SIC Racing Team rider Adam Norrodin looked back his first year in the Moto3 World Championship, in 2016, and considered it a very fruitful season, although everything was new for him.
“In the beginning, it was quite difficult because there were many tracks I still didn't know, and we had to struggle to find a good setup until halfway through the season, but finally, my chief found something that I needed. Also, I improved my riding a lot, which all together allowed me to ride my bike better in the final part of the championship.”
“Looking back at my 2016 season, I learned many things. How we have to push ourselves from the first session, how I make the best use of the bike, how I can step forward with the setup, and so on.”
Despite tough races in the first part of the season, Norrodin gradually performed better towards the end of the season. He commented that his best race was the Japanese Grand Prix.
“I felt good and my bike worked very well, because I've been there in my Asia Talent Cup days and I knew the track. I qualified 9th and finished in 12th, which was a decent result, let’s say. Also, the next weekend at Philip Island was good with starting from the 11th grid and finished in 11th place. Then we went to Sepang for my home race, and I didn’t get a good result. I was fully motivated to secure the best result of the season in front of my home crowd, but the weather was unstable throughout the weekend and I crashed in the race. It’s a shame.”
Before this weekend, Norrodin and other Malaysian riders visited Prime Minister Najib Razak’s office. The Prime Minister confirmed the government would continue to encourage and support motorsports at the national level, to produce a Malaysian champion someday. Many national media reported this news.
“Mr. Najib wanted to see us because he couldn’t come to see the race during the weekend. It was a really special experience for me because normal 18-years-olds cannot see the prime minister, and I spoke with him personally.”
In South East Asia, the popularity of road racing is constantly increasing, as is the case in Malaysia. Norrodin expects that many young talent will grow up in the future.
“I am optimistic about the potential of Malaysian riders and their future. In the past, we used to struggle to reach the world championship level, but now we have three riders in Moto3 and Moto2, including me. There is also a developing program to find and train young riders. So I think it is just a matter of time before they find good and competitive ones.”
And when you look at the SIC Racing Team’s livery and fairing, you will find the distinctive ‘KBS’ logo. It is an abbreviation for the Ministry of Youth and Sports (Malay: Kementerian Belia dan Sukan). It shows how the country eagerly supports and encourages road racing activities. To fulfill their expectations, Adam Norrodin is determined to get good results for his second Moto3 World Championship season.
“Since late last year, our bike has been working very well, and I am really comfortable with it. For this year, we prepared well from pre-season testing, and I finished in the top 10 in Qatar. We need to get better results and I am confident that we can do it with my team!”