Point-less outing for Hafizh
KUALA LUMPUR: Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah failed to get a single point in the Spanish Grand Prix today.
The Malaysian, riding for Monster Yamaha Tech3, could only finish 16th at the Jerez circuit.
Hafizh completed the 25-lap race with a total time of 42 minutes 21.539s
He has still to fully recover from last week’s bicycle accident while training which saw him suffer bruises.
After four rounds of the MotoGP, Hafizh has amassed nine points (two from Qatar GP) and seven from Argentina GP).
Marc Marquez won his home Spanish Grand Prix and took the overall MotoGP lead after the reigning champion's main rivals collided spectacularly.
The Honda rider was in a race of his own for the last eight laps after the Ducati pairing of Andrea Dovizioso, the previous championship leader, and Jorge Lorenzo collided with Honda's Dani Pedrosa while fighting for second place.
Pedrosa, who had wrist surgery less than a month ago, was thrown high over his bike after trying to go past the two Ducatis on the inside.
Lorenzo came across into the corner as Dovizioso went wide, colliding with Pedrosa and sending the two Ducatis into the gravel. All three riders walked away from the crash.
French Tech3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco was gifted the runner-up slot, 5.241 seconds behind, and is now Marquez's closest rival in the championship.
Britain's Cal Crutchlow started on pole position for the LCR Honda team but failed to finish, crashing out at turn one after nine laps and while in fourth place.
In Moto3, Malaysia’s Adam Norrodin finished 16th in the Spanish GP after starting 27th on the grid.
The Petronas Sprinta Racing ace was in a tussle with Japanese Ai Ogura for 15th spot which would have earned him a point.
Adam’s teammate, Ayumu Sasaki got four points after finishing 12th.
Spanish rider Philipp Oettl of the Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing team, won the Moto 3 race.