Thursday, October 10, 2013

Two Moto2 Racers On Differing Missions At Sepang Circuit

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 (Bernama) -- Two Malaysian racers will take on the country's challenge in the Moto2 category of the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2013 with differing missions at the Sepang Circuit this weekend.

Senior rider, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman, who qualified for the Moto2 category on merit after winning the 600cc Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC), does not see himself completing the race.

The 29-year-old racer is representing Honda Team Asia.

"Even though I have gone through two MotoGP series, I still need to learn more on handling Moto2 machines.

"I need to find my rhythm and familiarise myself with the motorcycle. It is a new thing and is very different from the 600cc machines I rode before," he told Bernama.

The Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix is the third outing for Azlan after having ridden in the San Marino Grand Prix and the Aragon Grand Prix.

"I have always wanted to be in MotoGP action and now, the opportunity is here, I need to really get used to my motorcycle," said Azlan Shah who was tested on wild cards in the last two races in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah - who will soon be in action again on a wild card at the Malaysian Motorcycle GP - hopes to race on a wet track. "Everybody knows my edge in racing in the rain. If the track is wet, I am confident of achieving the same result as last year," he said.

The 19-year-old Petronas Raceline Malaysia team rider has set his target to be with the top 15 racers if the circuit is dry.

In the Malaysian Motorcycle GP last year, Hafizh Syahrin shocked the racing circle when he finished fourth.

The Kuala Lumpur rider made his maiden appearance in Moto2 after receiving a wild card with Zamri Baba in 2011.

"Personally, I am ready for the full season in this category as I have been winning the wild cards for my team, so far," he said.

If he was given the chance to race for a full season at the World Motorcycle Championship, Hafizh Syahrin will want to remain with the same team.

"My career develops with Petronas Raceline Malaysia team and I want to continue with the team," he said.


-- BERNAMA

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