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Published: Friday June 27, 2014 MYT 12:25:00 AM
Updated: Friday June 27, 2014 MYT 12:37:45 AM

Hafizh braces for tough times at Dutch GP

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Moto2 rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah is preparing for another challenging weekend at the Dutch Grand Prix on Saturday. 

The Petronas Raceline Malaysia rider, who had his first taste of the tricky 4.545 km TT Circuit Assen on Thursday, struggled to finish 27th quickest, 1.670 seconds adrift of Spaniard Esteve Rabat, who set the fastest time of 1:37.869 in the practice sessions. 

Hafizh posted his best lap of 1:39.539 in the the second session to improve on his first practice effort of 1:40.197. 

“It’s a pretty tough circuit and we need to do more fine tuning on the front end of the bike...it lacks the grip when I try to ride faster,” said Hafizh. 

“I have to be extremely careful at the corners too, as it would be easy to run wide at this circuit. But I’m starting to feel more confident towards the end of the session and that is good”. 

Hafizh is out to make amends this week after his disappointment in Catalunya GP two weeks ago where he was forced to pull out after a clutch problem. 

Meanwhile, compatriot Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman of Idemitsu Honda Team Asia was not far behind Hafizh on Thursday as he was 28th quickest with the best time of 1:39.767.  

In Moto3, Zulfahmi Khairuddin of Ongetta AirAsia posted the 19th fastest time in 1:43.721, while world championship debutant Amirul Hafiq Azmi (SIC-Ajo) clocked the 31st fastest time in 1:44.842. 

Italian rider Enea Bastianini posted the fastest practice time in 1:37.869.

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