After six years, 103 races, 268 points, one pole and two podiums in Moto3, Zulfahmi Khairuddin will pen another first for Malaysia as he ventures into the World Supersport Championship.

Khairuddin is to become the first Malaysian to ride a full WSS season, competing on an Orelac Racing Kawasaki in the 600cc category.

The 24-year-old feels ready for the new challenge, but will not make any predictions until he tests the bike later this month and evaluates the competition.

"It's difficult to say anything at this stage as I have yet to get on the bike, test it fully and look at the competition. In any case, I am really looking forward to this challenge and I aim to do my best to make my family, friends and country proud," he said.

After three seasons in 125GP, then four in the replacement Moto3 class, the Banting-born rider had a frank discussion with mentor Dato' Razlan Razali - Sepang International Circuit's Chief Executive Officer - on his future. Both agreed he would need new challenges in his racing career.

But that doesn't mean Khairuddin has turned his back on grand prix. Instead a debut in the 600cc Moto2 class will continue to be a career target should WSS work out well.

"Everything will be new for me. But I am happy to take up new challenges. I would like to thank SIC for giving me an opportunity to continue with my career. The WSBK is a world class championship with world class riders and I am looking forward to the competition. As always, I will give my best to produce the best results possible," Khairuddin said.

Dato' Razlan said he has high hopes of seeing his countryman doing well in the World Supersport Championship and confirmed it could lead to the circuit backing a Moto2 campaign for Khairuddin.

"We are excited about this new collaboration with Team Orelac Racing. Emulating the success of MotoGP, we hope this formula of placing a Malaysian boy in the WSBK's Supersport category for a full season will excite Malaysian fans," said Dato' Razlan.

"This marks another historical milestone with a local boy participating in the WSBK for the first time ever. We are pleased to have the services of Fahmi with his wealth of experience to do the country proud. We hope it will rejuvenate his racing career to do well in this new category and become a potential stepping stone to the Moto2 World Championship in the near future."

Khairuddin certainly played a key role in elevating the popularity of the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang, culminating in a sell-out event in 2015, and is projected to help boost ticket sales for the WSBK event.

Entering its third edition this year, the Malaysian round will be held from 13 to 15 May.

Meanwhile, Orelac Racing is excited to have Khairuddin on board.

"This is very good for Orelac Racing. I'm very happy with Fahmi joining our team. He's a young talented rider, and we are confident that he will make his presence known in the World Supersport field," said team owner Jose Calero.

"The partnership with Sepang International Circuit is very important for us and I'm honoured that Dato' Razlan Razali chose us for Malaysia and SIC's entry into the highly competitive World Supersport class. We are 100% committed in providing the best possible support for Fahmi," Calero added.



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