Hafizh pos­i­tive on new Kalex

New Straits Times - - Sport - Azharie Farah

Syahrin will fine-tune his new bike, the 2017 Kalex, in a three-day test in Jerez, Spain, start­ing to­day.

The Petronas Race­line Malaysia rider said: “I am go­ing to utilise the test days to syn­chro­nise my bike and get the best fit pos­si­ble.’

Hafizh first laid eyes on his new rid­ing com­pan­ion when his team held their own un­of­fi­cial test on Feb 27.

Last year, Hafizh’s per­for­mance was af­fected by a nag­ging chat­ter­ing prob­lem in his bike.

How­ever, the prob­lem has been fixed with a new chas­sis as Hafizh com­petes in his fourth sea­son in Moto2.

“The new bike is cer­tainly re­act­ing pos­i­tively and it’s far more stable than the one I had last year,” he said.

In what could be his last chance to ride for Petronas Race­line Malaysia, Hafizh must fight for a podium fin­ish this year to earn his Mo­toGP slot for 2018

The Moto2 and Moto3 teams will gear up for the 2017 sea­son with the Cir­cuito de Jerez first to host the in­ter­me­di­ate and light­weight classes on March 8-10, fol­lowed by a sec­ond of­fi­cial test at Lo­sail In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit in Qatar, the week­end ahead of the first grand prix.

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