Ride on new bike finally gets smoother for Hafizh after four rounds


Fabio Di Giannantonio celebrates with Hafizh Syahrin after winning the moto2 race at the Spanish Grand Prix. - REUTERS/Jon Nazca

PETALING JAYA: Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah feels he has come to grips with the new NTS Japanese-made bike he has been using in the Moto2 world championship.

Hafizh, the only Malaysian flagbearer in the world championship, gave his best showing after four rounds when he finished 17th in the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez Circuit on Sunday despite starting from the second last row.

“The time I set is not very far from what the race winner Fabio di Giannantonio (of Italy) did and that’s something positive.

“I look forward to the French Grand Prix next weekend, ” said Hafizh, who signed up for NTS RW Racing GP team for the 2021 season.

“I’ve made progress after the first three races. I have closed the gap on the riders in front by about 35 seconds.

“I believe if I can get a good start, I have a chance to finish in the top 10 to 15.

“I hope for another good outing in France.

“I am beginning to understand my bike better.

“There is still a lot to improve on, especially on the suspension settings.”

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