When Malaysian rider Adam Norrodin was first confirmed for the SuperSports 600cc class of the 2019 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship, there were a lot of high expectations placed on his shoulders. As a former Moto3 rider, Adam was immediately one of the favourites to win the 600cc title this year.

As the season progressed, the quiet and unassuming rider tended to fade into the background, oftentimes overshadowed by Peerapong Boonlert’s unparalleled results and by Kasma Daniel’s showy riding style.

At the Zhuhai International Circuit for Round 5 of the 2019 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship, Adam Norrodin finally revealed his true colours.

The SIC Junior ZK Racing rider started the 12-lap race from the second row after qualifying P5 with 1’38.028s. Pole position went to Kasma who was clearly more comfortable with the stop-and-go nature of the Zhuhai International Circuit in spite of the searing temperatures.

However, even as Kasma got the power down to lead into Lap 1, Adam was able to make sure that he stayed in touch with the leading group.

While Kasma was busy engaged with Peerapong Boonlert and Ramdan Rosli, Adam was quietly making his way up the field. By Lap 7, the determined young rider had already overtaken championship leader Peerapong and Ramdan and was in position to challenge Kasma.

Just when it looked as if the riders had settled into their race pace, Adam had one last surprise up his sleeve. The SIC Junior ZK Racing rider pulled off a perfectly-executed overtaking move on Kasma at the last corner, and successfully pipped his compatriot to the finish line by 0.087s.

Adam logged his first ARRC win with a time of 19’38.917s, relegating Kasma to second with 19’39.004s. For the second time this season, championship leader Peerapong Boonlert had to settle for third.