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Malaysia's Moto3 rider Zulfahmi Zainuddin will start Sunday's Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in ninth position on the grid. - BERNAMA Filepic
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Moto3 rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin, still coping with the effects of a fractured right wrist, qualified a decent ninth for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island on Saturday.
Zulfahmi underwent surgery on his right wrist, which was fractured following a spectacular crash in the Grand Prix of Aragon in Spain last month but the internal fixations gave way, causing him to miss race day of the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang last week.
Zulfahmi was cleared to race in this weekend’s Australian GP and he could have managed better than ninth place if he had not crashed with five minutes of the qualifying session remaining.
Zulfahmi’s time of 1:37.685 gave him a third row start while Moto3 world championship leader Luis Salom of Red Bull KTM Ajo gained top spot on the grid with a time of 1:36.890.
It is a second consecutive pole position and a fourth of the season for the Spaniard, who won at Sepang last week.
Banting-born Zulfahmi, who had yet to climb on the podium this year as he struggled with the bike settings, was just relieved to be back on the Moto3 grid after missing out in Sepang.
“I was undergoing twice daily therapy to help solve the problem as my intention is to race this weekend,” said Zulfahmi, who continued his treatment under the MotoGP mobile medical team Clinica Mobile.
“This was one of the best qualifying sessions I’ve had in the World Championship but it is just a shame that I had that small crash late on which prevented me from completing it.
“I am very happy with this ninth place, but will see if tomorrow we have some luck, (and) make a good start. Hopefully we can keep up the pace we have set in qualifying,” said Zulfahmi, who is 10th in the championship standings.
Amirul Hafiq Azmi marked his debut Moto3 race at the world championship level with La Fonte-Tascaracing team by qualifying 33rd on the grid with 1:40.945.
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