After being taken off the 2020 MotoGP roster for Red Bull KTM Tech3, Malaysian MotoGP racer Hafizh Syahrin returns to the Moto2 class with the Angel Nieto Team. Hafizh will join Spaniard Aron Canet, who moves up from Moto3 after a season with the Sterilgarda Max Racing Team managed by former MotoGP champion Max Biaggi.
“I think that together with the Angel Nieto Team we can do a good job next season. Moto2 is not a new category for me because I already spent several years there,” said Hafizh. “I have raced against the majority of riders in this class and I think I can mix it up in front. I will give my best to be a top five rider,” Hafizh said.
Asked about the difficulty he and team mate Johann Zarco – who left KTM Tech3 suddenly in the middle of the season – Hafizh said he had problems getting the bike to deliver. “Despite trying different setups and adjusting my riding style, I simply could not get the bike to work,” he said.
Hafizh’s plans for the rest of the season is to have a good race and stay safe. “Hopefully with a top five result in Moto2 next year, I can make plans for a return to MotoGP in 2021,” continued Hafizh.
It was announced in July Hafizh’s place in the team would be taken by South African Brad Binder and while speculation was rife as to his next move, it was predicted that a return to Moto2 would be most likely. Binder is currently competing in Moto2 with Red Bull KTM Ojo and currently sits third in the championship.
The Malaysia MotoGP takes place in Sepang on November 1 to 3. The championship was sewn up by Marc Marquez at last weekend’s race in Buriram, Thailand with four races left in the 2019 calendar.