After announcing his switch to race in the World Supersport Championship (WSSP) earlier this month national motorcycle racer Zulfahmi Khairuddin marked the completion of his first testing session in Jerez, Spain.
The former world Moto3 rider announced his switch into the production-based championship with a Spanish team called Orelac Racing. During the tests, the Banting native got himself busy in familiarising himself with his new race machine, which is the Orelac Racing’s Kawasaki ZX-6R.
Following the end of the two-day tests, Zulfahmi did express his acknowledgement on the need to further improve his physical fitness. He stated:
“I clearly need to work on my physical fitness and strength because of the weight of the bike. It is much heavier and I could feel the impact after seven laps. I will continue to work on my physical fitness when I return to Malaysia, so that I will be more ready at the second test in Australia.”
Besides that, Zulfahmi was also plagued with mechanical issues in Day 1 of testing, which reduced his seat time. Thankfully, things got underway as planned on Day 2, allowing Zulfahmi to log in more time astride the Kawasaki ZX-6R around the Jerez circuit.
Zulfahmi has improved his timing as he charted more laps on Day 2, ending the session with timings that are just 2 seconds off the category’s fastest rider of the session. These are extremely positive signs, and the Banting native, who recently just got married, expressed his confidence in his ability to go much faster as he heads for more test sessions before the 2016 season of both the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) and the WSSP kicks off in Australia at the end of February.
Racing for the Algemesi-based Orelac Racing team, Zulfahmi joins the team’s roster alongside teammate Nacho Calero. The outfit is owned by Jose Calero and is managed by Guilio Bardi who is assisted by renowned crew chief Tony Alfonsea. The team also features chief mechanics Andy Machin and Luis Gallego attending to Zulfahmi and Calero respectively.
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