The PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team moves on to Misano
The PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team and riders Tarran Mackenzie and Adam Norrodin are now in Italy and all set for round five of the 2023 Supersport World Championship at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
The latest WorldSSP round, which ran a little over three weeks ago at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit, brought challenges but by the end of the weekend both riders felt that they had made a number of small gains and now look forward to continuing their work this coming weekend.
A few days after the Barcelona round, a two-day test was held at the Misano track. In light of the fact that the PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Superbike riders Hafizh Syahrin and Eric Granado were unable to ride due to injury, Mackenzie was brought in by the team as a substitute rider for the all-important sessions. Although the Brit was riding the squad’s Superbike and not his Supersport machine, he was nevertheless able to benefit from significant track time and ride in both wet and dry conditions. Norrodin also has previous knowledge of the Misano circuit, which will hopefully help the Malaysian as he sets to work on Friday.
The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli was inaugurated in the 1960s and has regularly hosted the most important two-wheeled championships, including MotoGP and WorldSBK. The production-derived series has been visiting the circuit since 1991, the racing often taking place in the summertime. Located on the Adriatic coast, the Italian racetrack measures 4.226 km and incorporates ten right-hand corners and six left-handers. Located in the Emilia-Romagna region, the Misano track was largely unaffected by the recent flooding, but the PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda team extends its thoughts to all residents of the region whose lives have been impacted in recent weeks.
“Prior to the recent tests, I hadn’t ridden at Misano since 2017, so that track time a couple of weeks ago was really useful, even if it was on the Superbike and not my usual Supersport bike. I was able to complete a lot of laps and collect a lot of data, and now hopefully we can harness that experience and have a good WorldSSP weekend.”
“I know the Misano track as I’ve previously raced there when competing in the world championship. It’s not an easy track as there are so many slow corners and then a final fast section, but I think it might suit my riding style. Conditions could be hot and sunny but that’s always good for me. I’ve done my best to prepare and continue with my physical and mental training in the run up to the weekend, so now we’ll see what we can do.”
Name: Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
Length: 4.226 km
Pole position: left
Corners: 10 right-hand, 6 left-hand