HAFIZH WOWS THE CROWD AHEAD OF 2017 SUZUKA 8 HOUR

Malaysian Moto2 rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah had been remarkable in his Suzuka 8 Hour debut so far.

Ahead of the main race on Sunday, Hafizh had already created a strong impression. There were no ‘first time’ excuses from this 23-year-old. It didn’t matter that he had never raced at the Suzuka Circuit. He did not say that he needed time to get used to the unfamiliar Suzuki GSX-R1000 L7. He just got on with the job.

Hafizh was a part of Team Kagayama – a team with strong podium potentials. His team mates were none other than Yukio Kagayama himself and Naomichi Uramoto.

The team clocked 2’09.571s (P11) in the first supplementary practice. In the rainy Free Practice session on Friday, they stopped the clock at 2’13.380 (P10).

Hafizh posted the team’s best time during the riders’ individual qualifying session on Friday afternoon. He clocked 2’09.605 in QP1, and then upped the ante in QP2 with 2’08.023.

The Malaysian rider joined Kagayama on the highly anticipated Top 10 Trials on Saturday where his superpole time of 2’08.616s earned Team Kagayama the right to park their bike ninth on the grid.