RIMINI (ITALY) – Petronas Raceline Malaysia rider, Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah had smooth runs during two practice sessions today ahead of Saturday’s qualifying session of the San Marino World Motorcycle Grand Prix Championship (MotoGP) despite the wet conditions of the track at the Misano World Circuit, near here.
It was raining during the first free practice session which stopped right before the start of the second session, challenging the riders to deal with a wet track, resulting in many racers losing their balance and control on their machines.
“I was surprised to clock this kind of lap time and will stay focused in the coming days. I am now very confident to face tomorrow’s qualifying round and the race day.
“At the beginning of the race, it was raining but I managed to gain the pace and rhythm as I had two years back in Sepang circuitï¿½I fell in Catalunya (Spain) last year so today I was being a little extra careful making my move step by step throughout the laps,” he said.
Commenting on his machine’s performance, Hafizh said that he was very happy with it as it was better in speed and handling, and the team will use the similar settings in the future races.
At the practice sessions, Hafizh clocked his best time of 1:53:064 during the 22nd lap of practice session two, making him the third fastest racer of the session on top of some big names like Mika Kallio, Esteve Rabat and Dominique Aegerter.
Hafizh said the result gave him a morale boost to clock better time in effort to secure top 20 starting grid to get better chance of tailing race leaders on race day.
Team Manager Barry Leong said that the team had identified areas for improvement and will take necessary measures prior to heading out for another round of practice session tomorrow morning and the qualifying session in the evening.
“Hafizh is always confident in wet weather and his ability in the wet is proven today again in these session, and most important fact is, he always enjoys wet racing. That’s how he earn his name ‘Pescao’ in Spanish that means small fish,” said Barry.
Among other Malaysian riders present were Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman for Idemitsu Honda Team Asia, Muhammad Zulfahmi Khairuddin, who represented Ongetta-AirAsia and Amirul Hafiq Azmi, from team SIC-AJO. – BERNAMA
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