LE MANS: Teenager Hafizh Syahrin needs a dose of good luck if he is to get a good result on race day of the France MotoGP Grand Prix at Le Mans today.
The 19-year-old clocked 1:40.498 to be ranked 25th in the Moto2 qualifying session out of 35 riders.
It was his fastest lap around the French track as he improved on the 1:40.704 he posted in the third practice in the morning.
But Hafizh is aware of the obstacles awaiting him as he lines up his new Kalex bike brought in specially for his first wild card ride outside Malaysia for the starting grid.
The only thing the youngster is not short of is the determination to make the most of the opportunities and hopefully achieve a repeat of his exhilarating performance at his home Grand Prix in Sepang last October.
It was a similar situation to Sepang where Hafizh, lining up from a 27th starting position, managed to weave his way through the field to finish an impressive fourth under wet weather.
Hafizh is hoping for similar conditions at the French track for the 26-lap race.
“Honestly, I’m more comfortable riding in the rain. Qualifying started under overcast conditions and it did rain towards the end,” said Hafizh. “If the weather conditions are as what we expect, it’ll be good for me.
“Under the current situation, I’ll find it tough battling for a top 16 finish as I’m still getting used to the different tyres and settings.
“I’m fighting against more experienced riders in a congested field but I want to give my best to get a good result. I need to convince my sponsors (Petronas) that I deserve more wild card rides in the Moto2 world championship.”
Malaysia’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin will start the Moto3 race from the fifth row after clocking the 15th fastest time in qualifying earlier.
Zulfahmi, who is still seeking his first podium of the year for Red Bull KTM Ajo, was inside the top 10 at the halfway stage of the 20-minute session with 1:44.836 but that changed quickly as time progressed.
Maverick Vinales of Spain clinched pole in the Moto3 class with 1:43.696.