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).