PETALING JAYA: It was a day of adaptation for Malaysian riders in the Moto2 world championship as the season opens at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar on Thursday.
Petronas Raceline Malaysia rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah had a bad start in the first practice session as he suffered from steering issues to clock 2:03.038 for 22nd fastest.
Team engineers managed to improve his Kalex bike for the second session but it was a bit too late as light shower interrupted the session. Hafizh’s best time of 2:02.309 was the 21st fastest from 30 riders.
Briton Sam Lowes clocked the fastest time with 1:59.717 set in the first session.
Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman of Idemitsu Honda Team Asia managed the 23rd fastest time in Qatar after clocking 2:02.595.
Azlan, who picked up the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) SuperSport 600cc title at the same circuit in 2013, complained of suspension issues prior the second practice session.
World championship debutant Zaqhwan Zaidi of JPMoto Malaysia slotted in 26th fastest on Thursday after setting the time of 2:03.6.44 in the second session. He improved from his time of 2:05.320 from the first session.
Riders will enjoy another day of practice on Friday before qualifying starts on Saturday.