KUALA LUMPUR: Zulfahmi Khairuddin will be a man on a mission at the season-opening Qatar Motorcycle Grand Prix this weekend (March 16-18).
The 26-year-old has essentially been given a new lease of life after being signed by SIC Racing Team as a late replacement for Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah in Moto2.
The latter has joined MotoGP outfit Monster Yamaha Tech3.
Zulfahmi, once the golden boy of Malaysian motorcycle racing, is determined to make a positive impact on his Moto2 debut at the Losail International Circuit.
"For Qatar the target is clear, I want to collect points in my first ever Moto2 race. To do this I must be in a good position from the very first practice. I want to be competitive from the start," said the Banting-born rider.
"I like the Qatar track, the layout really suits my riding style. There are a lot of fast flowing corners. I hope that this will give me some advantage and help me to get up to speed quickly.
"Practice and qualifying will play a very important part this weekend, if I can do these well I know I can fight hard in the race."
Zulfahmi had spent the last two seasons (2016-2017) competing in the less competitive World Superbike Championships (supersports category). He had earlier spent six seasons (2010-2015) in the 125cc and Moto3 class of the World Championships.