The 17-year-old qualified fifth earlier and was considered an outside podium threat in the support race for the MotoGP event at the famed Brickyard circuit.
Despite having only two sessions of practices before the race, Hafizh did well to wrestle the “Big Beast” Harley machine to score a podium in his first ever visit to United States.
“Obviously, I am so delighted to have a podium finish in this event as I never expected it due to the fact that I am riding with an unfamiliar machine and a circuit I have never stepped foot on before.
“I came here because I wanted to learn about the circuit for the next year’s Moto2.
“I was fourth on the last lap and thought ‘I can’t make the podium’, but then I managed to overtake the rider in front of me.
“I enjoyed the race and would like to thank the sponsors for supporting me and bringing me here,” said the Petronas-backed youngster from Indianapolis.
Race 1 was won by former 500cc Grand Prix racer Jeremy Mcwilliams just 0.039 seconds ahead of title hopeful and two-time Indy winner Tyler O’Hara.