Khairuddin´s top place changed to retirement28/10/2012
Malaysian rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin, order who took the first podium position of his GP-career a week ago in front of his home crowd ended up to retire in season´s penultimate GP at chilly Phillip Island circuit in Australia.
After a strong beginning AirAsia-SIC-Ajo Team´s KTM-rider´s bike had a problem in gearbox. Khairuddin crashed four laps before the finish line when his rear tyre got locked.
“It´s a shame but you just can´t do anything for these things. This is part of the racing”, buy Khairuddin says.
“When I noticed there was a problem I slowed my pace a bit so in that sense the crash was harmless.”
Despite the disappointment Khairuddin confirmed in Australia that he definitely is one of the top riders of the class.
Khairuddin took fifth position from the qualifying and used that in a great way when he made his way immediately to the front.
“The start was really good but this time I just couldn’t compete in the leading group later on”, admits Khairuddin, who was ninth eight laps before the finish line.
The winner of the Australian GP was Sandro Cortese, who secured the championship to himself a week ago in Malaysia. He now crossed the finish line 2,108 seconds before Portuguese Miguel Oliveira. The victory was already season´s fifth for Cortese who started from the pole.
The traditional season finale will be held 11th of November at Valencia´s Ricardo Tormo-circuit in Spain.
AIRASIA AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
Moto3 Race Classification:
1. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM 38.20,014
2. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 2,108
3. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 5,031
4. Alex Rins Spain, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 5,084
5. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 5,107
6. Romano Fenati Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 5,109
7. Alessandro Tonucci Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 5,374
8. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 5,894
9. Alex Marquez Spain, Ambrogio Next Racing, Suter Honda + 30,783
10. Isaac Vinales Spain, Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 30,911
11. Jonas Folger Germany, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Kalex KTM + 32,803
12. Adrian Martin Spain, JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 33,302
13. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 33,479
14. Brad Binder South Africa, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 34,102
15. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 43,749
Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM.
World Championship Standing:
1. Cortese 305
2. Salom 208
3. Maverick Vinales Spain, FTR Honda 199
4. Rins 141
5. Fenati 136
6. Kent 129
7. Oliveira 114
8. Khairuddin 112
9. Jonas Folger Germany, Kalex KTM 93
10. Vazquez 93
11. Sissis 84
12. Alexis Masbou France, Honda 81
13. Louis Rossi France, FTR Honda 76
14. Antonelli 74
15. Kornfeil 62
19. Ajo 33
Next GP: 11th of November Valencia, Spain.