Saturday, 19 March 2016

DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team Make Positive Start In Qatar

Qatar, Doha – Friday 18th March
Circuit: Losail International Circuit
Circuit Length: 5.4 km
Bike #84 – Jakub Kornfeil
FP1: P9; 2’07.530 – 11 laps
FP2: P8; 2’06.329 – 14 laps
FP3: P15; 2’06.970 –11 laps
Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
FP1: P20; 2’08.045 – 13 laps
FP2: P17; 2’06.714 –13 laps
FP3: P17; 2’07.112 –11 laps
The opening of the Qatar MotoGP weekend saw a positive start for Moto3 riders Jakub Kornfeil and Adam Norrodin, as the DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team duo made solid progress throughout the three Free Practice sessions.
Kornfeil continued his run of form at the Losail International Circuit, completing both FP1 and FP2 within the top ten and setting his fastest lap time on race tyres. As FP3 got underway the Czech rider quickly found his rhythm on board the Honda NSF250RW launching himself into the top five. As the session progressed, struggling with a lack of grip on track, Kornfeil was unable to further improve his time and instead focused his attentions on testing different tyre combinations.
Moto3 rookie Norrodin made a solid start to his debut Grand Prix weekend, retaining a position in the top sixteen for the majority of first practice, before concluding the second session of the day in 17th place with a time of 2’06.714, an impressive eight tenths faster than his best time set in testing.
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.
#84 Jakub Kornfeil 
“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.”
#7 Adam Norrodin
“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.”
-SIC Racing Team facebook.
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