Monday, 19 May 2014 | MYT 5:40 PM

Zul still lagging despite picking up points at Le Mans

PETALING JAYA: After months of struggling to produce a decent performance in this season’s Moto3 world championship with Honda, Zulfahmi Khairuddin is not any closer to last year’s performance.

Yet, he is not giving up.

He scored five points from the French Grand Prix on Sunday – a much-needed respite for the 22-year-old. Hopefully it will mark his resurgence in the world championship.

With six points from five races thus far (he scored a point at the Argentina GP), he is nowhere near last year’s performance. At the same juncture last season, he already netted 33 points.

But as Zulfahmi picked up his best ever starting grid in ninth and finished the race in 11th at Le Mans, all hope is not lost for him this season.

“I was in the second group at the beginning of the race but then (Niccolo) Antonelli crashed in front of me and I was separated from the group.

“We were doing similar lap times to the front group then. If I managed to stay with the group, I might have picked up a different result,” said Zulfahmi.

Meanwhile, rookie Amirul Hafiq Azmi continued to climb as he finished 16th at Le Mans, after flirting with points-awarding positions throughout the race. Fifteenth spot would have been worth 1 point.  

Zulfahmi and Amirul next travel to Mugello for the Italian GP on June 1.

Tags / Keywords: Zulfahmi Khairuddin , Moto3 , motor racing , Le Mans , French grand Prix , Honda


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