Published: Friday June 27, 2014 MYT 11:05:00 PM
Updated: Friday June 27, 2014 MYT 11:19:15 PM

Hafizh and Co struggle to shine in wet Dutch GP qualifying

Amirul Hafiq Azmi (left) with one of team's technical staff in the pit during the Dutch Grand Prix qualifying at Assen.

Amirul Hafiq Azmi (left) with one of team's technical staff in the pit during the Dutch Grand Prix qualifying at Assen.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Moto2 rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah will find points harder to come by as he starts the Dutch Grand Prix race today from a lowly 28th on the grid.

Hafizh, who rides for Petronas Raceline Malaysia could only manage 1:39.138 – about 1.8 seconds slower than pole-sitter Spaniard Esteve Rabat of Marc VDS Racing Team who set 1:37.311.

Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter (1:37.462) and Sam Lowes of Speed Up (1:37.674) completed the top-three casts.

Another Malaysian representative Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman of Idet-misu Honda Team Asia, did not fare any better either as he found himself a rung below Hafizh after clocking 1:39.368.

In Moto3, rookie Hafiq Azmi of SIC-Ajo outpaced his more illustrious senior Zulfahmi Khairuddin by four rungs after securing 23rd spot on the grid in 1:43.552.

Ongetta-AirAsia’s Zulfahmi ended his campaign in 27th place with the fastest lap of 1:43.794.

“It was a session to forget, I fell from my bike at turn nine with 10 minutes to go,” lamented Zulfahmi.

“It was drizzling then, the track conditions were unpredictable. I had to pit to allow repair works to be done on my bike and by time I’m back on the track, I managed to do just one lap.

“I will need a good start to stand a chance tomorrow (today). It will be crucial for me to overtake as many riders as possible in the first five laps.”

Jack Miller of Red Bull KTM Ajo posted 1:42.240 to emerge as the fastest rider ahead of Alex Marquez (1:42.356) and Niklas Ajo (1:42.430).


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