Zulfahmi welcomes Zamri Baba into MotoGP

Published on September 21st, 2010

Mohd Zamri Baba’s entrée as a wildcard rider in the Moto2 category in the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2010 championship receives full support from Malaysian 125cc MotoGP rider Mohd Zulfahmi Khairuddin.

“I am delighted to hear about the news. I’ve always felt that Zamri is a strong rider; he has the mental and physical capability to compete in the championship. He is very disciplined and committed, so I think that he will have a bright future for him in the motor racing world. He is very experienced in the 600cc category, and I’m confident that he will be a good contender in the category and be a challenge for the other riders as he is one of the top Malaysian riders. With Zamri racing in the Moto2 category, I feel more ‘bersemangat’ (inspired) to strive harder for the race in Sepang,” he said when contacted yesterday.

He added that Zamri’s presence in Moto2 shows Malaysia’s strong commitment to further develop motorsports in the country.

He further added that he hoped both he and Zamri will be able to give their best performance for the race at Sepang and by doing so, opening more doors for Malaysian riders to compete at MotoGP.

Zamri’s presence in the MotoGP will definitely boost the number of spectators at the Sepang International Circuit this year, as the 28-year old rider has a large fan base. Fans are expected to come from as far away as Perlis because of Zamri’s roots in the state.

But Zamri’s task is no walk in the park, as the riders in the Moto2 category are very experienced. The racers in the category include former MotoGP riders such as Tony Elias who is currently leading the championship.

The list also includes Alex de Angelis, 125cc former champions Julian Simon and Thomas Luthi.

When the announcement was made by Sepang Circuit chief executive officer, Razlan Razali yesterday, Zamri Baba said he was grateful to be given the opportunity to race as the wildcard in this year’s Malaysian MotoGP.

“I’d be lying if I said I am not proud because it is a great opportunity for a racer to be given the chance to ride in the world championship. I would like to thank all those who were responsible in helping me realize my dream to race in the MotoGP. This is my last chance and I am thankful to be given the opportunity this time and I promise not to let anyone down, especially those who have worked hard to make the programme. I think this is the best programme and we should keep for the years to come,” said Zamri, who idolizes Valentino Rossi and Loris Capirossi.

Zamri began racing at the Batu Tiga, Shah Alam track from 1999 to 2002. When the track was closed, he began racing in Cub Prix.

He began racing on his own in 2003 before joining the MOS Ah Hong Motors team, and moving on to the Petronas Sprinta AAM Racing. In 2004, he emerged as the Wira epg champion andstarted racing in the novice category in 2006.

In 2007, he raced for team Yamaha Malaysia in the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) 600cc category, where he won third overall champion in 2009 and has a high chance of taking over the championship title this year.

“I’m going to go all out to prove myself and I will not waste this chance,” he said.

words & pix: SIC

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