WorldSSP – Norrodon and Mackenzie fight hard for points in Indonesia
The Indonesian WorldSSP round has now concluded at the Mandalika International Circuit, with the PETRONAS MIE MS Racing Honda Team again able to finish inside the points zone with both Adam Norrodin and Tarran Mackenzie.
Race 2 ran as scheduled in dry conditions. From sixteenth on grid, Mackenzie was lying fifteenth by the end of lap one, while Norrodin placed eighteenth initially, the Malaysian working hard to get into the kind of rhythm that would allow him to stick closer to the riders immediately ahead. Positioning fifteenth and sixteenth on lap five, the pair battled with Truelove but struggled to make real inroads during the first half of the race, despite lap times in line with those of their nearest rivals. Having exchanged positions at the mid-race point, Norrodin and Mackenzie continued to fight to reach the points zone. Gaining precious ground through the very last corners, Norrodin ultimately crossed the line thirteenth, followed by Mackenzie, fourteenth, with both PETRONAS MIE MS Racing Honda riders able to score points in this final race of the weekend.
With two rounds behind them, Mackenzie lies fifteenth in the championship standings with 15 points, Norrodin seventeenth with a tally of 9. Round 3 of the Supersport World Championship is scheduled to play out at the Assen TT Circuit in The Netherlands over the weekend of 21-23 April.
Adam Norrodin P13
“We had a really good race today, having improved the bike during warm-up and made another small change just ahead of the race. I didn’t make a great start though, and lost contact with the group early on. But the bike was working well and this allowed me to push and make up ground, reaching the group of five or so riders ahead of me. It was tough to battle but I paced myself so that I had something to give in the final stages. We finished in the points but will be looking for more in the first European rounds.”
Tarran Mackenzie P14
“We’ve finished three races out of four in the points so far, so that’s good as we weren’t sure how we would do in these first rounds. Today was a bit more of a group battle compared to yesterday and it was tough, but I felt good towards the end of the race. The chassis felt good too, which was important and we leave with a smile on our faces. We have a bit of a break before round three but we’ll test in March and hopefully can make some big improvements as we move forward.”
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KAWASAN EKONOMI KHUSUS MANDALIKA, Kuta, Central Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia - View in Google Maps