Hafizh Syahrin wins the Moto2 European Championship at the first leg of the FIM CEV Repsol International Championship at Albacete Circuit in Spain. File pix by ASYRAF HAMZAH.

KUALA LUMPUR: WILDCARD entry Hafizh Syahrin has emerged as the winner of the Moto2 European Championship at the first leg of the FIM CEV Repsol International Championship of the season at Albacete Circuit in Spain.

The Petronas Raceline Malaysia rider took a spot on the podium with his best effort of 31:13.926 seconds as Spaniard Hector Garzo trailed by 5.016s in second and EasyRace Moto2 rider Augusto Fernandez concluded in third.

The race, initially intended for Hafizh to get in-sync with his Kalex 2017 bike, saw the 23-year-old complete 20-lap easily to provide the necessary confidence for him to go into this weekend’s Moto2 at the fourth leg of MotoGP in Spain.

Meanwhile, in the Moto3 Junior World Championship, Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin, who started on 20th position on the grid, ended his race in 21st place with a time of 31:46.301s.

The race was won by Spaniard Jeremy Alcoba with his best effort of 30:41.602s, while Reale Avintia rider Makar Yurchenko and Jaume Masia of Cuna de Campeones finished in second and third, respectively.

The next Moto3 race will take place on May 20 at Le Mans, France while races for all categories will commence on June 18 in Barcelona.

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