Saturday, April 22, 2017

Productive Day One For Sasaki; Norrodin Motivated To Step Up At Austin - SIC Racing Team

Austin, Texas – Friday 21st April
Circuit: Circuit of The Americas
Circuit Length: 5.5 km
Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
FP1: P24; 2’20.807 – 14 laps
FP2: P21; 2’18.869 –13 laps
Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
FP1: P20; 2’20.222 – 14 laps
FP2: P12; 2’18.477 – 12 laps

Day one in Texas saw SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki complete a productive day of testing settings and fine tuning their Honda machinery, concluding practice in 12th [Ayumu] and 21st [Adam] position.
Taking to the track for the very first time, Ayumu Sasaki made an impressive start to proceedings, immediately posting times within the top twenty. 

Continuing to build his momentum around the circuit renowned for being tough on rookies, 16-year-old Sasaki showed strong form and solid determination, completing day one just outside of the top ten in 12th place.

Experiencing a tougher start to the opening day of the Americas GP, Adam Norrodin struggled to hold his focus around the technical circuit, hampering both his rhythm and time. Following an improved FP2 and happy with the set-up of his #7 bike, Norrodin is determined to come back fighting ahead of tomorrow’s Moto3 qualifying.

#7 Adam Norrodin
“This track is not so easy to adapt to. If you get anything wrong here it instantly destroys your rhythm for the rest of the lap and you lose so much time! From the very first session I was not feeling very confident; I tried to push through but it wasn’t enough and we ended up quite far off the pace. In second practice we made quite a big change with the bike and I felt a lot better, so I’m confident we can make a big step for qualifying. I wasted too much time today and was not at my best, so now I must learn from this and come back stronger tomorrow.”

#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“We changed quite a lot on the bike since Argentina because we struggled a lot there and we found a good set up in the end. For FP2 we made another change but unfortunately this didn’t work, so we had to go back to our settings used in first practice. The bike felt very good and we were able to make some fast lap times. We are still too far off from the quickest time, but we are heading in the right direction. We have gathered a lot of data to learn from today, so I’m pleased we can use this and have another opportunity to improve tomorrow.”

-SIC Racing Team.
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