SIC Racing Team rider Zulfahmi Khairrudin had his first experience of the Kalex Moto2 bike this week, concluding a three day test at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia today.
Despite poor weather conditions reducing the Malaysian riders track time to just three 70 minute sessions overall, Fahmi [as he is known] was able to get a feel for his new 600cc machine, before heading back to home soil for the teams second pre-season test in Malaysia next week.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“This test was the first time riding the Moto2 bike for Fahmi; a week ago he didn’t know he would be here, so of course it’s quite nerve-wracking for him to have a complete new bike and new crew around him. The conditions really haven’t helped him either, but nevertheless we have done the first shakedown and made a very good bike fitting. He’s happy with his position and way with the bike, so this is a good start. We have a lot of work to do; he has to push hard; we have to adapt ourselves to his style. For sure in Malaysia it will be good because we have three days full of testing and this will help his adaption into Moto2 a lot.”
#63 ZULFAHMI KHAIRUDDIN
“The first day was raining and the second day we did only a few laps to check the bike and get a feel for the bike. For me my first impression was that this moto2 bike is so light and has really good power in the engine. The hardest part for me is getting used to the tyres; we are working now on the engine braking to make me more comfortable to brake harder and to enter the corners with a good feeling. To be honest I think this bike has great potential and I can go really fast on it, I just need more time and more laps to get dialled in and pick up my pace. I have a really strong team behind me with Fausto and all the crew, so I feel really confident that together with the Kalex support and Ohlin’s we have a really good package. Sure I don’t have to rush to go fast but still I have to show my potential because the Moto2 class is very competitive, so I need to be quick and enjoy the bike.
It’s fantastic to be going to Sepang next week because the weather is so much better there than in Europe right now. I think we will be able to get much more done and really focus on our bike set-up and getting up to speed.”