PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider Adam Norrodin claimed a fantastic 5th place finish in today’s Moto3 race, with teammate Ayumu Sasaki just missing out on the points in 16th.
Following consistent rain throughout morning warm-up, The Grand Prix of Argentina saw a dramatic start to proceedings, as the wet conditions eased and the possibility of a dry line during the race came into play.
Choosing to remain with wet tyres like the majority of the field, Norrodin immediately displayed strong form as he joined the battle for second place. Riding smart through difficult conditions, the Malaysian chose to preserve his tyre as much as possible, whilst pushing to hold onto the podium fight.
Crossing the line in 5th place, Norrodin can hold his head high as he heads to America with a career best finish and valuable points that elevate him to 8th place in the Championship overall.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“Today the conditions were very tricky before the race; it was very nerve wracking because we weren’t 100% sure what tyres to choose on the grid, but in the end we chose to keep the wet tyres in. It was not easy out there and maybe his bike was not 100% either, so Adam really did a great job to finish in fifth, his best result ever. Top five is a great reward for us as a team too, so we are very happy and proud of him; big credit to Adam for managing the tyres so well and bringing home some good points. We’re in a good way, so let’s hope we can keep this momentum going. For Ayumu it was a bit more difficult today; he also had wet tyres in but unfortunately he didn’t really manage the race so well. He needed to fight harder. In the end he wasn’t really pushing as much as we thought he could; it was possible for him to finish in the points and he didn’t do it; this is something we must work on with him and move forward. We started well in Qatar with Ayumu, so we need to get back to this.”
#7 ADAM NORRODIN – P5
“It’s been a really good weekend here; we’ve been strong from the start and I’ve felt confident throughout, so it’s great to finish in the top five today. It’s my best result to date so I’m very happy about this and it’s gave us some good points for the Championship. It was quite difficult to choose which tyre to use on the starting grid as it felt like conditions may dry quickly but in the end we stayed with the wet setting and I knew I had to do just do the best with it. I’m a little disappointed not to make the podium; I really wanted it bad! At the beginning I tried to stay smooth and preserve my tyre as much as possible whilst holding onto the leading group, but in the middle of the race I felt like I reached the limit following them. From this point I just tried my best to stay in a good position until the end of the race. To finish 5th in our second race of the year is a great start to the season, so I hope to continue like this when we go to Austin next.”
#71 AYUMU SASAKI – P16
“Today’s race conditions were quite difficult and we had to make a decision on the grid whether to stay with wets or change to slicks. We chose wet tyres and this was the right decision, but unfortunately I really struggled to find my rhythm during the race. I was fighting for top twelve but in the end I dropped further back and then couldn’t regain any positions, so we finished 16th. I’m not happy with how this weekend has gone and I’m very disappointed not to collect any points today. We have to come back stronger at the next round; I must work very hard to do better in America.”
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