Brand new engine? If it is, yup it's normal. Just means your engine still has a tight pinch at the top of the sleeve still. It'll get better as you run your engine. You are also feeling the compression of the motor, always a good sign.
Get some more fuel through that engine at a rich mixture.
Heat the engine with a hairdryer then start it up. The heat helps everything expand & start up easier. You will only need to do this for a tank of fuel or 2. Once the engine is run in it wont be as tight. You will still feel the pinch at TDC though.
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