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by shamshul fitri
Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah: 'It would be better to target finishing in the points because it’s much more realistic.'
SEPANG: Petronas Motorsports racing prodigy Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah ended a two-day test at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) on Saturday with a smile.
It was an intense testing session for the 19-year-old Moto2 rider as he looks to return to the circuit that saw him nearly getting a podium finish last year in torrential rain. He ended up fourth eventually.
“From what we got with the current set-up, I can say that the tests have been successful and I’m happy.
“But I know that I can’t be too satisfied with the situation now,” said Hafizh, who races a full season in the Spanish Championships in the Moto2 class.
It will be the third wildcard for Hafizh this year, after the French Grand Prix and Grand Prix of Catalunya in Spain.
The Malaysian MotoGP will be held at SIC next weekend and he is aware of the great expectations after his awe-inspiring performance last year, which saw him work his way to the front from 27th spot on the starting grid.
“To aim for a podium finish this year will be like shooting for the stars. Remember, I’m just a wildcard rider and there are a lot faster riders out there on the grid,” he said.
“I guess it would be better to target finishing in the points because it’s much more realistic.”
The last time he competed in the Moto2 World Championship (Catalunya), he finished 18th – just three places outside of the points. “I managed to improve a bit on my time here at Sepang. Last year, my qualifying time was 2:09.606 but today I managed to dip into the lower region of 2:09,” said Hafizh.
“We are still using the engine from the Spanish Championships. When we get the race engine, I think we can dip into 2:08 or 2:07.”
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