Hafizh Syahrin is relieved to pick up points from Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix after enduring a difficult weekend that saw him struggle through the Moto2 elements at Jerez.
The PETRONAS Talent Development rider who could not find a competitive pace during practice and qualifying bounced back and displayed true grit in the race as he muscled his way from the back of the grid (24th) and crossed the finish line 11th in 45,34.604s.
“I did not have the best start today and seeing that Jerez is a tight circuit, I couldn’t find an opening at Turn 1 due to heavy traffic,” said Hafizh. “Anyway, I could not have done better in the early stages but I suspect the electronic quick gear shifter was not functioning 100%, making it impossible to do quicker laps. I held on for a few laps and realise I need to lift my foot to shift stronger before the gear can engage properly. Anyway I am happy to haul five points this weekend and I vow to do better in next race.”
Picking up five points, Hafizh moves up one position in the Moto2 World Standings from ninth to eighth with 28 points.
Meanwhile Britain’s Sam Lowes extended his championship lead to 72 points after he took the chequered flag in 44’58.624s ahead of Jonas Folger and Alex Rins.
Barry Leong, PETRONAS Raceline Malaysia team manager was surprised about scoring points; “11th place is not too bad considering we had so much issues over the weekend. In fact we didn’t expect to pick up any points for that matter because Jerez, is everybody’s home track and to start from 24th puts us at a disadvantage. I hope the worst is over and look forward for better race weekends.”
Moto2 Race Results
1. Sam Lowes (GBR) 44’58.624s
2. Jonas Folger (GER) 45’01.104s
3. Alex Rins (SPA) 45’06.737s
4. Franco Morbidelli (ITA) 45’09.283s
5. Johann Zarco (FRA) 45’13.218s
11. Hafizh Syahrin (MAS) 45’34.604s
Moto2 World Standings
1. Sam Lowes (GRB) 72 points
2. Alex Rins (SPA) 62 points
3. Johann Zarco (FRA) 56 points
4. Thomas Luthi (SWI) 53 points
5. Jonas Folger (GER) 47 points
8. Hafizh Syahrin (MAS) 28 points