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Norrodin: “I knew I had to try”

Norrodin: “I knew I had to try”

Rookie Adam Norrodin produced a thrilling podium challenge at the Argentina GP, but his dream of a podium would end prematurely.

Two Malaysian riders made their impact on the world stage at the Argentina GP: race winner Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) and Adam Norrodin. Both riders showed immense skill in the opening laps, expertly navigating the tricky conditions on slick tyres to sit one-two for much of the race. In just his second World Championship appearance, Norrodin found himself battling with the likes of Jorge Navarro (Estrella Galicia 0,0). The two battled hard throughout the race, Norrodin sitting back as knew he had to remain upright after his fantastic race start.

With the finish line in sight, Norrodin made his move into the final corner. He attempted to slide his Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda past Navarro, but as soon as he began to accelerate he high sided. The podium was gone, but the young Malaysian showed the grit of a champion as he stood up and pushed his bike across the line for 11th place. With this came his first World Championship points, it may not have been the fairy tale ending to his weekend he hoped for, but the Argentina GP is a round Norrodin won’t forget anytime soon.

Adam Norrodin: “Today started really well. We had a great warm up and we finished in the top ten. I felt good and had a lot of confidence going into the race. When we lined up on the grid the conditions were mixed and we had to make a decision with the tyres. We chose slicks so I just focussed on doing a good race and making the most of our qualifying position. You never know when you’re going to have this chance again so I knew I had to push from the start; I wanted to be in the top ten. I made a good start; I felt really comfortable with the bike and confident so I kept pushing myself hard and I finished the first lap in third place. I saw Pawi and Loi breakaway so I pushed a lot to catch them. I caught Loi and then soon after Navarro passed me on the straight, so I decided to just stay behind him and follow him to the end. I didn’t want to fight and risk crashing in the middle of the race, so I kept calm behind him and tried to see where I could pass him towards the end.

“On the last lap I was faster than him so I knew I had to try and go for second place. We swapped places a couple of times during the final lap so when I got to the last corner I knew this was my last chance. I managed to pass him but as soon I touched the throttle again, I high-sided. I’m so disappointed and angry for this; we should have took a podium today. I know that the points are still good and I want to thank the team for all their support and belief in me. I’m still learning but I know I will learn from what I lost today; I will be better next time.”

Tags:
Moto3, 2016, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA, RAC, Adam Norrodin, Drive M7 SIC Racing Team

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