He’s a rookie, he’s the first Malaysian rider and he’s making his first season debut on his home circuit this weekend. Hafizh Syahrin currently stands in 18th place with 34 points, just 12 points behind his fellow MotoGP rookie rider, Franco Morbidelli.
As the riders head into the race weekend on the Sepang International Circuit, we hope to see Syahrin maintain the momentum we have seen from him throughout the 2018 season, specifically his performance at the Japan Grand Prix.
The Malaysian rookie placed 10th on the Twin Ring Motegi circuit this year, leaving us optimistic about his performance this coming weekend.
Q: Why are we feeling optimistic?
A: The Twin Ring Motegi is a diverse circuit in regards to configuration and shares many similarities with the Sepang Int. Circuit. Syahrin’s indexes from the Japan GP reflect his adaptability and maturing characteristics as a MotoGP racer.
Q: What made Syahrin’s indexes from the Japan GP so competitive?
A: Placing 10th, Syahrin showed he was a consistent, adaptable rider. He proved to be a “well rounded” rider as we like to call it. This means he carried the same level of performance throughout all four sectors, opposed to excelling in three and struggling through the fourth. His speed indexes reflect ambitious sector times where he was not far behind the “top dogs.” What we really love about Syahrin’s indexes from the Japan GP is his consistency. Hafizh Syahrin wasted no time during his debut season to work on improving his consistency which going forward, will help his riding excel at a much faster rate.
Q: Is there anything else to take into consideration?
A: This is Hafizh Syahrin’s HOME CIRCUIT.
Good luck to Syahrin and all riders going into this hot race weekend at the Sepang International Circuit!