Hafizh qualifies strongly, finishes better at SilverstonePOSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 06 September 2016
MALAYSIAN Moto2 rider Hafizh Syahrin converted a strong qualifying performance into a fourth placing at the Silverstone, England, round of the world championship on the weekend.
Hafizh, qualified fifth on the grid — his best this season — on his PETRONAS Raceline machine and put it to good use to finish the race one place higher, equalling his season’s best performances at previous rounds in Qatar and Catalunya.
Hafizh completed the race in 38 minutes 50.832 seconds, 1.359s adrift of winner Thomas Luthi (Garage Plus Interwetten) and only 0.18s behind third placed Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia).
Hafizh has now notched eight top 10 finishes this season and improved his championship standing to eighth on 92 points after starting the weekend in ninth spot.
Hafizh has always struggled to qualify well since his Moto2 debut but has earned a reputation for having good race pace and finishing much higher than his grid position. Commentators have wondered aloud just how good he could be, if only he got his act together in qualifying.
This qualifying performance has now answered questions over his ability to race with the frontrunners — but he will need to prove he can do this consistently.
Rookies Khairul Idham Pawi and Adam Norrodin finished together, far from the points in a dry Moto3 race. Khairul (Honda Team Asia) came in 23rd, a distant 39.257s behind race winner Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) who clocked 38:39.142s.
Honda teammate Hiroki Ono (+16.963s) crossed the line in 20th. Adam (+39.257s) finished 24th while Drive M7 SIC Racing teammate Jakub Korfeil (+12.885s) just missed out on a point after coming in 16th. The next round of the series will be held at the Misano Circuit in Italy, this weekend.