Hafizh on song in Motegi rain

New Straits Times - - Sport -

HAFIZH Syahrin Ab­dul­lah was right at home in wet con­di­tions at the Ja­pan Mo­tor­cy­cle Grand Prix when he notched im­pres­sive lap times in the open­ing prac­tice ses­sions yes­ter­day.

The Petronas Race­line rider fin­ished the first prac­tice ses­sion (FP1) at the Twin Ring Motegi cir­cuit in third place with a time of two min­utes and 6.201 sec­onds, and backed it up with an equally im­pres­sive 2:06.629s for sixth in FP2.

Hafizh, who is cur­rently 11th in the over­all stand­ings on 66 points, said: “The track was tricky as it was rain­ing. It was rather wet but there was still some grip, which was good.”

“The rain per­sisted in the af­ter­noon, which made it a very wet FP2. I just kept push­ing as much as I could. I had to be care­ful not to go be­yond the limit.

“The bike felt great on the track, so now we just need to push on and stay fo­cused on our goals,” said Hafizh.

Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Khairul Id­ham Pawi was, how­ever, off the pace, man­ag­ing 31st (2:09.836s) in FP1 and 24th ( 2:08.107s) in FP2.

In Moto3, Adam Nor­rodin was also im­pres­sive in FP1 in 2:11.105s for sev­enth but set­tled for 26th af­ter suf­fer­ing a crash in FP2 (2:14.298s).

“We had a good first ses­sion and made a lot of progress.

“In FP2, the con­di­tions were quite dif­fer­ent.

“I could feel straight away that the grip was less than be­fore,” he said.

Adam’s team­mate Ayumu Sasaki took 11th (2:11.526s) and 20th (2:13.645s) in FP1 and FP2, re­spec­tively.

Adam Nor­rodin

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