PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Moto2 rookie rider Zaqhwan Zaidi will be venturing into the unknown when he competes in this weekend’s Argentina Grand Prix.
The 19-year-old, who rides for Malaysian-backed JPMoto team, is thrilled yet apprehensive as it’s his first race in South America.
Besides the unpredictable and challenging weather conditions, Zaqhwan’s team also do not have any first-hand inputs of the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit.
“I am very thrilled to compete in Argentina, but we only have inputs of the track from secondary sources.
“My immediate task will be to familiarise myself with the track and continue my mastery of the Suter machine,” said Zaqhwan.
“The weather is quite unpredictable and can change drastically and that can be a major challenge.
“Despite all that, I am ready for the task. I will put in 110% effort here,” he added,
Zaqhwan’s debut race at the Qatar Grand Prix last month yielded a 23rd placing. But he retired due to the mechanical problems after seven laps at the Grand Prix of the Americas in the United States last Sunday.
“It’s going to be another learning curve for me. Hopefully, I have a trouble-free machine to allow me to get the best result possible,” said Zaqhwan, the winner of the SuperSport 600cc class at the Asia Road Racing Championship last season.