Moto2 rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah in a file photo. He hopes to have a better second practice session at the Italian Grand Prix.
PETALING JAYA: It was a bad day at the track for Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah as he suffered a lack of grip in the front end of his Moto2 machine during the first practice session at the Italian Grand Prix.
The 20-year-old Petronas Raceline Malaysia rider could only manage a best lap of 1:56.170, 3.310 seconds behind pace setter Esteve Rabatat of Spain at the 5.245km Mugello circuit.
This came after Hafizh pitted and spent about 18 minutes in the team garage, waiting for the engineers to make some part changes to his Kalex machine.
As a result, he did not have enough time to do extra laps to improve his lap time.
“I knew the first session would be tough as this circuit demands a lot of attention on the front end,” he said.
“The turns on this circuit are continuously high speed and they line up one after another.
“It loads heavily on the front end when it comes to riding hard. Well, I am taking it easy this session as we try to understand the data gathered.
“The team engineers will provide me something new in the next session and I hope the changes make a positive difference and provide me more room to improve.”
Team manager Barry Leong said: “Mugello is a very technical circuit with 15 fast flowing turns that make the bike setup so important.
“Our engineers have to tune in the suspension and chassis to suit Hafizh and not to forget the tyre choices as well.
“We hope Hafizh will gain a better outing in the next session with a better combination.”