As the sun began to set at the Losail International Circuit today, SIC Racing Team made their debut into the Moto2 World Championship.
Needing more time to adjust to his new Moto2 machine, Zulfahmi Khairuddin experienced a tough start to proceedings this weekend, as he struggled to break into the top twenty. After qualifying for today’s race in 32nd place, the opening round saw the Malaysian rider progress through to 28th as the chequered flag came out.
With his first ever Moto2 race under his belt and more experience gained on the Kalex machine, Fahmi leaves Qatar with renewed confidence ahead of the next Grand Prix in Argentina, commencing in three weeks time.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“It’s been a tough weekend for Fahmi; he’s struggled from the start to get up to speed. He’s been lacking confidence and this has shown in his performance. For sure this will come the more he rides the bike, so it’s a matter of time. We could see an improvement today in the race and he said himself that he feels a lot better on the bike now. I think he just needed to get one race under his belt. He has a great team around him and we all want to see Fahmi do well, so let’s see what we can do at the next round in Argentina. Thanks to the team for all their hard work.”
#63 ZULFAHMI KHAIRUDDIN
“I made quite a good start today and was able to pass some riders; I was able to brake earlier and go on the inside. When I was with the other riders I could manage the pace and was consistently quicker than my qualifying lap time; we improved 1.5 seconds. As the fuel went down I started to struggle to turn the bike but still in this race, I have learned a lot of things. The limit is still far for me but I have a great team and they’re doing the best job to help me to improve and gain more confidence, so thanks to them for this. Thank you to all my sponsors for this opportunity too. If I can do well in Moto2 it makes me a better rider because the Moto2 class is really, really tough!”