Moto2 ace Hafizh Syahrin rode steadily to win in the CEV Repsol Spanish
Championships at the Navarra Circuit on Sunday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Hafizh Syahrin earned a perfect boost ahead of the
Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang next month by recording his
first-ever Moto2 win in the CEV Repsol Spanish Championships at the
Navarra Circuit on Sunday.
Hafizh also made it a double podium later by finishing third in Race 2
but his earlier win in the ultra competitive Spanish motorcycling
series, which is the cradle of world motorcycle racing, was remarkable
in the sense that he is the first Malaysian rider to win in Europe.
Hafizh, who started third on the grid, was unusually slow at the start
of Race 1 in the fifth leg of the championship and was pushed back to
fifth by Turn 1.
But that did not stop the lad from Selangor from working his way up
along the twisty circuit, chasing after leaders Roman Ramos and
Hafizh rode superbly to pass the leading Spanish duo with six laps to go.
Despite unrelenting pressure from his arch- rivals, Hafizh managed to
maintain the lead until the chequered flag at the end of the 18-lap
Hafizh’s won in 30:50.823, ahead of Marinelerana (30:51.128) while championship leader Ramos took third place with 30:56.440.
“I was a little nervous at the starting grid. I knew my machine was good
and I had a lot of confidence that I could make this happen.
“I told myself not to let anyone down and despite a bad start, I was
still certain that I would be able to catch the two top guys,” said
Hafizh, who will make his second appearance in the Malaysian GP as a
Hafizh is certainly delighted to be growing stronger round by round.
“This is the proudest moment of my career. I finally won in the Spanish Championship (his second year).
“All the hard work paid off. To my team, our sponsors, my family and
everyone back home in Malaysia, I dedicate this win to you all.
“Without my team and my sponsors, especially Petronas, I would never have reached this stage.”
With the win, Hafizh closed in on Marinelarena in the overall standings.
Now with 94 points under his belt, Hafizh is only three points away from
challenging the Spaniard for the second overall position.