PETRONAS Talent Development rider, Hafizh Syahrin admits there is still a lot of room for improvement after he came in 15th in the Grand Prix of the Americas Moto2 opening practice in Austin, Texas on Friday.
Hafizh was hoping to keep the momentum rolling from two strong performances in Qatar and Argentina but the 22-year old Malaysian struggled at the slow, stop-and-go turns of the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) which saw him ranked 15th quickest overall with 2â€™10.940s.
The PETRONAS Raceline Malaysia rider, was 1.376s adrift Spaniard, Alex Rins who set a new circuit record in 2â€™09.564s ahead of Simone Corsi and reigning world champion, Johann Zarco.
The team engineers will analyze the data and make improvements for FP3 on Saturday, ahead of the qualifying session. Changes will also be made to reduce engine braking as it was excessive at several turns.
Hafizh Syahrin, PETRONAS Raceline Malaysia Moto2 rider
In FP1 I was doing ok in the first 2 sectors but could not follow through on the third and fourth sector and lost a lot of time there. Ahead of FP2 we ran through the data again and made some changes and the bike performed better. However I still need it to be sharper at the tight corners. It is critical to tackle all the corners the best way possible as it will affect the next corner entry and exit and of course, my laptimes.
Barry Leong, PETRONAS Raceline Malaysia team manager
We are progressing well and we hope that Hafizh can get a good setup before the qualifying. With more data and feedback, the engineer can compare, analyze and make better decision on the changes required.
Moto2 Combined Practice Results
1. Alex Rins (SPA) 2â€™09.564s
2. Simone Corsi (ITA) 2â€™09.744s
3. Johann Zarco (FRA) 2â€™09.760s
4. Takaaki Nakagami (JPN) 2â€™09.890s
5. Marcel Schrotter (GER) 2â€™10.372s
15. Hafizh Syahrin (MAS) 2â€™10.940s