Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah of Petronas Raceline Malaysia collected one point from the Grand Prix of the Americas in Texas after finishing 15th in the Moto2 race on Sunday. - EPA
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Moto2 rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah collected another World Championship point after finishing 15th at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
The Petronas Raceline Malaysia rider, who started from 28th on the grid, completed the 19-lap race in 42: 20.811, 49.291 seconds behind winner Maverick Vinales of Spain (41:31.520). Hafizh now has two points from two races as he also finished 15th in the opening race in Qatar last month. He is placed 20th in the championship standings.
The 19-year-old could have finished as high as 13th, but was held back by tyre wear towards the end of the race.
“I did try to find a way to move forward, but sadly my rear rubber started to wear off. I was forced to ease off the gas and avoid making risky moves. Considering the outcome, I’m quite pleased with it and I will definitely try harder next time,” said Hafizh.
Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman, the other Malaysian competing in Moto2, finished 18th in 42:23.203. He started from 33rd on the grid.
In Moto3, Malaysian Zulfahmi Khairuddin, riding for Ongetta AirAsia, was placed 17th with a time of 41:45.195 after starting from 20th spot. Pole sitter Jack Miller of Australia won in 41:06.659.
Amirul Hafiq Azmi of SIC Ajo, meanwhile, crashed in the third lap but remounted his bike to finish 24th in 43:10.741.
The next round of the championship is the Grand Prix of Argentina on April 27.