Added incentive for Fahmi at Indianapolis

Published on August 26th, 2010

With three MotoGP races scheduled during Ramadhan, Malaysian 125cc MotoGP rider Mohd Zulfahmi Khairuddin is taking it all in a stride. Though it is the fasting month, his routine has not varied, though he also has to contend with the long fasting hours.

“I would have my ‘sahur’ (pre-dawn meal) at 5am, and then I would break my fast at 8.30pm with either pasta or rice. It is quite tiring during Ramadhan as the fasting hours are very long, and I still have to undergo training and fitness sessions. But I do my best to fast.”

“I do miss breaking fast with my family, but I’m really hoping to go home for Hari Raya Aidilfitri since we don’t have a race during that period. Of course, this would be up to the team manager,” said Zulfahmi, who is facing his first Ramadhan away from his family.

The young rider, who hails from Banting, Selangor may have an extra incentive to perform at the Indianapolis Grand Prix this weekend.

“You never know, if he performs exceptionally well, maybe we will bring him back for Hari Raya Aidilfitri,” said Sepang International Circuit Chief Executive Officer, Razlan Razali.

“It must be difficult for Fahmi during the fasting month, but I am sure he has good judgment and will adjust accordingly to his training regime and race preparations. I’m sure it’s not easy being away from home during the month of Ramadhan for the first time, but being a true professional, this is something that he has sacrificed.”

“Success does not come easily, not without some form of sacrifice. We always hope for Fahmi to do well each race and I am sure he is already mentally and physically prepared to take on the Indianapolis GP circuit. Not many Malaysians get to see this circuit and Fahmi will be one of the few Malaysians to actually race there. We wish him all the best,” said Razlan.

AirAsia Group CEO Dato’ Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes said, “It can’t be easy for Fahmi at this time of year to be away from his family, but he is proving his dedication to the team and his riding that despite this, he is sticking to his routine. Going to Indianapolis will be another adventure for Fahmi before he returns to Europe and as always, we wish him good luck for the race as he continues to make us all proud.”

The Team Air Asia-Sepang International Circuit rider has had a number of worthy successes on the track this season; chalking up a point each at Catalunya Grand Prix, German Grand Prix and more recently, Czech Republic Grand Prix at the Brno Circuit.

There is a good reason to say: “It is something special” when you talk about Indianapolis.

Indianapolis is not only about speed, but culture as well. You can feel it in the special relationship existing between the track and its town, in the well-organized venue and in the friendly people running the place – from marshals to clerks, from wardens to waiters, everybody is ready to help. And happy to do it. Motor racing, here, is a religion.

At the same time, the track is not particularly tricky or technical, for bikes. Alessandro Tognelli, AirAsia- Sepang International Circuit’s technical director, explains why: “It is a nice and peculiar place, but not as tricky or technical as other circuits scheduled for the Championship.”

“Corners are not particularly demanding and, as far as the technical people are concerned, the main task is finding a set-up taking into account the bumps, and the variation of grip due to different qualities of tarmac. It is difficult, for a rider, making the difference, here.”

“Taking advantage of any slipstream is the most important issue. But precisely because of this, it will be a remarkable experience for our young guys. For them, anything new is highly valuable in order of collecting information and experience.”

INDIANAPOLIS CIRCUIT INFO

Pole Position: Right

Length: 4218 m / 2621 miles

Width: 16m

Right corners: 6

Left corners: 10

Longest straight: 644 m (0,40 miles)

Circuit records:

MotoGP 1’40.152 – J. Lorenzo ’09, Yamaha

250cc 1’44.720 – M. Simoncelli ’09, Gilera

125cc 1’49.039 – B. Smith ’09, Aprilia

2009 winners:

MotoGP J. Lorenzo (SPA), Yamaha

250cc M. Simoncelli (ITA), Gilera

125cc P. Espargaro (SPA), Derbi

words & pix: AirAsia-SIC

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