A problematic race 1 for the PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team at Misano

A problematic race 1 for the PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team at Misano

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The PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda team has completed the first Superbike World Championship race at Misano with Norrodin closing twentieth and Mackenzie retiring from the race.

A problematic race 1 for the PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team at Misano

During the morning’s third and final practice, which took place on a cooler track, Norrodin was able to improve on his best time of yesterday. Making the most of the 20-minute session, both he and team-mate Tarran made small refinements to setup ahead of the Superpole. While Tarran put in a fastest time of 1'35.174, Adam set a 1'36.896.

The subsequent 15-minute Superpole session ran in sunny conditions. Both Tarran and Adam set their best times during their second exit. A fastest reference of 1'34.422 for the Brit and a 1'36.082 for the Malaysian saw them place twenty-first and twenty-fourth respectively, meaning that they qualified on rows seven and eight of the grid for Race 1.

At 2pm local time it was time for the first race of the weekend, the riders lining up in hot and fairly windy conditions (air temp. 29°C, track temp. 44°C). Tarran got away well when the lights went out and was up to sixteenth by the end of lap 1 but slipped back a few positions over the subsequent laps. His lap times briefly picked up from around lap six, but a gap had inevitably opened up in the meantime. Struggling with technical difficulties that saw him lying twenty-first on lap nine, the Brit ultimately decided to pit, his race therefore coming to a premature end. Adam meanwhile held twenty-second for the first nine laps of the race before gaining two positions. From there, the Malaysian held firm in twentieth, gritting his teeth to complete the race and collect useful data for tomorrow's races.

The PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team will be back out at the Misano World Circuit on Sunday, competing in the Superpole Race and second Superbike race 

Tarran Mackenzie Tarran Mackenzie WorldSBK Rider #95

"We made a good step this morning in terms of lap time, and I felt good in qualifying. My best lap ended up getting cancelled, but I was happy anyway. We then made a small change for the race, but unfortunately this made a big difference to the feeling I had on the bike. This created a few problems, and I wasn’t comfortable riding at all. Tomorrow we’ll try something else and will hopefully have a better race!”"

Adam Norrodin Adam Norrodin WorldSBK Rider #27

"We didn’t have the best qualifying. We improved on our lap time right away and were even quicker than we’d been in testing actually. I’m sure I could have done more on my final flying lap in qualifying but unfortunately, I nearly lost the front at turn 11 and so missed out on the chance to improve, which was a pity. The race wasn’t so bad, at least through the first six or seven laps, but then I started to struggle with the front. At least we completed the race, but we have many things to work through and understand ahead of tomorrow’s races."

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