Hafizh, Khairul on right gear af­ter Spain tests

New Straits Times - - Sport - By Farah Azharie

MOTO2 riders Hafizh Syahrin and Khairul Id­ham Pawi fin­ished 14th and 16th re­spec­tively in the of­fi­cial test runs at Cir­cuito de Jerez, Spain on Satur­day.

Fol­low­ing a three-day test, Petronas Race­line Malaysia rider Hafizh clocked 1:42.895s, 0.906sec­onds be­hind 2014 World Cham­pion Alex Mar­quez of EG 0.0 March VDS.

Two spots be­hind Hafizh and 0.020 sec­onds slower is Khairul Id­ham of Idemitsu Honda Team Asia who fin­ished ahead of 15 Moto2 riders.

In Moto3, Ayumu Sasaki and Adam Nor­rodin of the Sepang In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit (SIC) Rac­ing Team con­cluded the third and fi­nal of­fi­cial test­ing on the same cir­cuit at 19th and 21st, re­spec­tively.

Ayumu, with 1:47.157s, was able to use the fi­nal day to fur­ther ad­vance his work on the Honda NSF250RW, fin­ish­ing in third place, just 0.633-sec­onds off the top timesheets led by Ital­ian Ni­colo Bulega of Sky Rac­ing Team VR46.

“In the end, we left the test with a good setup that I’m con­fi­dent I can im­prove on in Qatar,” said Ayumu.

Adam, 18, push­ing him­self to the limit, found good pace with his bike in do­ing 54 laps, and his fastest time was 1:47.435s.

“Over­all, I’m happy with how this test has gone. I have a much bet­ter feel­ing on the bike and we have learned a lot that will help us this sea­son,” said Adam.

All four Malaysian riders will head to Qatar for the sec­ond of­fi­cial test at Lo­sail In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit on March 17-19.

Hafizh Syahrin

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