Gloomy day for Zulfahmi of AirAsia-SIC and MotoGP

Published on September 7th, 2010

It was a gloomy day for Zulfahmi Khairuddin, 125cc MotoGP Rider, when he was forced to retire from the San Marino 125cc Grand Prix last Sunday due to mechanical errors, despite running on new pistons and cylinders. Zulfahmi started the race on the 28th position for the practice session and improved to the 20th position during the qualifying session. He was not aiming much; just another point in the championship, but he had to give it up.

“It was a disappointing day for all of us. The bike had some mechanical problems that we could not rectify. What made it more frustrating was I had a good start and was keeping my pace when the engine died and the rear wheel stopped, forcing me to retire from the race,” he said.

Zulfahmi, who is riding for AirAsia-Sepang International Circuit, was also disappointed last week in Indianapolis when he experienced similar problem during the race.

“The Aprilia I’m riding is perfect after the team has pushed in more effort to improve its performance, and it would have been a blessing to ride the bike with its new tuning, but racing has its own ups and downs,” he said.

Zulfahmi has been getting quite a lot of attention lately as he was just introduced to professional racing around seven months ago, and has been showing improving performance and has collected three points so far in Jerez GP, German GP and the latest was in Brno Circuit, Czech Republic.

Zulfahmi’s teammate, Sturla Fagerhaug of Norway, did not finish the race as well. He was not able to race in Indianapolis due to a viral attack and was still ill during the San Marino GP. He retired from the race after seven laps.

Marc Marques of Spain finished first for the 125cc category, followed by his fellow countrymen Nicolas Terol and Efren Vasques. You can catch them live in action at the Sepang International Circuit at October 10, 2010.

We would like to take this opportunity to offer our deepest and warmest condolences to the family of Shoya Tomizawa, who crashed and was hit by two riders at full speed on the track during the Moto2 (formerly known as 250cc class) race.

rest in peace tomizawa-san

Tomizawa died of subsequent cranial, thoracic and abdominal trauma and was pronounced dead at 2:30pm local time. He was nineteen years old.

Since its creation in 1949, there have been 46 deaths in MotoGP.

words: Al-mu Syahrisyawal Ahmad  pix: MotoGP & SIC

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