PETRONAS Sprinta Racing concluded their 2018 pre-season testing at Circuito de Jerez today.
With poor weather conditions reducing dry track time to just three sessions over the three day test, riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki put aside lap times to focus their attentions on fine-tuning the set-up of their Honda NSF250RW machines.
Adam Norrodin made a steady start to proceedings as he worked on suspension settings and engine braking. Satisfied with the final set-up of his #7 bike, the Malaysian rider leaves Jerez with renewed confidence ahead of next week’s opening round in Qatar.
With a new engine in the #71 machine, engine braking was a focal point to the test for Sasaki and his crew. Despite limited track time and encountering some technical issues on day one, the 17-year-old was still able to conclude the test with his fastest ever time around the Spanish Circuit. The 1m46.9s lap time also secured the Japanese rider a respectable 12th place overall in the combined times.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“The test here has been quite interesting; we received a new engine and some new parts from Honda, so that took us a little time to dial in. On the first day it was quite difficult because of the weather but luckily it was better on day two, which gave us the time we needed to work on the engine braking. We were able to do a few good runs after and then turn our attention to the chassis.
In general we are leaving Jerez with a good package for both riders. Of course we would have liked to have a bit more track time to try other things but nevertheless we had a good test in Malaysia and we know what direction we are heading. Now we are ready for Qatar. We are happy with our pre-season. Both riders know what they have to do and we’re excited to get started. We will push hard.”
#7 ADAM NORRODIN
“The test here at Jerez has not been so exciting because we’ve not had a lot of track time due to the weather. The second day [Wednesday] was the driest, so we got the most done then. We were able to test quite a few things and by the end of the day the bike was working well. Unfortunately, the lap time that I wanted was not there; I’m disappointed about this but still I feel happy about how the bike is working, this is the most important thing. We have found what we needed here with our set-up. Now its up to me to focus on the first day in Qatar and get up to speed in practice. I’m positive we can do this; I feel confident about going to Qatar. I know we can be more competitive this year.”
#71 AYUMU SASAKI
“We’ve had three days of testing here in Jerez but unfortunately we haven’t been able to do as much as we wanted due to the weather. The first day we only had one practice that was dry; the second day we managed to get two dry sessions and then today for the last day, it’s raining again.
It’s disappointing because we had such a good test at Sepang and we came here excited to work. Nevertheless, we have done the best that we can in this situation.
We put in a new engine here and although we struggled a bit the first day we were able to work through our problems and come back strong yesterday. I felt good on Wednesday; the bike was working really well and we made good lap times even though we hadn’t had so much track time; this makes me feel positive about going to Qatar next week. I feel we are ready to start the season and ready to fight from the first race.”