Malaysians Zulfahmi Khairuddin (left) and Amirul Hafiq Azmi will be competing in the Moto3 world motorcycle championships this year, beginning in Qatar on March 23. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Moto3 rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin is enjoying the best pre-season ever since he ventured into the world championship in 2010.
The 22-year-old will only be doing official tests with his new team Ongetta-Air Asia at the Valencia circuit in Spain from Feb 11-13. Until then, he keeps himself busy by going mountain biking, motocross and regular visits to the gym.
“There is more fun this pre-season because I’m not alone. I have several riders who will either join me in the world championship or riding in the Spanish National Championship training with me,” said Zulfahmi.
Besides Zulfahmi, Amirul Hafiq Azmi is the other Malaysian to race in the Moto3 world championship this year. The season begins with the Qatar Grand Prix on March 23.
Husni Aizat Abdul Malik and Mohd Hafiza Rofa are the Malaysians competing in Moto3 in the Spanish National Championship, which begins in Jerez on April 6.
Zulfahmi will be riding a Honda for the new season. Last season, he rode a KTM bike in his time with Red Bull KTM Ajo. He finished the championship in 12th position with 68 points.
“There were plans to do some private tests before the official test, but apparently the bike is not ready yet,” said Zulfahmi. “But I’m not fretting over it because I think the three official tests should be enough.”
After Valencia, the other two tests will be conducted in Jerez on Feb 18-20 and March 11-13.