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.