Zulfahmi determined to gain more points despite having suffered setbacks

Published on September 17th, 2010

Although he had to deal with a series of technical difficulties which had prevented him from finishing at Indianapolis and San Marino, Zulfahmi Khairuddin is not one to give up on his dreams.

The Malaysian MotoGP 125cc rider had to battle through a series of criticism earlier on in his MotoGP debut but critics were somewhat silenced when he started gaining points.

Though he was disappointed when he was unable to finish the races due to mechanical difficulties with his bike, he remains undeterred.

“It’s a race. Every racer has to go through the ups and downs. I have full confidence in my team and I know that they’re giving me their best, and I fully intend to give my best in return. I am determined to gain more points and I will not give up,” he said.

The 18-year old rider added that he is looking forward to race on the newly constructed Motorland Aragon tracks this weekend.

“It would be very interesting to race on the Aragon track, as it is new and I think that everyone is looking forward to ride on the track,” he said.

The Motorland Aragon circuit layout stands at 5.345km in length with a width that varies between 12 and 15 metres. With the longest straight of 1.726km, the track has become a widely sought after venue for aerodynamic testing.

The modifications for this weekend’s MotoGP race will see the length of the track shortened slightly to 5.078km, with a longest straight of 1.326km. The start/finish straight is 630m and leads into a first turn, which is a sharp 90 degrees left hander.

The Malaysian MotoGP on Oct 10th is also topmost on Zulfahmi’s mind as he looks forward to race on the home ground on Oct 10 in the Malaysian Shell Advance MotoGP.

“I am looking forward to the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. It will be good to race at the Sepang International Circuit where I took my first step towards realizing my dream of racing in the MotoGP when I raced under Team AirAsia Malaysia. It will be good to be reminded just how far I’ve come and I do hope that my fellow Malaysians will come and show their support for me at the race,” he said.

SIC Chief Executive Officer Razlan Razali said, “short of experience, nearly all riders will race in Aragon in equal footing. It is important for Zulfahmi to get familiar to the track as quickly as possible.

“What happened in the last two races are in the past, from Friday to Sunday is what matters. I am sure Zulfahmi knows what to do. He has all the support from the team and his team mate, Sturla. It is going to be an exciting weekend and we wish him all the best.”

AirAsia Group CEO Datuk Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes said, “Fahmi is doing great, and has matured immensely over the course of his first season in the World Championship. His attitude towards each race has been positive, and that he has continued to work hard despite difficulties with the bike only shows how much he has grown as a rider. The Malaysia MotoGP is very special for us at AirAsia, as it marks one year since our first involvement in MotoGP when we came on board to sponsor Fahmi and team mate Elly with Team AirAsia Malaysia last year. We can’t wait to see him racing back on his home track and celebrate just how far he’s come and hope Malaysia is ready to do the same!”

words & pix: SIC

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