Hafizh gets precious point after Italian rider’s misfortune

PETALING JAYA: Despair turned into joy for Moto2 rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah (pic) at the French GP following another man’s misfortune.

The 27-year-old secured a morale-boosting first point of the season for himself and new team RW Racing after being placed 15th among 31 racers at the Le Mans Circuit on Sunday.

Hafizh had initially finished just outside the point-earning position in 16th spot after clocking 41:18.672 in the 25-lap contest.

But shortly later, Hafizh was promoted to 15th due to the disqualification of 11th-placed Italian Lorenzo Dalla Porta from the race for being underweight by one kilogram.

After the race, the Italtrans Racing rider and bike weighed at 216kg, compared to the 217kg set as a minimum limit.

Due to that, Hafizh moved up and so did his Belgian teammate Barry Baltus from 17th to 16th.

The race was won by Spaniard Raul Fernandez of Red Bull KTM Ajo (40:46.101).

For Hafizh, it was a point to savour as he had not picked up any since finishing 13th for three points at the Tereul GP in Aragon, Spain last October.

Hafizh failed to complete the race in the season-opening Qatar GP, but he did show gradual improvements after that by finishing 21st, 18th and 17th at the GPs of Doha, Portuguese and Spanish respectively.

While he was grateful to have bagged a point, Hafizh believes he could have fought for a top six position had his bike not given him trouble towards the end of the race.

“I’m really disappointed... I was able to fight for top six, but my bike temperature was getting hotter from 80 degrees to 130 with seven laps to go, and we lost the power of the bike, ” said Hafizh in his official fan club page.

“I’ll go for the next one!”

Hafizh, whose best finish was a ninth place overall in the 2016 season, will now aim to build on the point he earned at the Italian GP from May 28-30.

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