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Moto3: Zulfahmi Khairuddin - Q&A

A Red Bull KTM Ajo generated interview with Moto3 star Zulfahmi Khairuddin
The 2012 Malaysian round was the highlight so far of Zulfahmi Khairuddin's grand prix career to date, the home hero claiming pole position and battling for victory until the final turn of the race.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider returns to Sepang this weekend after a tougher 2013 season and having sustained a wrist fracture at the recent Aragon round…

Q:
What do you remember about last year's Malaysian Grand Prix?

Zulfahmi Khairuddin:
"It was a very good weekend for me. From the first free practice session until the day of the race I was very strong, especially on several different parts of the circuit. I got a great hot lap in during qualifying and took the first pole position of my career. It was amazing to see all the fans who had come to encourage me. I think it was the best attended MotoGP race in Malaysia ever."

Q:
Was it a surprise for you to be amongst the top positions right from the first free practice session?

Zulfahmi Khairuddin:
"Yes, I was very surprised. I had a good feeling with the bike in each session and I was able to push hard to stay ahead on the timesheets. I enjoyed myself on the bike, I felt very comfortable and the team believed in me and pushed me to do well. I think this was the key to the wonderful weekend that we had."

Q:
What is the most special memory that you have from that weekend?

Zulfahmi Khairuddin:
"The huge amount of people who attended the Sepang Circuit. It was really amazing. The other Malaysian riders and I got so much support from them. I was very surprised, and it seemed like I was on a football pitch when a goal was scored, with their reaction. I'm very happy that the people from my country are getting behind MotoGP. I hope that this will continue in the future."

Q:
What was the best part? The pole position or the second position in the race?

Zulfahmi Khairuddin:
"Definitely the podium. I think I gave my all in the qualifying session, but did not expect to take pole position. However, the most important thing is to do well in the race, which is when the points are handed out."

Q:
On a personal level, what stands out from that race?

Zulfahmi Khairuddin:
"Right from the first lap it was all very special. But I guess that the last seven laps were the most notable; it started raining and we had to slow our pace down. However, we had to lead the race for as much time as possible, with the possibility of the red flag being shown and the race being ended prematurely. On the last lap I made a big mistake on the last corner and Sandro [Cortese] passed me".

Q:
Do you remember any special message of congratulations?

Zulfahmi Khairuddin:
"Many. All of them were very special; many people remembered me and I can never forget that. Also, it was my birthday! Even Valentino Rossi congratulated me on Twitter! That one definitely was one of the greetings which surprised me the most."

Q:
What do you expect for the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix?

Zulfahmi Khairuddin:
"I hope everything goes well and that we can be at the front in every session —and in the race. I will concentrate mainly on my riding. These days before the race I will be doing as much as possible to try to recover from the injury, doing all kinds of rehabilitation exercises, but I'm not concerned about this issue. I have to think only about the race."

Q:
Do you think that this year's race will be more difficult than last year's?

Zulfahmi Khairuddin:



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