Khairuddin second in front of his home crowd at Sepang21/10/2012
AirAsia-SIC-Ajo Team´s Zulfahmi Khairuddin made his dream come true when he took the first podium position of his career in front of his home crowd at Sepang circuit.
Khairuddin made a great start with his red-white KTM bike from pole for the season´s third last Moto3 GP and had chances for the victory still on the last lap until Sandro Cortese, drug who secured his championship, price passed him.
Khairuddin´s first victory was really close as Cortese crossed the finish line only 28 thousandth of seconds before him. Fahmi wasn´t upset about losing the victory and there wasn´t really reason to as he rode stunningly during the whole weekend on his home circuit.
“I am really glad!”, Khairuddin rejoices, “I knew that my pace is good enough to fight for the victory. In the end I had a good battle with Sandro. But I decided to settle for the second place as there is always a risk that one will crash in situations like this.”
“Now it´s time to enjoy this second position. I thank my team and all those who have supported me for a long and also of course my fans.”
Khairuddin has worked determinedly and he has grown during two years from a national race rider to a successful international rider in a guidance of team leader Aki Ajo.
“Khairuddin had a great timing to take his first podium. The tickets to Sepang were sold out and we know the reason. Fahmi is a true hero for Malaysian people. He is a rider who wins many races in the future”, Ajo convinces.
The hectic autumn season of MotoGP-series continues already next weekend at Phillip Island circuit in Australia.
Khairuddin, who has done a Malaysian Road Racing history many times during the season, is after 15 GPs seventh in championship standing with 112 points.
MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX
Moto3 Race Classification:
1. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM 40.54,123
2. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM + 0,028
3. Jonas Folger Germany, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Kalex KTM + 0,247
4. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 8,503
5. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 8,674
6. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 9,335
7. Alex Rins Spain, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 18,973
8. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 25,419
9. Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM + 30,714
10. Adrian Martin Spain, JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 30,763
11. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 30,886
12. Brad Binder South Africa, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 31,019
13. Jack Miller Australia, Caretta Technology, Honda + 31,225
14. Alex Marquez Spain, Ambrogio Next Racing, Suter Honda + 31,313
15. Niccolo Antonelli Italy, San Carlo Gresini Moto3, FTR Honda + 31,649
World Championship Standing:
1. Cortese 280
2. Salom 207
3. Maverick Vinales Spain, FTR Honda 199
4. Rins 128
5. Romano Fenati, Italy, FTR Honda 126
6. Kent 118
7. Khairuddin 112
8. Oliveira 94
9. Folger 88
10. Vazquez 85
11. Alexis Masbou France, Honda 81
12. Louis Rossi France, FTR Honda 76
13. Antonelli 74
14. Sissis 68
15. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, FTR Honda 59
19. Ajo 33
Next GP: 28th of October Phillip Island, Australia.