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Monday May 21, 2012

Zulfahmi drops to ninth in standings after French GP crash

PETALING JAYA: Luck has deserted Malaysian Moto3 rider Mohd Zulfahmi Khairuddin (pic) as he crashed out from third position in the French Grand Prix yesterday.

Starting under treacherous weather from 10th on the grid at the Le Mans track, the AirAsia-SIC-Ajo rider surged ahead to take the race lead.

But his effort was short-lived as a string of riders overtook him and he dropped to seventh.

With 11 laps to go in the 24-lap race, leader Hector Faubel (Bankia Aspar), Jakub Kornfeil (Redox-Ongetta-Centro-Seta) and Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) who were in the five-man leading group crashed out, moving Zulfahmi to fourth.

With seven laps to go, Maverick Vinales, who held the third position also crashed out, moving Zulfahmi to third place.

But the Banting lad’s dream of a first podium finish was not to be as he crashed out with six laps to go.

“It was a very difficult race today and I found it hard to see from inside my helmet because of the rain,” said Zulfahmi.

“I took the cautious approach and managed to be in third for a while before my rear wheel went under me.”

With no points from Le Mans, Zulfahmi dropped from fifth in the championship standings to ninth on 29 points.

Sandro Cortese (Red Bull KTM Ajo) remains on top with 67 points after finishing sixth yesterday.

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