The PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team has concluded the opening round of the 2024 Superbike World Championship with riders Tarran Mackenzie and Adam Norrodin.

The SBK field enjoyed much warmer weather on Sunday with air temperatures of around 25°C and a track temperature of 39°C for the lunchtime Superpole race. Mackenzie unfortunately suffered a problem during the warm-up lap and returned to the pits before the race began. From row eight of the grid, Norrodin held twenty-first place through the first laps before making up one position on lap five. Unable to really build on his pace in the limited time available, the Malaysian focused on running a consistent race and reaching the line so as to provide his team with more important data, crossing the line twentieth.

Sunday afternoon brought the second and final 20-lap Superbike race that, like yesterday, involved a mandatory pitstop and tyre change. The race began an hour later than scheduled as the track had to be cleaned after one of the ASBK riders suffered a technical issue in an earlier race. An incident for Jonathan Rea just four laps in caused the race to be suspended with a red flag and restarted a short time later, reduced to just eleven laps and with no pit stop requirement. Mackenzie and Norrodin lined up for the restarted race in eighteenth and nineteenth place and actually concluded the race in the same positions. Although it proved to be a largely uneventful eleven-lapper for the duo, the riders did their best and the team was able to collate useful information which is crucial at this early stage of the season.

The PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team now have approximately three weeks in which to prepare for the second WorldSBK round that will take place at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit on Spain on 22-24 March.

Tarran Mackenzie

“Unfortunately, when I went out for the morning’s Superpole race I had a technical problem and so had to come back into the pits already on the warm-up lap. Later in the day, when race 2 started for the first time, I was almost on the back of the group but then the race was red-flagged. In the restarted race, I had slightly better feeling on the bike, but it was only a short race of course. I set my best lap of the weekend anyway, and was a little more consistent, feeling the best I had all weekend actually, so that’s a positive sign as we head to Barcelona.”

Adam Norrodin

“My first ever Superbike weekend has been quite a tough one, what with the weather and the pitstops in the races. But I’ve gained some really valuable experience and admit that In didn’t come here with any real expectations, also because we haven’t had much test time as yet. We’re still finding the way, which is only normal, but I hope we can be productive during our two-day test in Barcelona so that we’re better prepared for round 2.”

Full Results Courtesy of DWO

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