Hafizh to skip Misano race to be with ailing grandparents

PETALING JAYA: Moto2 rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah (pic) hopes his team will be understanding about his decision to skip the Emilia Romagna Motorcycle Grand Prix in Italy this weekend.

Hafizh decided not to fly out to Europe for the 16th round of the world championship as he wanted to be close to his ailing grandparents who have contracted Covid-19.

The NTS RW Racing GP rider disclosed that his grandparents had been hospitalised in Terengganu.

“I will not race (in Misano) this weekend because my grandpa and grandma both have stage 4 Covid. I apologise to my fans and sponsors,” said Hafizh.

“I hope my team understand my situation. It’s not easy for me to come back to Malaysia if anything happens as it takes about 16 hours of travelling.

“It is easier for a rider in Europe as it takes about three to four hours to move around there.

“My grandmother (father’s mother) passed away due to lung cancer last year but I could not come back in time, so I want to be around this time.

“I will continue to focus on training and will be back for the last two races of the season in Portimao and Valencia (next month),” said Hafizh, who has disclosed recently that this will be his last season in Moto2.

Hafizh is currently 28th in the standings with eight points.

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