Zulfahmi to focus on 2011

Published on November 8th, 2010

Sepang International Circuit Chief Executive Officer Datuk Razlan Razali who is in Valencia to show his support for the team remarked that the 18-year old rider was lucky to have finished in the top 20.

“He made a mistake in the first lap that saw him moved back to the tail end. However, a final position of 20 is still respectable in a very competitive race which saw many wild cards from the renowned Spanish CEV. It is still a good result to cap-off a rather over-expected first season for Zulfahmi.”

Ranked at number 24 in the 125cc world motorcycle championship, the young rider had displayed a strong willpower and determination throughout his debut season in the championship.

The Team Air Asia-Sepang International Circuit rider made his debut in the world motorcycle championship in Qatar and has since traveled across the globe, battling in the MotoGP races from the wind-swept Netherlands to Japan.

Though the odds were against him; having had no racing experience on the international stage prior to the 2010 season, Zulfahmi managed to score some points in the championship.

He scored a point each at Catalunya Grand Prix, German Grand Prix, Czech Republic’s Grand Prix and recently collected another point at the Portugal Grand Prix.

“He has performed well with scoring four world championship points, considering his lack of 125cc competitive experience compared to his peers,” said Razlan, adding that Zulfahmi must now capitalise on his year long experience and shift his focus to next year.

He also said that plans to finalise the new team for 2011 are currently being made, all with a stronger objective of being in the points next year.

“Zulfahmi’s participation and the creation of the Air Asia-Sepang International Circuit team has generated a lot of interest and following in Malaysia, and he had garnered some attention in the MotoGP as the new kid on the block.

“This is extremely good for Malaysia motorsport in which young aspiring riders will have someone and something for them to look forward to in being in the world championship.”

He said having Malaysian riders in the world championship has an obvious impact among Malaysians, with record crowds present at last year’s MotoGP and this year’s Malaysian MotoGP.

“I foresee that the support will remain and increase in the following years as long as our riders are there and perform respectfully,” he said.

Here are the statistics for 2010:

ZULFAHMI KHAIRUDDIN

Qatar Grand Prix – No 21 Timing 39’47.642

Jerez Grand Prix – No 20 Timing  43‘27.671

Grand Prix de France – No 25 Timing (1 Lap)

Italian Grand Prix – No 21 Timing 41’12.698

British Grand Prix – Not Classified

Dutch Grand Prix – No 22 Timing 39’29.604

Catalunya Grand Prix – No 15 Timing 42‘02.344 (1 point)

German Grand Prix – No 15 Timing (1 Lap) (1 Point)

Czech Republic Grand Prix – No 15 (1 point)

Indianapolis Grand Prix – Not Classified

San Marino Grand Prix – Not Classified

Aragon Grand Prix– No 16 Timing 39’32.937

Japan Grand Prix – No 19  Timing 41‘11.952

Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix – No 16 Timing 41‘27.616

Australian Grand Prix – DNQ

Portugal Grand Prix – No 15 (1 Point) Timing Race 1- 11‘58.398, Race 2- 17’43.311

Valencia Grand Prix- No 20 (1 Lap)

words & pix: SIC

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