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Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali said Zulfahmi had to ensure he was in the top 15 for each of the remaining nine races.
"Zulfahmi has to be more determined in meeting the top 15 target. He should put up a better peformance in Indianapolis next week until the end of the season. "Should he fail to be in the top 15 for each race, Zulfahmi will be slapped with financial penalties. It is entirely up to him to succeed," he told reporters at SIC Saturday.
Razlan said the decision was made after taking into consideration the objective of SIC to give at least one slot to a local racer in Moto3.
"We have many junior riders but I do no want to affect the preparations of other racers in their competition for the CEV Repsol International Championship and Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup.
"Actually, Zulfahmi did not explain his direction in Moto3. After my meeting with him this morning, we decided not to distract his concentration in the subsequent races after Indianapolis," he said.
Razlan also advised Zulfahmi to use the opportunity available to impress other teams should he want to tie up with one of them to continue his motoring career. "He needs to think of his career. Zulfahmi should go all out in the remaining nine races to ensure he could continue racing next season," he said.
Meanwhile, Zulfahmi when met said he was grateful to his team for their confidence and accommodation for him to complete this Moto3 season.
"I know it is all up to me after this, and I usually improve after mid- season, so I will work hard to improve by position in each race. "I will put in more effort as I still want to race in the World MotoGP next year," he said.
Zulfahmi is now in the 25th spot out of 28 riders in the Moto3 class with two points while his teammate, Jakub Kornfeil is now placed 18th with 19 points.