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Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah at a recent race.
Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah at a recent race.

PUTRAJAYA: Moto2 rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah can heave a sigh of relief now that he has secured at least 60 per cent of the sponsorship needed for his World Motorcycle Championship challenge this season.

Hafizh, who will begin his campaign at the World MotoGP on March 6-8 at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, today signed a sponsorship deal with UMW Grantt International Sdn Bhd.

UMW Grantt International, however, did not disclose the total sponsorship for Hafizh Syahrin.

“With this sponsorship, I am now determined to give it my all for the sake of the country,” he told reporters after signing the agreement with UMW Grantt International, represented by UMW autoparts senior general manager Anas Nasrun Mohd Osman.

Hafizh, who is still adapting to his new machine, returns to Moto2 with the Angel Nieto team after two seasons in the premier class MotoGP.

“I have to adjust to the new machine because it is different. It would be easier if I was moving from a lower category (Moto3) to Moto2. However, I am not too concerned about this because I am confident of giving my best.

“I believe the support from Grantt, Sepang International Circuit and the Sports Ministry will help me to do better in the test race and race proper in Qatar,” he said. BERNAMA

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