Thursday, March 06, 2014

Zulfahmi concerned about machine

ZULFAHMI Khairuddin's wrist is close to being as good as new but he is now hoping his team can settle the engine issues which has hampered his performances in Moto3 World Championship pre-season testing so far.

    The Ongetta-AirAsia rider said his Honda machine has not been performing to full potential but is confident that the issues will be solved soon.

 "Preparations for this season has been okay but there are always things that I can continue to improve in terms of my riding. I will look to do better one lap at a time," said Zulfahmi.
    "However, at the moment the bike is not performing as well as it can due to the engine.
    "All the Honda riders have been struggling so far (due to engine) but I believe that Honda and the team are doing their best to overcome the problems.

 "Focusing on the performance of the engine is the most important thing right now as it is quite far (behind) compared to other (team's) machines.

    "It is still too early to set targets. We have to see how the last testing session in Jerez (Spain) goes. Hopefully, we can close the gap with the frontrunners there."
    The final official test will start on Tuesday. Zulfahmi's combined times saw him finish 19th and 25th at the second and first tests in Jerez and Valencia last month.

    The 22-year-old added that the internal fixations placed to aid the healing of his much-publicised wrist injury last year have been removed.

    "After four months of carrying around screws in my hand they are finally out. I had surgery to remove them on Saturday at the Kuala Lumpur Sports Medicine Centre.
    "I had an x-ray done and it showed the bones had reconnected.

    "At the moment my hand feels really good, it is just that these stitches will take 10 days (before they can be removed)".
    Zulfahmi fractured the wrist following a spectacular crash in the Grand Prix of Aragon in Spain last year. By Fadhli Ishak

Josh Herrin unveils the Suter bike which the AirAsia-Caterham Racing Team will use in this season’s Moto2 World Championship. Others from left: Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Johan Stigefelt, Aireen Omar, Mia Sharizman and Johann Zarco. Pic by Goh Thean Howe

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