Circuit Length: 5.4 km
FP1: P9; 2’07.530 – 11 laps
FP2: P8; 2’06.329 – 14 laps
FP3: P15; 2’06.970 –11 laps
FP1: P20; 2’08.045 – 13 laps
FP2: P17; 2’06.714 –13 laps
FP3: P17; 2’07.112 –11 laps
Back on the pace in FP3, Norrodin continued to shine as he worked his way up to 11th position. Pushing hard the 17-year-old looked set to continue his progress, when a crash at turn nine saw a premature end to the Malay’s session. Despite being unable to continue for the remaining ten minutes, Norrodin concluded the final practice in a respectable 17th place.
“Yesterday I felt so good; we had a great tyre plan and a very good setting on the bike. The track conditions were near perfect and there was also a lot of rubber on track, especially in FP2 after the MotoGP practice. I really enjoyed riding; I found a good group to go with and everything was going well. Today we had only one practice and we wanted to save all the good tyres, so we weren’t pushing so much for the lap time, more testing the tyre variations. Tomorrow is very important. We have our qualification at 18:00, one hour earlier than the practice today, so I hope that there will still be a lot of temperature. We will see. I think our bike is good; we are not so far away, we just need to concentrate on what we are doing, follow our plan and make one very fast lap so we have a good grid position for the race on Sunday.”
“From our first test this year, I feel so good. Throughout the three practice sessions we have improved nearly one second from my best time in testing here last week. Every day I feel we make a step forward and I am gaining more and more confidence in the bike. Today we focussed on settings for qualifying tomorrow, but we didn’t really need to change much with the bike, I just wanted to push more. I was getting faster and was up to eleventh place, but then I crashed in turn nine. I was pushing a lot and I lost the front. Hopefully tomorrow the grip will be better for qualifying. The bike that we have is good and I know that I can do better. I will concentrate more and prepare everything to do my best tomorrow.”
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