Hafizh Syahrin delivered another praiseworthy performance to finish Round 5 of the Moto2 World Championship ninth in the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans Circuit on Sunday.
The PETRONAS Raceline Malaysia rider completed the grueling 26-lap battle in 42’46.542s, improving by five positions having started the race 13th after Saturday’s qualifying.
Similar to the previous rounds, Hafizh enjoyed a smooth start but was slowed down by heavy traffic entering Turn 1. Although he was unable to improve his position immediately, he got a clean exit and gradually made his way up the field.
The race was won by Swiss rider, Tom Luthi in 42’27.001s ahead of reigning Moto2 Champion, Tito Rabat with Frenchman, Johann Zarco completing the podium.
“It has been another great weekend here and I am very happy to score another 9 points. The race was tough and I had to focus really hard to ride well. I tried to follow the front group but some corners are just risky too push. A couple of times my front end almost gave in but I managed to make them stick until the end of the race. Thank you to the team for preparing another competitive bike. See you next race in Mugello,” said Hafizh.
Team manager, Barry Leong commented, “We are delighted to capture another top 10 finish in Le Mans. A lot of hard work was put into this weekend and we are relieved everything paid off. The team crew did a marvelous job and Hafizh was strong in the race. It was not easy because this circuit has some strange corners especially at the hill sectors and we made it a point to advise Hafizh to be extra careful and not to push too hard in those areas.”
Moto2 Race Results
1.Thomas Luthi (SWI) 42’27.011s
2.Tito Rabat (SPA) 42’28.778s
3.Johann Zarco (FRA) 42’30.771s
4.Sam Lowes (GBR) 42’31.087s
5.Franco Morbidelli (ITA) 42’41.503s
9.Hafizh Syahrin (MAS) 42’46.542s