Amirul Hafiq Azmi in a file photo. He clocked a time of 2:19.902 in the Grand Prix of the Americas practice session to emerge as the 24th fastest.
PETALING JAYA: It was a day of learning for Malaysian Moto3 rider Amirul Hafiq Azmi as he tackled the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, during the practice sessions.
Clocking 2:19.902 for the 24th fastest time in the Grand Prix of the Americas on Friday, Amirul was slightly quicker than compatriot Zulfahmi Khairuddin, who was 28th fastest in 2:20.368.
Amirul went for a familiarisation run in the first practice session in the morning to learn more about the twisty track and clocked 2:22.249. He improved on his time in the second session in the 11th lap.
“When I was analysing the circuit layout at first, it seemed quite difficult as I’ve never ridden here before,” said the SIC Ajo rider.
“On the quick chicanes, I’m still not entirely confident and I have to close the throttle. After analysing the telemetry, I rode better and felt more comfortable with the bike ... but I know I have to improve my riding.”
Spain’s Efren Vazquez was the quickest in the practice sessions, clocking 2:16.696.
In Moto2, Petronas Raceline Malaysia’s Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah posted the 22nd fastest time of 2:12.917 while Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman, of Idemitsu Honda Team Asia, was timed at 2:15.175 to be 33rd fastest.
Johann Zarco of France posted the fastest lap of 2:10.839 in the Moto2 practice sessions.