Ramdan unable to finish strongly in Spain

  • Motorsport
  • Monday, 30 May 2016

Ramdan Rosli to race as a wildcard rider in Catalan Grand Prix in June.

PETALING JAYA: Youngster Ram­dan Rosli’s hopes of putting up a strong show in the second round of the Moto2 European Championship in Spain failed to materialise.

The 20-year-old Petronas Talent Development rider could only finish 13th in Race 1 and 17th in Race 2 at Motorland Aragon on Sunday.

Ramdan, the only Malaysian competing in the championship, started from ninth in Race 1 and showed promising pace to battle it out with the front pack in the opening stages.

But he dropped to 13th after running wide at Turn 1 on lap seven due to gear problems.

He managed to maintain his position to cross the finish line in 29:43.997.

South African Steven Odendaal won the 15-lap race in 29:08.156.

There was a huge crash at the start of the back straight in Race 2. The race was restarted and reduced to 10 laps.

Ramdan did not get a good start and eventually clocked 19:52.657 to finish 17th and out of the points. Odendaal again emerged victorious in 19:18.683.

Said Ramdan: “I was very confident in Race 1 because we had good pace. It was unfortunate we encountered issues with the gear shifter. It worked well during practice and qualifying sessions but during the race I could not engage higher gear.

“As for Race 2, I tried my best to fight for the best possible finish. But I encountered the same gear problems. I’m sorry to have disappointed the team and sponsors. Now, I hope to do well in the next race in Catalunya (June 11-12).”

With the three points in Race 1, Ramdan is 20th in the overall standings with eight points.

He collected five points after finishing 11th in Race 2 in the opening leg in Valencia last month.

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