Zulfahmi (second from left) and fellow Moto3 rider Amirul Hafiq Azmi (second right) at the launch of Malaysian Grand Prix in Sunway. -RICKY LAI/The Star
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Moto3 rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin can look forward to another season in the World Championship next year.
However, details for next year’s ride still remain sketchy as it was only briefly mentioned during the launch of the Malaysian Grand Prix by Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali.
The Malaysian GP will be held from Oct 24-26.
“We just returned from the British GP in Silverstone, where we registered the team and riders for next year. But I will only let you in on the details in October ... at the Malaysian GP,” said Razlan at the launch yesterday.
SIC are likely to have registered a Moto3 team next season with Zulfahmi probably riding for the team.
Although Razlan did not announce the riders for next year, he did hint that they are looking at “the best Moto3 rider Malaysia currently has” – namely Zulfahmi.
Currently in his fifth season in the World Championship, Zulfahmi is having a difficult time this year. The 22-year-old has only amassed 14 points from 12 races – with six more races remaining.
“This is, by far, the hardest year of my career. Even my first year in 2010 wasn’t this hard. We know the problem is to get it right in qualifying but that’s our major stumbling block,” said Zulfahmi, who admitted that he is aware of SIC’s plans to get a team on the grid with two riders.
And he is hoping that he will be part of the plan.
“But for now, I really want to salvage my season although it’s going to be very difficult. Still, will keep trying hard to improve with every race,” said Zulfahmi.
Meanwhile, Razlan also announced that 17-year-old Mohd Hafiza Rofa, currently racing in the CEV Spanish Championships, will get a ride in the Malaysian GP as a wildcard in Moto3.