PETALING JAYA: It was a week to forget for Moto2 rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah (pic).
The Aspar team rider was in line to finish in the top 10 and earn championship points at the San Marino Grand Prix when he crashed out with four laps to go at the Misano track on Sunday.
The 26-year-old, who was making a return after a horrific crash at the Austrian GP on Aug 16, also had to cope with the loss of his grandmother Arbaieah Muhammad who succumbed to cancer five days before the race.
“My start was not bad. I was in the best position in the beginning but had some problems with the grip on the rear tyre. I couldn’t push the bike to the limit, ” said Hafizh who suffered a contusion on his pelvic from the crash in Austria.
“I used all my energy although I’m still not 100% fit. It was hard to change my position to the left side on the bike as I experienced some pain.
“I wanted to do my best to finish well for the team and pay tribute to my grandmother but this issues affected me and I struggled in the last nine laps before my race ended.
“I couldn’t really control the bike and suddenly I loss control of the front wheel grip in the last corner. It’s really disappointing because I could have finished in the top 10.”
The Selangor lad is currently 16th with 17 points in the 32-rider championship standing. Italian Luca Marini of Sky Racing Team VR46 leads with a massive 112 points.
Hafizh said it will be back to the drawing board as they seek a better outing and hopefully some luck at the same circuit this weekend.“For the next race we will try out a new setting and see what happens because it feels like we are lacking something, ” added Hafizh.
“We have it in us to do better because our lap times are not too far off the leaders.”