Zulfahmi Khairuddin in a file photo. On the final day of testing in Jerez, he finished in 1:47.777, 1.731 seconds behind fastest man Jack Miller of Australia.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Moto3 rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin is looking forward to the third and final pre-season test from March 11-13 after making progress at the recent tests in Jerez, Spain.
In the three-day test that concluded on Thursday, Zulfahmi managed to improve from being the 30th fastest in the first test in Valencia (Feb 11-13) to 20th fastest in Jerez.
And with a two-week break before the riders return to Jerez for the final test, Zulfahmi is hoping his team will improve the bike before the season starts with the Qatar Grand Prix on March 23.
“It was a good test for us considering I only managed four days with the new Honda engine (Zulfahmi only got the new engine on the final day in Valencia) but I feel we can do much better in the next test,” he said.
The Ongetta-AirAsia rider clocked the 20th fastest time in Jerez in 1:47.777, 1.731 seconds behind fastest man Jack Miller of Australia on board a KTM.
A quiet season is predicted for Zulfahmi this year as Honda are still struggling to keep pace with championship-winning KTM bikes. The best-placed Honda rider at Jerez was Alex Marquez of Spain in ninth spot, 0.836 seconds behind Miller.
“I’m still in the process of understanding the new bike and the more I ride it, the more I get to know how it works,” said Zulfahmi, who rode a KTM last season.
“We did some changes to the clutch on the third day of testing and we saw some improvements. I know the team will work hard for the next test. As for me, I will look back at my mistakes and try to correct them.”