LAST_UPDATESat, 23 Jun 2018 9pm

Malaysian Riders Struggle At GP Of Americas

KUALA LUMPUR: Moto3 rider Adam Norrodin struggled to find a good rhythm on the opening day of the Grand Prix of Americas, but he remains optimistic ahead of qualifying later today (Saturday) after making marginal progress in the second free practice (FP2) yesterday.

The Petronas Sprinta Racing rider clocked two minutes and 21.044 seconds for 11th in FP1 but dropped down to 20th in FP2 (2:19.689s) as he experimented with set-up changes.

Adam, who scored a career best fifth place finish in the previous race in Argentina earlier this month, said there is still much work to be done.

"It was a really tough day, 11th in FP1 was decent but I knew I was far off the pace. The track is also surprisingly very dirty (FP1) and the bumps were much higher than before, but of course everyone faced the same conditions," said the 19-year-old.

"We tried H (hard compound) tires at the start of FP2, but I was not comfortable with the set-up and just tried my best to manage.

"I came in and made some changes, and thankfully we improved, but it was still not enough to be in the front group.

"However, I have a good feeling with the bike now and it is up to me to improve. For sure, tomorrow (today) I have to work on clocking the best possible time I can, as I do not want to lose any points here, we have to think about the championship."

Teammate Ayumu Sasaki (Japan) did well to place 10th in FP2 (2:18.387s) after placing 16th in FP1 (2:21.559s).

In Moto2, Khairul Idham Pawi (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) was 29th in both FP1 (2:15.847s) and FP2 (2:13.795s) while rookie Zulfahmi Khairuddin (SIC Racing Team) was also 31st in both FP1 (2:18.176s) and FP2 (2:15.152s).