Circuit Length: 4.2 km
FP1: P2; 1’43.588 – 18 laps
FP2: P4; 1’43.408 – 16 laps
FP1: P33; 1’46.089 – 18 laps
FP2: P28; 1’44.905 –17 laps
Teammate Adam Norrodin had a more challenging start to his weekend as he headed out onto the San Marino Circuit for the very first time. Working hard to adapt to the stop-and-go layout as quickly as possible, Free Practice one was all about learning for the young rookie. Feeling more confident in the afternoon’s session, Norrodin made good progress with his lap time but was unable to make much headway on his position. Nevertheless the 18-year-old is positive he has a lot more to give tomorrow.
“I feel very good today. In the results we have been high up throughout both practices, so we just need to continue working hard. Our set-up feels good; I’m using the whole bike and riding on the limit. I’ve posted my quickest times alone with no slip stream and I’m still there. Towards the end of FP2 we couldn’t improve again but this was just because we used an older tyre, which was always the plan, so that tomorrow we have one more set of good tyres for qualifying. I’m happy but it’s only the first day, so it’s important to stay focussed, keep our head down and continue to push. If tomorrow we qualify in the top four again, we will start the race from the first or second row, which will be perfect. Now we have to keep this momentum going and then everything will be fine. I’m feeling confident. Thanks to my team for the bike. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
“In FP1 I had hoped to do a much better time but it took longer than I thought to learn this track; it’s quite a challenging layout. We finished FP1 low down on the time sheets but the good thing was many of the other riders went fast early on and hit their limits, so in the second practice they stayed around the same lap time, whilst we improved. We started FP2 with a fresh head and bettered our lap time straight away by around 1.5 seconds. I knew exactly where my weak points were, so I just focussed on improving them. Jakub was very fast today so we have some good data to compare to as well. Tomorrow we need to take the next step, go quicker again and get closer to the top. For sure there is still a lot of work to be done but I feel positive that we can achieve our target here.”
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