After finishing just outside the points with a 16th place in the previous MotoGP in Jerez, Spain, Malaysian racer Hafizh Syahrin made amends in the race at Le Mans, France. Finishing in 12th position, Hafizh, popularly known as “El Pescao” or “The Fish”, garnered four points, bringing his world championship total to 13.

Recovering from an injury suffered during training in Spain a few weeks ago, Hafizh started the race in 18th position, fighting his way up to mid-pack, finishing 34.962 seconds behind the race winner. Meanwhile, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team mate Johann Zarco crashed out on lap 8 of his home race despite starting from pole position with a time of 1’31.185.

Hafizh’ 13 points puts him within three points of rookie rival Franco Morbidelli of Italy, who rides for EG 0,0 Marc VDS on a Honda. Hafizh has previously stated his goal this year is to win the “Rookie of the Year” title.

In Moto2, Khairul Idham Pawi (20), riding for Idemitsu Honda Team Asia finished 15th, earning him a single world championship point, his first for the 2018 season. Adam Norrodin, riding for Petronas Sprinta Racing in Moto3, crashed with one lap to go with the race won by Spaniard Albert Arenas of Angel Nieto Team Moto3.

The 27-lap MotoGP race at Le Mans was won by Spaniard Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda with a time of 41’49.773 with Italians Danilo Petrucci and fan favourite Valentino Rossi coming in second and third, respectively. The MotoGP circus moves to Mugello, Italy on June 3 for the Oakley Italian Grand Prix.