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Thursday October 3, 2013 MYT 11:10:02 PM
by shamshul fitri
A wrist injury will not stop Zulfahmi Khairuddin (right) from racing in the Malaysian Grand Prix next weekend.
SEPANG: Malaysian Moto3 rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin is confident of making the starting grid in next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) despite nursing a fractured wrist.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider suffered a small fracture to his right wrist as well as on the left hand after crashing in the Aragon Grand Prix in Spain last week.
He underwent a surgery in Barcelona on Tuesday to secure the fracture on his right wrist with titanium screws and returned home yesterday ahead of the Malaysian GP, which will be held from Oct 11-13.
His left hand, fortunately, did not require surgery.
“I don’t think the injury will be a major factor as to whether I’ll race or not because the doctors in Barcelona said that I could race provided I get proper rest to recover.
“I was unlucky to have crashed but this is racing ... sometimes you crash but escape unhurt and sometimes you get these,” said Zulfahmi in jest as he pointed to his plaster-cast wrist.
SIC chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali also reiterated that fans need not worry about Zulfahmi as “he should be able to race next weekend”.
“Motor riders are a different kind of breed when it comes to injuries. Just look at MotoGP world champion (Jorge) Lorenzo. He suffered a broken collarbone in one of the rounds this year but, in 48 hours, he was back on his bike racing,” he said.
“I believe Zulfahmi will put his heart into the race, especially since this is his home race and he wants to do well.”
Lorenzo broke his collarbone during practice in the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen on June 27. He underwent surgery the next morning and went on to finish fifth in the race the following day.
Meanwhile, Zulfahmi is still focused on collecting valuable points to add to his tally of 60 points, which puts him 10th in the championship.
He, however, brushed aside suggestions of fighting for a podium finish – like what he achieved last year when he finished second – saying that landing on the podium this time would be a bonus.
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