Mackenzie, Norrodin reflect on Jerez test, new CBR1000RR-R coming soon for MIE Honda?

Friday, 24 November 2023 09:21 GMT

Both Tarran Mackenzie and Adam Norrodin were on track during the test with the pair outlining where there’d like to improve ahead of the next outing

The PETRONAS MIE Racing Honda Team completed their first off-season test with both riders at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto on Wednesday and Thursday, with Tarran Mackenzie joined by Adam Norrodin for the first time on WorldSBK spec machinery. The duo, who were with the same team in WorldSSP, were running the old Honda machine during the test and both reviewed the test at the end of day two, with Mackenzie detailing where he was looking for improvements and Norrodin providing a fitness update.

MACKENZIE RETURNS TO SUPERBIKE MACHINERY: “There still some things I need to learn”

The Brit has plenty of experience of Superbike machinery, having raced in the British Superbike championship and won the title before joining the WorldSBK paddock, with the MIE Honda team in WorldSSP last year. He’s also tested their CBR1000RR-R on a few occasions throughout 2023 and he spoke about where he would like to improve on the Fireblade over the next tests, ahead of a maiden WorldSBK campaign, while also revealing his hopes to have the new machine at their next test.

Looking back on the test, Mackenzie said: “Day 2 was good; the conditions were a little bit better. It helped me a lot, I improved a little bit and had some more understanding. There are still some things I need to learn but we are on the old bike; hopefully, for the next test, we have the new bike which will change some things. I haven’t had so much time on a Superbike with traction control, only really at the Suzuka 8 Hours, so it was nice just to understand that side of it. I still need to understand and learn a lot, but the lap time was a little bit better. It was the last test of the year, but hopefully at the Portimao test in January we can make a step.”

DEBUT FOR NORRODIN: still searching for fitness

Malaysian star Norrodin missed the last couple of rounds after being injured in a crash at Magny-Cours, with the test also his first time on the CBR1000RR-R as he prepares for a maiden campaign in WorldSBK. While he admitted he still wasn’t at full fitness for the test, he outlined what his target was for the test and also explained how he’ll be working over the winter to get back to 100% fitness ahead of the team’s next test.

Explaining his two-day test, Norrodin said: “Unfortunately, I am still not 100% fit and so I wasn’t totally comfortable with my shoulder while riding. The target for the test was to build feeling with the bike, which we did, but my physical condition limited how many laps we could complete as I have little power in my arm and get fatigued after only a short run. I’m continuing with physio and rehab, but it’s going to be a long process, so now I want to visit my doctors back in Malaysia to see what else we can do to speed up the recovery process. A big thank you to the team anyway, as they’ve worked really hard this week. My focus over the next weeks is my physical recovery – I want to do all I can to better prepared for our next test in January.”

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