BRNO - FREE PRACTICE2017-08-04 11:07
Returning to the track for the long awaited Czech Grand Prix, SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki resumed proceedings in strong form.
Despite heavy rain showers descending upon Brno, it was straight to business for Moto3 rookie Ayumu Sasaki. Staying out for the entire forty minute session, the 16-year-old Japanese rider showed renewed focus and determination, as he persistently improved his time until concluding the opening session in a solid 12th place. Continuing to work on finding his rhythm Sasaki continuously chipped away at his lap time, ending the opening day in 16th overall.
Adam Norrodin made an impressive return to the on-track action, tearing his way up the timesheets.
Using first practice to familiarise himself with the Czech circuit, Norrodin gradually built his feeling on the #7 Honda machine.
Happy with his set-up used in FP1, the 19-year-old wasted no time getting back to work and up to speed in Free Practice Two. Exuding confidence Norrodin looked strong and determined as he stormed his way through the top ten and into second place, before just being pipped to 3rd in the final moments.
#7 ADAM NORRODIN
“Firstly I want to say thank you to everyone because I was very happy to get back on my bike again today. One month away has been a long time and I’ve really missed riding. As always my team did a great job and I had a really good feeling on my bike from the start. I took it steady in FP1 because of the rain; I just didn’t want to crash why I got to grips with the track again. From the beginning of FP2 we pushed hard because we know there is a possibility for more rain this weekend. I immediately found a good rhythm, so we didn’t change anything with the bike. Conditions started to dry towards the end but I just continued to push for a good lap time. I wanted to get a good reference for my feeling on the bike and end the session strong. I’m happy to have finished in the top three today; it’s good for the confidence. Tomorrow we have to continue working and trying to progress more.”
#71 AYUMU SASAKI
“In first practice it was fully wet, so I just used this session to reacquaint myself with the track again. I tried to ride a lot and I had a good feeling with the bike in the rain conditions, so I just stayed out and worked on finding my rhythm. In the end we finished FP1 in 12th place, which was good.
In second practice, in the last twenty minutes the track started to dry. When I returned to the pit we decided to change to new wet tyres but with a dry set-up, however we didn’t have much time left on track so I only had two laps to ride in the end. We could have been better with some more time but still we finished 16th and I have a good feeling with the bike. The weather forecast says tomorrow it will be dry, so let’s see!”
Source: SIC Racing Team
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