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Friday, March 24, 2017
Top Ten For SIC RACING TEAM Riders On Day One At Losail
Qatar, Doha – Thursday 23rd March
Circuit: Losail International Circuit Circuit Length: 5.4 km
Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin FP1: P10; 2’07.856 – 12 laps FP2: P14; 2’08.860 –9 laps
Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki FP1: P8; 2’07.810 – 12 laps FP2: P18; 2’09.167 –11 laps
SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki made a solid start to their 2017 campaign today, concluding the first day of practice in 8th (Ayumu) and 10th (Adam) place overall.
Looking in good form Malaysian rider Adam Norrodin focussed his attentions on achieving consistent lap times around the 5.4km circuit. With renewed confidence the 18-year-old improved his pace throughout Free Practice one to finish the session just 0.875s off P1.
Ayumu Sasaki made an impressive start to his official Moto3 debut immediately launching himself into the top four in FP1. The 16-year-old rookie showed his confidence within the World Championship field, holding a top four position for the majority of the session, only just being pipped to 8th place in the final minutes.
Free practice two saw more challenging conditions for the Moto3 riders as an increase in wind speed proved testing for the lower cylinder category, with times increasing by a second.
#7 Adam Norrodin
“The conditions today were a little bit difficult. In FP1 there was not so much grip because of the sand on track; there were many crashes in the session but I managed to stay calm and find a good rhythm. I was not pushing to my limit but I was able to do some consistent times and finish in the top ten. Going into FP2 I wanted to do better. The grip had improved and I felt good straight away. I wanted to achieve another top ten finish, so I continued to push harder as the session went on, but then in the final minutes I made a mistake and had a small crash. I’m sorry to Nakarin for this as he was caught up in it. Overall we are not so far away so we are looking forward to seeing what we can do tomorrow.”
#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“There was quite a lot of sand on the track for the first practice so conditions weren’t so great, but this was the same for everyone. The lap times were slower than testing last week but I had a pretty good feeling on the bike still. We finished FP1 in eighth position which was good. In second practice we expected to be better but it was too windy so we couldn’t improve the lap time. In the last session I focussed more on riding in the group; I was able to pass some riders in the breaking so I am happy with the setting I have. No stress, just wait for tomorrow and push again.”
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