moto2 World Championship on Sunday.
The Malaysian rider who recently turned 22-years old muscled his way from sixth row (17th) to finish the gruelling 26-lap in eighth place with 42’53.273s, a positive comeback from the past two races where he finished outside the top-10 in Austin and Jerez.
“Not a bad race overall,” said Hafizh. “I worked hard and kept on pushing all the way. I know I can do better if we had a good qualifying yesterday and a good grid position to start with. We look forward to the Mugello race where we will put more emphasis on the qualifying session.”
Meanwhile Spaniard, Alex Rins clinched his second win for the season with 42’27.312s ahead of Simone Corsi and Thomas Luthi rounding up the podium steps with 42’49.114s and 42’31.920s respectively.
Hafizh, brought up through the PETRONAS Talent Development programme is now ranked 10th overall in the Moto2 World Championship Standings with 36 points while Rins heads the Moto2 table with 87 points.
PETRONAS Raceline Malaysia Team Manager Barry Leong was pleased with the team. “Well done! We proved that our race pace was good here in Le Mans and we finished 8th. Everyone worked hard and we always strive to give the best. It was bit unlucky in the qualifying session but we made amends during the race. We are only at GP number 5 this weekend and there is still a long way to go. Let’s hope we improve our race positions and register a better overall placing.”
Round 6 of the Moto2 World Championship will take place at Mugello, Italy on 22nd May.