Norrodin bows out with safe finish at Valencian GP2019-11-18 02:43
Adam Norrodin has finished out his time with PETRONAS Sprinta Racing in the Moto2 World Championship by coming home in 29th place at today’s Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. Marking an end to his time with the team as he deputises for the injured Khairul Idham Pawi, it means that he’s been able to complete his World Championship apprenticeship with more valuable kilometres under his belt.
Struggling throughout the weekend with pain in his left shoulder after a flare-up of the injury he sustained at the Aragon Grand Prix in September, it meant that the Malaysian rider went into today’s race expecting to struggle over the 25-lap distance. Shortened to 15 laps after an earlier red flag, he was able to put together a consistent run when the lights went out to take his fourth finish from six races deputising for KIP in 29th place, with the smallest gap to the leaders so far of 37.410secs.
The 2020 Moto2 World Championship season will get underway with the Qatar Grand Prix on March 8th 2020, with Xavi Vierge and Jake Dixon making their debuts for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing this week during pre-season testing at the Circuito Jerez.
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“Adam did what we hoped he would be able to do this weekend and continued to develop and improve himself. We gave him seven races, and in the last one today he was the closest to the front - we wanted to see progression and he delivered on it. He didn’t crash all weekend, he rode well and I’m really happy with the work he did. I think he’s learned a lot here, which I’m really happy about, and now he can go back to CEV Moto2 for 2020 and put that into practice. We’ve got an exciting new project to focus on for 2020 with two hungry young riders joining us, and we’re really looking forward to welcoming our new team members and seeing what we can achieve.”
“I knew from the beginning of the weekend that I was going to suffer in the race because I was struggling with pain in my shoulder. I found good speed in Valencia and was able to be fast for a few laps - but over a race distance, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I feel sorry for the team that I couldn’t do more for them, but finishing another race means even more mileage under my belt to prepare for 2020. I’ve learned so much in my time with PETRONAS Sprinta Racing, and I’m honoured to have been given the opportunity. Hopefully, it’s not my last chance to work with them!”
Moto2 Race Results - Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana
POS. RIDER NUM TEAM TIME
1 Brad Binder 41 Red Bull KTM Ajo 25'30.766
2 Thomas Luthi 12 Dynavolt Intact GP +0.735
3 Jorge Navarro
Source: SIC Racing Team
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