Khairi eyes top spot in Tai­wan

New Straits Times - - Sport -

TWO-TIME Asia Su­per­moto cham­pion Khairi Zakaria is ready to go full gas in the third round of the FIM Asia Su­per­moto Cham­pi­onship at Changhua, Tai­wan this week­end af­ter a rel­a­tively slow start to the sea­son.

Khairi ad­mit­ted that it took some time for him to set­tle into the com­pe­ti­tion this year but is op­ti­mistic of his chances at the K1 Kart Rac­ing Train­ing Cir­cuit.

He fin­ished off the podium in fourth and fifth in the two races at the open­ing round in Thai­land in Septem­ber.

"I was a lit­tle less sat­is­fied when the sea­son be­gan. I nearly made it to the podium but was still be­hind," said Khairi.

"I was not used to the weather, lo­ca­tion and a new list of ri­vals. But I am pac­ing my­self bet­ter now with more un­der­stand­ing of the sit­u­a­tion.

"I am con­fi­dent that I can do bet­ter, bet­ter than my achieve­ment in Indonesia.

"I hope that I can go one step fur­ther and take the top spot in Tai­wan. I will try to min­imise my mis­takes dur­ing the race."

The 29-year-old fin­ished sec­ond in both races at the sec­ond round of the se­ries held in Solo Baru, Indonesia last month.

Khairi, who won the Asia Su­per­moto ti­tle in 2012 and 2013, added that prepa­ra­tion for the third round has gone well so far.

"I have a great supporting team that help to get me ready for each race.

"The crew and I have tuned the bike well and are now do­ing our fi­nal test­ing, hope­fully ev­ery­thing is in place dur­ing the race."

Khairi is cur­rently third in the over­all standings (in­ter­na­tional class) with 78 points, trail­ing Thai rider Trakarn Thangth­ong (84 points) and Brit Lewish Cor­nish who leads the cham­pi­onship with 100 points.

Khairi is sec­ond be­hind Trakarn (94) in the Asian clas­si­fi­ca­tion with 92 points while fel­low na­tional rider Habibul­lah Mohd Saleh is third on 80 points. Fadhli Ishak

Khairi Zakaria

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