Saturday, April 2, 2016

DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team Get To Work In Blistering Hot Argentina

Argentina – Friday 1st April
Circuit: Termas de Río Hondo
Circuit Length: 4.8 km
Bike #84 – Jakub Kornfeil
FP1: P12; 1’53.854 – 17 laps
FP2: P14; 1’52.051 – 17 laps
Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
FP1: P20; 1’54.527 – 17 laps
FP2: P22; 1’52.484 –15 laps
The opening day in Argentina saw mixed emotions for the DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team, with newcomer Adam Norrodin making impressive progress, whilst teammate Jakub Kornfeil experienced a more challenging start to his Grand Prix weekend.
First out the Moto3 field began free practice one on a slightly dirty track, which saw times nearly four seconds off the pace of last year’s Pole qualifying time. As conditions improved for FP2, times began to drop but the increase in track temperature challenged grip levels.
Jakub Kornfeil got straight to work as the first forty minute session got underway, immediately placing himself within the top ten. Despite encountering some difficulties with the set-up of his #84 machine early into FP1, the Czech rider continued to push hard, elevating himself into fourth place with just eight minutes remaining. As track temperature increased to a blistering 56 degrees for FP2, Kornfeil continued to focus on corner entry in an attempt to improve both his position and time. Despite his best efforts the 22-year-old concluded today with his combined times placing him in 14th position.
Having never ridden at the South American circuit before, rookie Adam Norrodin made an impressive start to morning practice as he launched himself into the top ten, where he remained for the first half of the session. Feeling comfortable and confident on board the #7 Honda NSF250RW, Norrodin continued to progress in FP2, knocking two seconds off his fastest time set in FP1 within the first four laps. Feeling satisfied with the work done to familiarise himself with the track, the young Malay concluded day one in 22nd place overall.
#84 Jakub Kornfeil 
“Both practice sessions today have been quite difficult, especially FP2 where track conditions were incredibly hot, so there was very little grip. Overall I felt good on the bike but we did experience some problems in the exit of the corner. I’m not so fast here because I am loosing time entering the corners, which is effecting my exit a lot. This is what we need to work on. We can see this on the data too, so we know exactly what the problem is, which is good. Now we just need to try to understand as much as possible and make some changes for tomorrow to make the bike better. We are not so far away from the top guys; I did my fastest time alone, so we just have to keep our heads down and keep progressing for qualification tomorrow.”
#7 Adam Norrodin
“I really like the track here in Argentina. It’s quite similar to Qatar, so I think it will be good for me. I felt comfortable on the bike straight away, so we didn’t change too much today; we kept it very similar to Qatar. My main focus was just to learn to ride this track and understand what I need from the bike and myself to go fast. We had good pace from the first outing in FP1, which I was really happy about, so I was feeling really good heading into second practice; I was then able to improve my time by two seconds straight away. Tomorrow I want to continue the same way and work on improving my lap time even more. I’d like to qualify in the top twenty.”

-SIC Racing Team facebook.

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