Hafizh targets top 5 finish in Moto2 return

(From left) Team owner Jorge Martinez, Hafizh and sporting manager Gino Borsoi. (Angel Nieto Team pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Red Bull KTM Tech3 rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah will ride for Moto2’s Angel Nieto Team next season.

The 25-year-old, who spent the last two seasons in MotoGP, moves back to the intermediate class where he made his Grand Prix debut as a wildcard in 2011.

“We can do a good job next season,” Hafizh told the team’s official website.

“Moto2 is not a new category but I will have different chassis, engine and tyres.

“I have raced against most of the riders and I can mix it up at the front.

“I will do my best to get top five finish as I have faith in the team.”

The Selangor-born rider will line up alongside Spaniard Aron Canet, who is stepping up from Moto3.

Hafizh, also known as Pescao (fish in Spanish) for his ability to ride well in rain, became a full-time GP rider in 2014.

He recorded top 10 Moto2 finishes in 2016 and 2017, scoring several podium finishes along the way.

He made the step up to the premier class in 2018 with Tech3, replacing ill German rider Jonas Folger.

Hafizh had a good debut season, finishing second in the Rookie of the Year standings, four points behind Italy’s Franco Morbidelli.

The former Petronas Raceline Malaysia rider finished 16th overall on 46 points.

But this year has been one to forget as Hafizh struggled to gel with Tech3’s KTM machine after switching from Yamaha.

He is 24th with only seven points to his name.