The ‘Fish’ getting the hang of Motegi in Japanese GP

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Hafizh Syahrin marked his first outing at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit for the Japanese Grand Prix with the 15th fastest time in the Moto2 practice sessions.

Hafizh adapted to the 2.493km layout quickly to post his best lap of 1:52.470 in the second free practice – which was 0.775 seconds fastest than his effort in the first free practice earlier on Friday.

Leading the Moto2 timesheets was Spaniard Esteve Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team) who clocked 1:50.990, followed by AirAsia Caterham’s Johann Zarco (1:51.313) and Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Maverick Vinales (1:51.573).

“I’m pretty happy with the sessions as my machine keep on improving without the huge slides at the rear end. I was able to get better drives out of turns and that made a lot of difference to my lap time,” said Hafizh.

“However, I still need my engineer to sort out the chattering in the front when the bike is thrown in full lean. Hopefully we can clock quicker lap times in FP3 tomorrow and also during qualifying.”

Petronas Raceline Malaysia manager Barry Leong said: “Looking from the hills, I could see Hafizh now rides with more confidence and he is brave enough to tail the top riders. He needs to continue this trend to get a faster lap time.”

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