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Monday, April 10, 2017
Tough Times For Norrodin And Sasaki In Argentina Grand Prix
Sunday 9th April
Termas de Río Hondo
Length: 4.8 km
Moto3 Argentina Grand Prix saw the SIC Racing Team riders endure a tough 21 lap
battle to cross the finish line in 17th [Adam] and 20th [Ayumu] place.
from 21st position on the grid, Adam Norrodin
made an immediate attack, gaining five places by the end of lap two. Determined
to fight in the leading group, the Malaysian rider worked hard to hold onto the
pack ahead but with tyre choice coming into play midway through the race, was
unable to maintain his initial pace. Norrodin relentlessly pushed to regain
positions, but with limited grip in the rear, the 18-year-old struggled to gain
any further positions, concluding today’s Grand Prix just outside the points.
make the start he had hoped for, Ayumu Sasaki faced a difficult task at hand to
work his way up from 25th position. Pushing
to fight his way through the field, the 16-year-old rookie found himself caught
in a five rider battle for 20th place. Dicing throughout, Sasaki fought hard to hold onto the
top spot in his group, battling to the line and finishing his first ever race
at the South American circuit.
Stigefelt – Team Manager
“It’s been a
tough weekend from the beginning, so we’ve been playing catch up from the
start. Unfortunately this reflected in the race today.
Adam made a
good start and was not far off from the front group but unfortunately after
that he struggled with grip and couldn’t hold onto the riders in front. We can
see clearly that he had a problem, so it’s a real shame for him because we know
he had the pace.
For Ayumu it
was hard for him because we’ve been struggling with his set-up all weekend and
then qualifying so far back made it very difficult. He didn’t make a very good start
and ended up fighting with the slower riders. If he had qualified better for
sure he could have made it into the top ten as he said his bike set-up felt
very good in the race.
We have to
learn from this race and do more of what we did in Qatar.”
“We had a
chance to get more points again today, so I’m disappointed with my result. The
race started well and we immediately gained some positions; the bike felt good
and I was able to catch the back of the leading group. For the first seven or
eight laps I had the pace to stay with them but then after that my tyre rapidly
dropped and I started to go back. I really tried to keep with the group but it
was really difficult and I kept losing the rear; then I lost the tow
completely. We will get points again in America.”
“We’ve struggled all weekend here and starting from the back of
the grid was always going to be hard. Unfortunately I didn’t make the best
start and so within the first three laps I lost the front group. I’m
disappointed because the bike set-up felt really good in the race and I had
good pace, so it’s a shame I was only fighting at the back. I hope to improve a
lot in Texas.”
-SIC Racing Team. PelanconganKini supports SIC Racing Team.