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Published: Wednesday March 12, 2014 MYT 3:18:00 PM
Updated: Thursday March 13, 2014 MYT 8:57:36 AM

Moto3: Injured Amirul cleared to ride in season opener

Malaysian Moto3 rider Amirul Hafiq Azmi of Team Sic-Ajo resting in the garaje during the 2014 season testing at Ricardo Tormo Racetrack in Valencia last month. He fractured his wrist recently and will miss the final testing in Jerez before the world championship starts in Qatar on March 23. - EPA

Malaysian Moto3 rider Amirul Hafiq Azmi of Team Sic-Ajo resting in the garaje during the 2014 season testing at Ricardo Tormo Racetrack in Valencia last month. He fractured his wrist recently and will miss the final testing in Jerez before the world championship starts in Qatar on March 23. - EPA

PETALING JAYA: Young Malaysian rider Amirul Hafiq Azmi is not competing in the ongoing Moto3 pre-season test at the Spanish circuit of Jerez to allow his fractured wrist time to recover ahead of his rookie season debut at the Qatar Grand Prix on March 23.

The Malaysian rider injured his right wrist last week after suffering a fall whilst training on an enduro bike near his home.

After undergoing a medical check-up in Barcelona on Wednesday, Amirul was diagnosed with a hairline fracture on his right wrist plus a significant inflammation of the ligament that prevents safe riding this week.

He was advised to take a week’s rest before getting back on his KTM bike at the first free practice for the season opening race on the calendar.

Satisfied with the all-clear to participate at the opening round of his rookie Moto3 season, Amirul
gave his testing spot to fellow Malaysian Hafiza Rofa, who will continue working in the SIC-Ajo garage.

“I am a little bit sad not being able to ride here. Since the last test, I’ve been training a lot in Malaysia and, the day before flying here, I was on the enduro and had a crash.

“Unfortunately, my hand was fractured in the fall and that’s why I can’t get on the bike this week.

“I checked it out with the doctors and they told me that it would not be healed in time for Jerez, but for the Qatar race, for sure, it will be okay. I certainly hope so,” he added.

Tags / Keywords: Amirul Hafiq Azmi, Hafiza Rofa, Moto3, Qatar, racing, motorcycle, motorsport

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