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Veteran rider Ahmad Zamani Baharuddin may have to quit racing after an horrific accident at the Sepang International Circuit on Saturday.
SEPANG: Former Asian Road Racing Championships runners-up Ahmad Zamani Baharuddin will likely have to hang up his boots after a nasty accident in the SuperSports race in the Malaysian Super Series at Sepang International Circuit on Saturday.
The veteran rider’s bike was hit from behind by a fellow competitor at the start of Race 1, which was part of the support events for the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Both bikes burst into flames after the crash and the 38-year-old Ahmad Zamani, who has been involved in racing for nearly two decades, was sent to hospital for back and hip injuries.
Ahmad Zamani is the eldest of the three racing brothers. The others are Ahmad Nasrul and Ahmad Fuad.
The incident comes two weeks after the deaths of track marshal Satish Suppiah and Mohd Izzat Abdul Hakim in a local race at Sepang.
Younger brother Ahmad Fuad, who also competed in the same event on Saturday, said it was an unfortunate racing accident and could have happened to anyone.
“What happened was he had a problem shifting gears after the race was flagged off.
Then another rider’s bike bumped directly into him and he was thrown from the bike.
“We cannot blame anyone as things like this can happen in motor-racing. There were 58 riders and everyone was jostling for positions up front. “Zamani cracked part of his lower back bone and he also busted the ball joint at the hip.
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