Hafizh still awaiting news from TMJ


KUALA LUMPUR – Former national Moto2 rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah (picture) is still waiting for news from Tunku Mahkota Johor (TMJ) Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim who last June expressed an interest to sponsor him in the big league.

Hafizh, who is currently in London on personal matters, said he was waiting for the green light to have an audience with Tunku Ismail as it was understood that the royal benefactor was busy with the affairs of the Johor Darul Ta’zim football team besides helping his people in the state deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Not yet (news on sponsorship), he is very busy at this time because there is other work that needs to be completed. After returning to Malaysia, I will be free and will wait to be given an audience (by TMJ),” Hafizh said in an online press conference on Tuesday.

Tunku Ismail attracted the attention of motorsport fans in the country after giving a positive response to a question posed by an Instagram user on whether he was keen in sponsoring Hafizh.

“I’m interested,” TMJ said in a brief reaction during a question-and-answer session on his Instagram account.

Hafizh, who will make his debut at the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) with the Mie Racing Honda team starting the 2022 season, had bid farewell to the MotoGP world last Sunday.

In his last race of the Moto2 season, the NTS RW Racing GP team rider finished 15th out of 25 riders at the Valencia Grand Prix (GP) at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Spain. The move to WSBK also saw the 27-year-old end an eight-season career in MotoGP competition, including two seasons competing in the premier class in 2018 and 2019, since becoming a full-time rider in 2014.