2010 Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix: Zulfahmi in the hunt for two more championship points

Published on October 6th, 2010

With four more rounds to go including this weekend’s home race in Sepang, Muhammad Zulfahmi Khairuddin says his mission for the remaining races this season will be to hunt for two more world championship points in the 125cc contest.

Stressing that he was being realistic, the AirAsia Sepang International Circuit Racing rider said that he would be very happy to have a total haul of five points at the conclusion of his rookie season at Valencia on November 7.

“To win another two more points will be a great achievement for me. It may sound unambitious on my part but I am being realistic. I would like to say that I could win more podiums; but it would be a very long shot,” said the 18-year old rider from Banting.

In search of the additional points to the ones he won at Jerez, Sachsenring and Brno, Zulfahmi admitted that his best chance would be coming this Sunday at the 2010 Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Asked whether the two points could come at one shot on Sunday, Zulfahmi replied: “I will definitely do my best. We will have to wait and see.”

To win two championship points, Zulfahmi would need to finish 14th at the 20th edition of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

After Sepang, the world championship would proceed to Phillip Island in Melbourne, Australia next weekend before moving to Estoril at the end of the month for the Portuguese Grand Prix. The season concludes with the Grand Prix of Valencia on November 7.

“In contrary to the other circuits, this is the only track that I am familiar with… it’s the only track that I had raced before in a GP125 race,” he said in clear reference to his debut last season as a wildcard rider with Elly Idzlianizar Ilias.

“I am feeling good now, I am on top of my health and it’s nice to be back in Malaysia. My spirits running high and I am really looking forward for the race. Hopefully, the whole of Malaysia will be there at the circuit to support me and Zamri (Baba),” said Fahmi, who has high respect for the PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha rider.

Currently the top Malaysian rider in the Asian Road Racing Championship, Zamri was unveiled recently as Malaysia’s wildcard rider in the Moto2 class at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

“He is a very good rider. Hopefully, he show off his true potential this weekend. It will be a perfect stage for him… racing in a world GP and in Moto2,” said Zulfahmi, whose life changed after his commendable performance at last year’s Malaysian GP.

Finishing 20th in an out-dated Yamaha machine, Zulfahmi’s skills and determination caught the attention of the supporting Italian-based Ongetta Racing Team and offered him to race at the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix. That opened the door for a full championship this season with the AirAsia Sepang International Circuit Racing Team.

Apart from his knowledge of the 5.543-km Sepang track, Zulfahmi would also be boosted by the cheers of no less than 100 fans from his hometown in Bukit Canggang and perhaps, thousands more at the circuit at the Malaysian GP.

Tickets are priced as low as RM10 and they can be purchased by calling TICKET HOTLINE at 603-8778222 or via internet at www.sepangcircuit.com.

words & pix: SIC

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