Norrodin takes fantastic fifth for Petronas Sprinta Racing in Argentina

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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Argentina GP

Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo, 2018





























































 

 

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Petronas Sprinta Racing aiming high in Argentina

PETRONAS Sprinta Racing riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki make their way to the South American circuit determined to improve on their results from the opening round in Qatar.

Following on from Losail, Sasaki and Norrodin will face a similar challenge, with track surface conditions in Argentina also dusty and lacking in grip. Nevertheless the PETRONAS duo are confident that they can capitalise on their positive start to the 2018 season and secure a good result at the Termas de Rio Hondo on Sunday.

#7 ADAM NORRODIN
“I have one of the biggest memories in my career from Argentina, so it’s a special place to me. You have to really concentrate to make a good lap time at this circuit. There are not so many corners, so it’s all about finding your rhythm to be fast. Luckily this suits my riding style and I like the track a lot. After quite a good result in Qatar, I’m looking forward to this next race. I have a lot of motivation to do the best I can this year. As qualifying has always been my weak point, I know this is what I will have to work on the most this weekend. If I can get a better starting position I am confident that I can do well in the race. Top ten is always the target and I will fight for this.”

#71 AYUMU SASAKI
“I’m very excited for this next race in Argentina. Although I struggled quite a bit with the set-up of my bike last year, now that we have previous experience at this track, I feel confident that we can make a big improvement. I like the track a lot and already I feel very good with the base set-up that we have for the bike this year, so we go there well prepared. In Qatar we finished eighth which was okay but I expect more this year. For qualifying I have good confidence after qualifying in fourth at Qatar, so this weekend our main focus will be working on our race pace; in Qatar at the start of the race I was not strong enough; this is what I will be working on throughout practice. I want to constantly improve and better my results every race, so I will push hard for this.”

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Petronas Sprinta Racing wrap up successful test at Sepang

Petronas Sprinta Racing riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki concluded their Sepang Test today, following an intense and productive three-day testing programme.

Taking full advantage of the Malaysian weather, both riders optimised the track time, completing over 140 laps each.

Feeling happy with bike set-up and positive about the season ahead, the team now prepare to return to Europe for the final pre-season test at Jerez, commencing in just over two weeks’ time.

Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
Fastest lap: 2.14”246

Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
Fastest lap: 2.13”535

 

Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“We’ve had a good test here in Malaysia at our home circuit. The weather and track conditions have been very good throughout the three days and we have got many things done. From the start of the test Ayumu was very fast and this helped us in getting the bike more accurate and to be able to give him a better set up. Adam took a bit longer to get down in times but in the end he was also doing very well and we found a good way for him too. Honda provided us with new parts for this season, so it’s been great to be able to test them here. Now we are ready for the final test at Jerez in a couple of weeks. We must say a big thanks to Sepang Circuit and all staff for their support during this test.”

#7 ADAM NORRODIN
“We’ve had a really busy and productive few days; we’ve done so much this test. The weather has been perfect, so we’ve been able to do a lot of laps. It’s been great to have the track to ourselves so thank you so much to Sepang Circuit for this! We have been focussing on our bike set-up and in particular the rear of the bike because last year this is what I struggled with; in the end we found something different which works well and has helped me quite a bit. I feel a lot more confident to go to the next and final pre-season test in Jerez.”

#71 AYUMU SASAKI
“From the beginning of this test I have had a really good feeling on the bike and could push myself from the start. We’ve done a lot these three days, made many changes, tried new things and now we leave here with a very good set-up, which is completely different to last years race here. I think with this new setting we are much better and can be much stronger. We are more consistent and with good lap times alone. I think we have made a couple of big steps here. I can’t wait to ride in Jerez now!”

 

2018 Moto3 Team Launch

Sepang International Circuit, 2018


























2018 Moto3 Team Shooting

Norrodin & Sasaki 2018 Livery
















Petronas Sprinta Racing ready for 2018 Moto3 season

Today we are delighted to officially announce our new partnership with PETRONAS Sprinta as title sponsor.

A three year strategic partnership between PETRONAS and SIC; PETRONAS Sprinta Racing will contest the Moto3 World Championship in 2018 with Malaysian rider Adam Norrodin and Japanese rider Ayumu Sasaki on board the Honda NSF250RW.

Pn Zahariah (Liza) Abdul Rahman, Senior General Manager, Group Strategic Communications PETRONAS commented, “PETRONAS seeks to strengthen its brand presence and awareness in MotoGP and we are proud to see this project come to life in just a matter of months.
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing is also a clear reflection of the commitment shared between PETRONAS and SIC who believes Malaysian talents are capable of competing at the highest level if given proper guidance.”

Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“I’m really pleased that we can announce our collaboration with PETRONAS today. It means a lot to be associated with such a high value brand, with whom have already had great success in Formula One. This is the start of a great partnership, so it’s a very exciting time for us all. We will work hard to achieve good results and together I hope we can further our program with Adam and Ayumu in Moto3. I’m very happy and proud to be a part of PETRONAS Sprinta Racing.”.

#7 ADAM NORRODIN
“I’m really happy to have PETRONAS Sprinta with us; they are so big and well known in Motorsport, I feel very proud to be sponsored by them and carry their name. I’m excited for this partnership and really looking forward to this year. This is my third season in the Moto3 World Championship, so it’s a very important year for me. I want to be the best I have ever been. I have a lot more confidence and experience now, so I feel ready to give it my all. I want to be regularly in the top ten for myself and the team; I want to be fighting for the podium. I will push to be up there and do everyone proud.”

#71 AYUMU SASAKI
“I’m very happy that I can race for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing. PETRONAS is such a prestigious company, so it’s a real honour to have their support. I’m really happy to be part of this family. For me PETRONAS Sprinta are one of the best sponsors; they already sponsor the Champion team in F1, so I want to do my best for them in this Championship. This will be my second year in Moto3 so I will push harder than before; try to stay in the front group and fight for the podium as much as I can.”

Valencia Test

Ricardo Tormo Circuit, 2018