SEPANG - MOTO3 RACE2018-11-05 17:51
Today’s Malaysian Grand Prix saw PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider Adam Norrodin ride a sensational race in front of his home crowd.
Starting from pitlane, after receiving a penalty in yesterday’s qualifying, Norrodin was faced with the immense task of catching the Moto3 field from 28th place. Lapping in last position from the start of the seventeen-lap race, the young Malaysian showed grit and determination, achieving the fastest-lap time on three occasions. Catching the leading group, Norrodin exuded fight as he carved his way through the pack, up into a superb seventh place. Relentlessly fighting, the twenty-year-old dropped back to thirteenth place, but immediately began his pursuit to regain positions. Pushing beyond the limits on the penultimate lap, saw Norrodin make a small mistake and crash. Immediately re-joining the race Adam Norrodin finished in a heroic 23rd place in front of his home crowd.
Teammate Ayumu Sasaki battled his way through a difficult Malaysian Grand Prix, to conclude the penultimate round of the 2018 season, in 18th place.
Johan Stigefelt - Team Manager
“It was a very difficult race for Adam [Norrodin], because he had to start from the pit lane, but he did an amazing job. He worked hard lap after lap and finally could catch the front group, he even reached P7, which was incredible. Adam gave everything he had, he couldn’t do more and at the end of the race he crashed; It’s tough for him but this is racing. We are very proud of him.
It looked like Ayumu [Sasaki] was struggling with speed today, so we will have to look into this further. He fell backwards in the race and that was difficult for him. It has been a tough weekend, but we will do our best in the next round.”
#7 ADAM NORRODIN - P23
“Yesterday I was really unlucky due to the penalty I received from Race Direction. This was my last race at Sepang in the Moto3 World Championship and I really wanted to do my best in front of my family and the fans. I would like to thank everybody for their support and for keep believing in me throughout the weekend. It was looking impossible, but the crowd continued to cheer me on.
At the beginning of the race I just pushed hard, because I wanted a podium in my last home race here. I gave everything I had and finally could reach the leading group, but during the last laps I was not sure if I could fight for the rostrum. I struggled a lot with the throttle and my left hand and in the last corner, I pushed too hard and crashed. I will keep pushing to reach the win one day, I will come back stronger. Thanks to everybody for their support.”
#71 AYUMU SASAKI - P18
“I started the race quite well, but in Turn one another rider touched me and I ran wide, so I lost some positions – I went down to P17. I tried to overtake many riders in the following corners, but it was difficult to keep my place in the two last straights. I gave my best to regain some positions, especially in the braking areas, but then the temperature increased and it became very difficult for me to follow the leading group. Finally I ended in the back of the group; I’m disappointed with this result, as we had a good pace and the setting overall was great. We will analyse what happened today and try to come back stronger for the last race in Valencia”.
Source: SIC Racing Team
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