KUALA LUMPUR: National rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah struggled again in the second round of the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) at the Assen circuit in the Netherlands yesterday, and he blamed the machine.
The Mie Racing Honda rider said he used all his experience in both races but still couldn’t produce a positive result because his bike lacked certain aspects.
Hafizh said his team is aware of the machine’s shortcomings and is trying to fix the problem before the next race.
“I hope to see a marked improvement in my machine for the next race. My teammate had a new item but we didn’t have enough time to prepare both (machines) at the same time.
“So he tried it first and we could see an improvement although he was still a long way behind the two (factory) Honda machines, which are different from ours,” he said. in an audio clip shared with the media today.
The former MotoGP and Moto2 rider finished 17th and 20th in the Netherlands to find himself without any points for the second time in a row after the first round in Spain earlier this month.
His teammate, Argentinian Leandro Mercado, finished in 15th and 19th places.
Hafizh said that given the long break before the next race in Portugal on May 20-22, he would return to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri with his family, in addition to training to improve his physical endurance.
“I’m confident I’ll give a good fight but I’m afraid that’s the result I can deliver for now. I will continue to work hard and stay highly motivated,” he added. – Bernama