Malaysian Moto2 rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah has continued to improve at the sixth leg of the MotoGP in Mugello, Italy. Hafizh shows signs of recovery when he posted 19th fastest in the second and third free practice sessions respectively. He first sliced off 0.7seconds off his lap times in the second free practice with 1’53.952s and went 0.3 seconds faster in the third free practice to bring his fastest time to 1’53.445s.
However, Hafizh is still not satisfied with his laptimes, especially because he is still having issues with tyre selection. On top of that, Hafizh is still not fully recovered from the fever which has sapped him of his physical strength.
“I had a better run this session but I am not happy with the small improvement of my lap times. I believe that I can go qiucker but the mixed feelings I have with the tyres choice has affected my riding performance. I keep experiencing slides here and there from the rear end and pushing hard makes me really nervous,” said Hafizh.
Team manager Barry Leong attributed these tyre problems to the uncertain Italian Tuscan weather. “The temperature did not provide a consistent reading and is causing confusion for our team engineers. There is more uncontrollable sliding on the rear tyres and this problem must be looked into before the Qualifying to ensure that Hafizh continues to stay consistent in the points rankings. We need to work out the balance between the tyres and the tarmac temperature,” said Barry.
Moto2 Free Practice 3 Results
1. Tito Rabat (SPA) 1’51.820s
2. Sam Lowes (GBR) 1’52.014s
3. Johann Zarco (FRA) 1’52.034s
4. Thomas Luthi (SWI) 1’52.511s
5. Luis Salom (SPA) 1’52.540
19. Hafizh Syahrin (MAS) 1’53.445s
GRAN PREMIO D’ITALIA TIM
Date: May 30, 2015
Circuit: Mugello Circuit, Italy
Session: Free Practice 3
Weather: Cool and Dry
Air Temp: 21C
Best Lap: 1:53.445s
No. of Laps: 19