PETALING JAYA: Rookie rider Adam Norrodin sprang a surprise when he finished ninth fastest in Moto3 qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.
The 17-year SIC Racing Team rider posted 1:56.873 and will start on the third row for the race at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit on Sunday.
Adam not only upstaged his more illustrious compatriot Khairul Idham Pawi – a two-time winner this season – but also secured his best qualifying result in 15 starts in the world championship.
"I’m really happy with today’s result and I want to say a big thank you to my team for giving me a great bike today.
"I had already ridden at this circuit before, so I was really looking forward to this Grand Prix. Yesterday we had really good pace and so today I just refreshed my mind and rode the bike as best and as fast as I could.
"I knew that we could improve the lap time but I had no idea we could make it into the top 10.
"In the last lap I almost crashed but I just quickly put it to the back of my head and in the final minutes I found myself in a good place to make a lap time. I gritted my teeth and took the opportunity.
"We worked hard all weekend, so being in the top 10 is like a bonus to me. For sure for tomorrow we will continue to work hard and fight for a good result," added Adam.
Khairul, riding for Honda Team Asia, clocked 1:57.395 for 22nd spot.
Petronas Raceline Malaysia rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah also did well in Moto2 posting the 12th fastest time (1:50.898).