2016 World Supersport Zulfahmie (1)

Racing in a very wet Superport race on the newly resurfaced tarmac at Sepang International circuit, 25-year old Zulfahmi Khairuddin took second place on the podium in his first season with Spanish outfit Orelac Racing. Recording a time of 33’22.954″, Zulfahmi was beaten across the line by just 0.5 of a second by Ayrton Badovini of Gemar Balloon-Team Lorini while GRT rider Gino Rea came in third.

The Supersport category race was greeted by torrential rain at the 2.20 p.m. start. After the riders came out for a sighting lap and and subsequent warm-up lap, the race was red flagged due to rain. After a delayed start, the Supersport race resumed after the conclusion of the Superbike main event race. Riding a Kawasaki ZX-6R, Zulfahmi started from fifth position on the grid, and grabbed the lead on lap three, leading a Supersport race for the first time.

“That was a great race, though I am a bit disappointed that I did not win it! I led for the majority of the race, but was overtaken four laps from the end. I then had a great battle with Badovini and nearly got him at the end. It was very close, but he just managed to stay in front,” said Zulfahmi. He now stands at tenth position in the World Supersport riders rankings.

2016 World Supersport Zulfahmie (2)

Orelac Racing team manager Guilio Bardi got his birthday gift when Zulfahmi stepped on the podium. “It was a very good day for the team and I am very happy. It is my birthday today, so Fahmi’s podium is a great present. When he was leading the race, I thought he might actually win, but to finish second and so close to the winner is a great result and makes the whole team happy,” said Bardi.

The Motul FIM Superbike and Supersport championship races will see the next round – the seventh in the series – being held in the UK at the Acerbis UK round at Donington Park circuit on May 27 to 29.