SEPANG: Malaysian Moto3 rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin has been declared fit to race in the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.
And all he wants to focus on is the race – not the pain on his wrist.
Zulfahmi suffered a fractured right wrist at the Aragon Grand Prix on Sept 29 and underwent surgery to insert titanium plates to secure the fractured bones.
He was declared fit by the race doctors on Thursday morning.
“I want to get on with the racing and focus on just that. The National Sports Institute (NSI) did a good job with my rehabilitation and I can move my wrist now,” said the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider at the pre-event press conference.
Zulfahmi created history at the Sepang International Circuit last year when he started from pole position to finish second.
He, however, hasn’t enjoyed similar success so far this season as he has been struggling with the new bike.
Nonetheless, Zulfahmi’s amazing feat last year and the presence of five other Malaysian riders on the grid, have prompted fans to flock to the stands this year, with tickets having been sold out for the Grandstand area.
Joining Zulfahmi in the Moto3 this year are wildcards Amirul Hafiq Azmi and Husni Aizat Abdul Malik.
Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah will race in the Moto2 as a wildcard while Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman rides in the Moto2 with the Honda Team Asia. Zaqhwan Zaidi, meanwhile, replaces the injured Randy Krummenacher of team JiR Moto2.
“It has been an amazing turnaround in the past few years due to the healthy development of Malaysian riders in the world arena,” said Zulfahmi.
“People are getting excited watching us race and I guess it’s even more so now that we have six riders on the grid.”
The unpredictable weather was a common topic of discussion among many of the MotoGP riders and so Zulfahmi was asked for his view.
“What I can say is that if there’s water dropping from the sky, then it is raining,” he said in jest.
“I can’t say for certain about the weather but it usually rains towards the end of the day now ... so, I guess the MotoGP guys will have to race in the rain.”
by shamshul fitri - The Star