PETALING JAYA: Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah’s hopes of a top 10 finish in Moto2 evaporated under the Spanish sun at the Valencia Grand Prix.
Hafizh finished out of the points in 19th spot in a race where he struggled to close the gap on the front riders.
He started from 26th as his Aspar team struggled to find the best set-up which would allow him to push the bike to the maximum.
“We close a complicated weekend in which we have been struggling a lot to try to understand our situation.
“We have improved but not enough.
“In the race there was a lot of wind and it was difficult for me to turn the bike, ” explained Hafizh.
“It has been a nightmare this weekend. What we have tried has not worked.
“We improved in one point and did badly in another, ” added Hafizh, who has only scored 21 points from three races this season.
Another Malaysian, Khairul Idham Pawi, also struggled in the Moto3.
The Petronas Sprinta Racing Team rider did not have the best of starts and lost places off the line, eventually crashing out with two laps to go.
“It has not been a great day. I did not have a good feeling with the bike, crashed in warm-up and then again in the race.
“It was a difficult race and I felt like I didn’t have the pace to stay with the others, ” said Khairul.
“I lost the front of the bike in the second corner with a couple of laps to go, which isn’t a good way to finish the day.”
Teammate John McPhee battled hard at the Ricardo Tormo circuit to cross the finish line just outside of the top 10 in 11th.