PETALING JAYA: Adam Norrodin (pic) fought his way from the back of the grid to earn his best ever finish in the Moto3 World Championship.
The 19-year-old Malaysian finished a creditable ninth in the Czech Grand Prix at the Brno Circuit yesterday.
Adam completed the 19-lap race on a wet track in 44:51.709 to earn his second top 10 finish of the season. He was 10th in the season-opening race in Doha, Qatar, in March.
After concluding Friday’s practice sessions in third place, Adam was confident of carrying his momentum into qualifying. But he crashed on Saturday and qualified 25th on the grid.
“This result was unexpected as I was unable to find the right set-up for the bike in qualifying on Saturday.
“I knew it would be tough to be in the points. I pushed hard and started to work my way up. There was a lot of fighting but I made it to ninth place. I’m very happy with this result,” said Adam, who is now 21st in the overall standings with 16 points.
The rain also brought joy to Moto2 rookie Khairul Idham Pawi as he scored his first points of the season after finishing in 14th place.
The Idemitsu Honda Team Asia rider overtook fellow Malaysian Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah on the last lap to earn two championship points for 29th spot in the overall standings.
Hafizh, riding for Petronas Raceline Malaysia, could only finish 15th. He has 44 points and is 13th in the standings.