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Biggest test in Farid’s career

October 18, 2011
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Biggest test in Farid’s career

PETALING JAYA: Farid Badrul Hisham could have made it as a motocross expert but he traded dirt for tracks to make an impression in the scene.

Farid Badrul Hisham

The 18-year-old is now staring at his biggest race as he has been given a wildcard entry into the 125cc category of the Malaysian GP at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) this weekend.

Farid joins another Malaysian, Zulfahmi Khairuddin, of AirAsia-SIC-Ajo at the circuit. Both riders will ride the Derbi machine while most of their opponents will be on the Aprilia.

“It’s the biggest test of my career,” said Farid.

“There so much to do but I am thankful for being given the opportunity to race among some of the best riders in the 125cc event.”

Farid started riding when he was four-years-old as his father, former national motocross rider Badrul Hisham Zin, introduced him to the dirt bike.

“When I was 13, I made the switch to the tracks as my dad was concerned about my safety. He even didn’t allow me to race in the Cub Prix due to the surface.”

Farid mastered the corners as he featured in the Supersports 600cc class of the British Superbikes Championship early this year. He is based in the UK and returned to KL four days ago for the weekend race in Sepang.

“It’s good to be back. I’m looking forward to the race but it is not going to be easy.”

Farid would have several criteria to meet before impressing the folks at the Sepang International Circuit for a possible career throughout the MotoGP season next year.

Farid will first have to qualify for this Sunday’s race and be placed in the top 20 bracket. Only then he will be sent to Spain for a proper training stint.

“I can’t be too far fetched so let’s take one step at a time. I need to qualify and only then I’ll be able to think about the next step,” he added.

Meanwhile, Nicolas Terol is eager to extend his lead in the 125cc standings as he now has 271 points.

Trailing close in second place is Johann Zarco with 246 points. Sandro Cortese, meanwhile, is third with 205 points.

The Malaysian GP starts this Friday with the race day scheduled on Sunday.

For more information, log on to www.malaysiangp.com.my.

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