Make the top five and we’ll push you into Moto2 – SIC to Zulfahmi

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Malaysian motorcycle racer Zulfahmi Khairuddin would be given a chance to advance into the Moto2 class if he finishes top 5 in the World Superbike (WSBK) series this year.

However, he has been warned not to get too hung up on his reward, but rather, focus on his performance.

The 25-year old started out back in 2012, and he won his first ever Moto3 podium in the 2012 Portuguese Grand Prix. Since then, he has participated in various international tournaments, making a name for himself in the international superbike racing arena.

If he hits the target set by the officials at the Sepang International Circuit, the Moto3 racer has been promised a ticket to the Moto2 class, which is the second-highest class in the world super bike tournament.

The championship is currently divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.

Zulfahmi is hopeful that 2017 will become all that he wants it to be. He finished 11th last year in his first WSBK series, after raking in 56 points at the end of the tournament.

According to Sepang Internatonal Circuit’s CEO, Datuk Razlan Razali, his side are ready to list Zulfahmi in the Moto2 class, if he hits the target.

“Of course we told him that we cannot sponsor him forever. But, if he does finish top five in the WSBK this year, we’ll try our best to list him in the Moto2 class for 2018. After that, we have to start thinking of bigger things, like developing an entire Moto2 team.”

Zulfahmi will commence his first race of the 2017 season at the Philip Island circuit this February.