Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Hafizh Syahrin: won Round Eight of the CEV Moto2 Championship in Valencia

HAFIZH Syahrin Abdullah celebrated the announcement of his slot in the Moto2 World Championship next season in the best way he could, with victory in Round Eight of the CEV Moto2 Championship in Valencia on Sunday.

It was a repeat script of the 18-year-old's first ever victory in the series, achieved from pole position in Round Five in Navarra in October.

While championship leader Ramon Ramos' lead is out of reach, 27 points ahead with a maximum 25 on offer in the final round in Jerez next weekend, Hafizh could still land second spot in the championship.

With 135 points, Petronas Raceline Malaysia rider Hafizh is just seven points adrift of second-placed Alejandro Marinelarena of the Targobank team.

According to Petronas Raceline Malaysia team principal Barry Leong, it was a close race from the start with Ramos wresting the lead in the first lap while Hafizh was tailing him closely until the Malaysian made a pass on the fourth lap.

"However the race was not over when Marinelerena joined in the duel towards the end of the race and Hafizh did a marvellous job to fend off both Spaniards at the chequered flag," said Barry.

Hafizh said he was nervous at the start as he was reminded of the mistake that saw him crash out on the first lap of his race as a wild card in the Grand Prix of Valencia a week earlier.

"I tried to dictate my rivals' strategy at the beginning and it worked really well this time as I knew I could win if I played it cool," said Hafizh.

"I am very happy with the results today and winning the second time in this year's championship is really satisfying especially after the disappointment I had last weekend here in Valencia."

With the focus set to be on building towards Hafizh's debut as a full-season World Championship rider right after the final round this weekend, Barry said he was satisfied with the way the team rebounded off the disappointment of a week earlier.

"Hafizh did well again to record his second win. It was really sweet after last week's failure to finish at the final MotoGP round at same circuit," said Barry.

"The team crew did another great job to keep Hafizh highly motivated. Big credit to our boys as they played a big part to ensure Hafizh got the highest level of support.

"The final round will be in Jerez next weekend and we hope our boy can record a third victory before saying goodbye to the CEV Championship."

In the Moto3 class, Touchline-SIC-Ajo rider Amirul HAfiq Mohd Azmi produced his best ever qualifying result on Saturday, making it to fourth on the grid.

But a heavy crash during the warm-up session landed the 17-year-old in hospital and he was forced to miss both races.

In Amirul Hafiq's absence, teammate Husni Aizat Abdul Malik managed one of his better performances of the season when he finished 28th and 22nd in the two Moto3 races.

*Taken from NST Online
*For Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah's twitter, click here.

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