Malaysian wildcard rider scored points

Published on July 6th, 2010

Zulfahmi Khairuddin, Malaysian 125cc MotoGP rider, scored points by finishing on the 15th spot at the recent MotoGP race in Spain’s Catalunya Circuit. Zulfahmi, 18, finished the race 1.16 minute behind the leader, Marc Marquez, in the 125cc category.

This is his first MotoGP Championship race.

Zulfahmi is riding for AirAsia-SIC and was selected from the Wildcard Programme.

“I am very, very proud of his achievement today, it was beyond our expectations. We never expected it and I’m sure Zulfahmi did not too. All Malaysians should be proud of him. It really shows that the Malaysian Wildcard programme works.”

“I would like to congratulate Zulfahmi for his performance. It’s a pity about Zulfhami’s teammate, Sturla (Fagerhaug) but that is how racing is,” said Razlan Razali, CEO of SIC.

Zulfahmi’s performance also caught the eye of ESPN commentators.

“He is a nice kid, and performing rather well for someone who does not have a lot of experience on the European circuit,” said the commentator as they watched his performance in the race.

AirAsia Group CEO Dato’ Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes said, “ This is a very momentuous occasion for the team. Zulfahmi proved that he has what it takes at the pinnacle of two wheel racing by scoring his first point of the season. We are all very proud of him. Although he faced numerous mechanical glitches to his machine in previous races, he persevered and continued to perform at his best. Hats off to Zulfahmi for his fine display and kudos to the team for a job well done.”

text: Al-Mu Syahrisyawal Ahmad  pix: MotoGP

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