In­jury casts doubt on Zul­fahmi’s fu­ture

New Straits Times - - Sport - Farah Azharie

IT’S cer­tainly wor­ry­ing for World Su­per­sport rider Zul­fahmi Khairud­din. He is suf­fer­ing from the type of in­jury that nearly put an end to Mo­toGP star Dani Pe­drosa’s ca­reer two years ago.

Af­ter record­ing a DNF (Did Not Fin­ish) at his last race, in Assen, the Nether­lands on Sun­day, the Malaysian is suf­fer­ing from an arm pump in­jury,

Zul­fahmi was quoted as say­ing he was un­happy with the way things went at the TT Assen Cir­cuit as he was forced into re­tire­ment af­ter just eight laps due to the arm pump in­jury. Arm pump, or sci­en­tif­i­cally known as Chronic Ex­er­tional Com­part­ment Syn­drome (CECS), is dreaded by pro­fes­sional rid­ers.

It gen­er­ally oc­curs in the right fore­arm and stops a rider from be­ing able to con­trol the throt­tle and front brake lever — a dan­ger­ous prospect for any­one con­trol­ling a ma­chine at speeds of up to 210mph.

When con­tacted, Zul­fahmi said his arm was feel­ing aw­ful on Sun­day but it’s bet­ter a bit on Mon­day,

Zul­fahmi, who was sched­uled to see a physi­cian yes­ter­day, is on a mis­sion to get back into the Mo­toGP cir­cuit. In or­der to do so, he must fin­ish in the top five at the end of the World Su­per­sport sea­son.

The 25-year-old is cur­rently in 24th po­si­tion out of 28 clas­si­fied rid­ers with only six-points af­ter four races.

Zul­fahmi has nine races un­til the end of the sea­son with round five com­menc­ing on May 12-14 in Italy.

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