NORRODIN AND SASAKI DETERMINED TO FIGHT BACK IN BRITAIN2017-08-26 10:43
Following a nail biting Moto3 qualifying, Saturday at Silverstone saw SIC Racing Team riders Ayumu Sasaki and Adam Norrodin qualify in 19th and 25th place respectively.
Lining up on rows seven [Sasaki] and nine [Norrodin], the SIC Racing Team duo are hungrier than ever to fight their way back through the field and into the points at tomorrow’s British Grand Prix.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“It was not the qualifying we were looking for today. Ayumu has shown good pace and been strong from the start of the weekend; also during the qualifying he was in a very good position for the majority of the session – never outside of the top ten really. To drop back in the final four minutes is of course disappointing, but I know he will be fighting with the front guys tomorrow because you can see he is very confident here and that the bike is working well.
For Adam it has been more difficult for him this weekend but he has the ability to change this in the race if he just believes himself more like we do. It will be hard for him starting from where he is now, but we will continue to encourage him and push for tomorrow, so let’s see what we can do.”
#7 ADAM NORRODIN
“Qualifying today was very disappointing to finish so far back. I feel like this weekend I don’t have so much speed and I’m struggling to find a way to fix this. I feel like I always need someone to pull me along here, which I haven’t had for the last few rounds where I could find the speed myself. It’s very frustrating but I have to be really strong for tomorrow. The lap times are still close so there is still a chance to be fighting at the front; I will really have to push hard for the first few laps and battle my way through to make a good position.”
#71 AYUMU SASAKI
“I’ve had a good feeling since FP1 and Silverstone is one of my best tracks, so I really want to do well here. The bike has felt good all weekend, so from the beginning of qualifying I tried to make a fast lap time, as it’s always so difficult to improve at the end. Unfortunately I couldn’t make the lap time I was aiming for, so I tried to push as much as possible in the final minutes. The problem was that we could only make one flying lap as we couldn’t go out until the last three minutes. It’s such a big wide track here so slipstream is very important. On my last lap I was able to pass four riders but we couldn’t make a good qualifying time. I’m a little bit disappointed but I know we have the pace to do well in the race; we have the speed and we are strong in the braking, which is a big step in the right direction for us. The first two laps are going to be so important tomorrow; this will be my focus.”
Source: SIC Racing Team
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