Published: Friday May 16, 2014 MYT 10:20:00 PM
Updated: Friday May 16, 2014 MYT 10:23:48 PM

Moto2: Slow and steady, Hafizh

LE MANS: Youngster Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah is taking his time to ease into the fast and furious pace of Moto2 but that is just fine with team manager Barry Leong.

Barry believes that time is of the essence for the 20-year-old Hafizh's to make it big in the sport.

Hafizh of Petronas Raceline Malaysia is gearing up for the fifth leg of the Moto2 race at the French Motorcycle Grand Prix here this week after enjoying highs and lows in the last four stops.

He scored one point each in the season opener in Qatar and the United States but failed to get into his groove in the last two legs at Argentina and Spain.

This is Hafizh's first year as a full-fledged rider in the championships.

Barry said: “I am glad that Hafizh is learning in every race. He is slowly gaining experience and momentum.

“I have also gone around and asked other GP experts for their opinion on Hafizh and I have received positive feedback. They say that he is good but needs more races to build himself,” said Barry.

“There are seasoned riders in Moto2 – with some over 100 starts and some going the distance. For Hafizh, he does not have more than 10 starts. We want him to learn as much as possible.

“Besides, he is the only rider in the team and I would rather he pace himself this season. I would prefer it if he takes it slow and steady . The season is long and if he gets injured, we do not have a second rider as replacement.”

Barry however, hopes that they find a second rider as it would give them some advantage like the other teams.

“Some teams have two riders and they can try out two different settings during practice and it will give them better insight,” he said.

On Hafizh's chance at Le Mans this week, he said: “We have the expertise and our machine is new. The rest depends on Hafizh. It is important for him to transfer what he experiences and feels on the track to the team so that the best support, as far as the machine is concerned, will be given to him.

“The Moto2 race is very competitive and I believe that if Hafizh can continue to push hard, we will be there, among the top, eventually,” he added.

Tags / Keywords: motorsport, Motorcycle Grand Prix, French MotoGP, Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah, Barry Leong, Petronas Raceline Malaysia


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