Hafizh’s ‘balancing act’ gains worldwide attention

PETALING JAYA: Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah (pic) may not be fighting at the front lately but he sure knows how to capture worldwide attention in motorcycle racing.

The 26-year-old Malaysian’s spectacular “save” from a near-certain fall on his Moto2 bike while coming out of a sharp corner of the French Grand Prix in Le Mans stole the show on practice day.

The video of his incredible stunt (https://www.facebook.com/MotoGP/videos/3351001214968011) has been viewed more than 475,000 times since it was first posted on the MotoGP Facebook page 24 hours ago and received more than 11,000 likes.

Hafizh’s antics earned praise and admiration from viewers on his ability to control the bike.

“Ride ‘em cowboy’, ‘So stunning in slow mo’, ‘A superhuman save’, ‘Incredible save’, ‘He almost ran over his own foot’, ‘That would not have ended well’” – were among the hundreds of comments.

Hafizh returned to the Moto2 category this year with Aspar Racing after two seasons of competing in the premier class.

In Friday’s free practice, the Malaysian came in 21st.

Hafizh is still the only rider from South-East Asia to compete in the premier class (MotoGP) so far.

His best performance in the intermediate class this year was a sixth-place finish in the Jerez Spanish Grand Prix in July when the world championship resumed after a four-month break because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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