Friday, October 21, 2016

Heavy Rain Descends Down Under

Phillip Island, Australia – Friday 21stOctober

Circuit: Phillip Island
Circuit Length: 4.4 km
Bike #84 – Jakub Kornfeil
FP1: P13; 1’51.896 – 16 laps
FP2: P10; 1’56.604 – 12 laps
Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
FP1: P33; 1’56.545 – 16 laps
FP2: P12; 1’56.824 –12 laps
Day one at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit saw a continuous downpour disrupt both of today’s Moto3 practice sessions.
DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team riders Jakub Kornfeil and Adam Norrodin put in their best efforts despite the treacherous conditions, to end the day in 10th and 12th place, respectively.
Using morning practice to become acquainted with the 4.4km circuit for the first time, Malaysian newcomer Adam Norrodin endured a difficult task on a slippery track. Persevering nevertheless, the 18-year-old wisely took his time to familiarise himself with the layout, whilst building confidence and speed throughout the sessions.
Eager to ride at one of his favourite circuits, Czech rider Jakub Kornfeil immediately launched himself up the timesheets as the first practice session got underway. Undeterred by the conditions, Kornfeil worked hard to find his rhythm and improve his set-up on board the Honda NSF250RW.
#84 Jakub Kornfeil 
“The conditions today were very difficult; wet, windy and cold is not so enjoyable to ride in!
FP1 was much easier than the afternoon because there was not so much water on the track and so we were able to test more things on the bike. The bike reacted well to the changes we made and I’m very happy with the positive steps we made.
This afternoon was a lot harder; the rain just got heavier and heavier and there was a lot of surface water on track. We weren’t able to improve our pace as the conditions deteriorated but still it was better to be out doing laps to understand the bike more and get a better feeling on the bike. It was a tough session on the body; when your hands and feet are so cold it’s not as easy to find your rhythm.
Overall I’m satisfied with our results under the circumstances today and we have collected a lot of valuable data, so let’s see what tomorrow brings.”
#7 Adam Norrodin
“For me Phillip Island is not an easy track to learn. You have to have a lot of confidence to ride it fast. The weather today has been really bad, so this didn’t help at all. I wanted to just take my time in the first practice to understand the track and build my confidence. After our wet race in Brno my feeling in the rain has not been so good, so in FP1 this morning the result was pretty bad. In FP2 I felt a lot better; I knew where my problem areas were and I had a much better feeling on the bike. I focused completely on the session and tried not to think about the morning. I went faster straight away and the lap time improved. Unfortunately the rain continued to get heavier and I struggled to better my time anymore. In the end I had many close moments on track, so I decided not to push as much and instead just used my time on track to gain more experience and confidence. It looks like we could have more of the same weather this weekend, so it’s good to get experience in these conditions and I’m looking forward to seeing how much I can progress tomorrow.”

-SIC Racing Team facebook.
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