Proving that consistency is the key to winning at racing, Malaysian MotoGP rider Hafizh Syahrin gained four more precious world championship points at the Italian MotoGP at Mugello, Italy. This brings him even with Franco Morbidelli of Italy at 17 points in the MotoGP world championship standings in his bid to win the “Rookie of the Year” title.

Riding for Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Hafizh, popularly known by his race moniker “El Pescao” or The Fish, saw a dip in his performance at the race in Spain, before coming back with four points in the French MotoGP. Hafizh finished the race in 12th position, two places behind team mate Johann Zarco.

The race also saw the comeback of MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo, who has previously been struggling to find his form on the Ducati Racing Desmosedici. Fellow Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso made it a Ducati one-two at the 5.245 km long circuit, while fan favourite Valentino Rossi came in third after starting on pole.

Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez crashed during the race, relegating him to a 16th place finish and no championship points. However, Marquez still stands at the top with 95 points, followed by Rossi with 72 points and Maverick Vinales in third with 67 points.

In Moto2, Khairul Idham Pawi, also known as “SuperKIP”, finished in 18th place, and has a single point in the championship standings. Fellow Malaysian Adam Norrodin, racing in Moto3, dropped out after 18 laps and is sitting 19th in the ranking at 16 points.