Hafizh needs to step up a gear after coming in fifth


PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Moto2 rider Hafizh Syahrin will be looking to make amends after qualifying fifth fastest in the second leg of the Spanish Championships at Motor-land Aragorn in Spain yesterday.

The Petronas Raceline Malaysia rider, riding a Kalex machine, was fourth fastest after clocking 1:57.288 in the second qualifying practice in the afternoon.

Hafizh, however, was pushed a rung down to fifth as there were four riders who clocked a better time than him in the combined time sheets. Hafizh was fifth fastest in the first qualifying practice with a time of 1:57.609.

Jesko Raffin of Switzerland grabbed pole position after clocking 1:55.523 in the second qualifying practice, which turned out to be the fastest for the day.

In Moto3, the two Malaysian riders – Hafiq Azmi and Aizat Malik – failed to make an impression in the qualifying practice.

Hafiq was placed 24th after clocking 2:05.179 while Aizat finished 45th out of the 46-rider field with a time of 2:12.273.

The 19-year-old Hafizh, who was fastest in the free practice on Friday, will be eager to score some points after a disastrous start to the season. He crashed out at the Catalunya Circuit last month despite starting from pole position.

Hafizh’s confidence has been bolstered by the positive outing in his first foreign Moto2 wildcard appearance at the French Grand Prix in Le Mans last weekend.

He finished 22nd despite suffering a first lap crash that left him with a broken clutch lever.

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