SASAKI STORMS ONTO THE THIRD ROW IN MISANO QUALIFYING

2017-09-09 18:38
SIC Racing Team rider Ayumu Sasaki secured a solid 7th place finish today, launching his #71 machine onto the third row for tomorrow’s San Marino Grand Prix.

Experiencing tougher times, teammate Adam Norrodin struggled to find his rhythm, finishing the session in a disappointing 27th place.

Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager

“For Ayumu qualifying went very well today. He managed to pull everything together and do a very good job. He started to build his momentum and pace in FP3; we pushed him very hard to do a long run this morning, non-stop with decent times, which he did. I think this made it a lot easier for him to go into qualifying. He listened to us and did exactly what he needed to do today. It’s his and the team’s best qualifying position so far this year. The lap time is good and he is close to the front; his general race pace is strong too, so we’re feeling good ahead of the race tomorrow.

For Adam it has been a tough weekend from the first session on Friday. He has been fighting with the bike quite a bit and has lost some of his confidence. Every session we have been fixing things for him but then something else arises; we have to find out what the real problem is; whether it is the bike, Adam or a combination. We saw at Silverstone that he can fight from 25th to 12th so we have not given up. We need to work hard to help him regain his confidence for the race.”

#7 ADAM NORRODIN

“Our qualifying today is so disappointing and I’m very sorry for this. I have been struggling from the start here; I thought yesterday we were making progress but today I didn’t feel good at all. Both in myself and on the bike, there is something missing. I have lost some confidence and am finding it hard to turn things around at this track. I won’t give up though! I have to reset and come back stronger tomorrow. It’s going to be tough starting from so far back here but we have to prepare to fight! We know that it won’t be easy but I’ve fought my way through from the back before and I know I can do it again.”

#71 AYUMU SASAKI

“This morning the team suggested that I did a long run in FP3 and I think this was a very good plan. I was able to find a good rhythm and build my confidence back up. We finished the session with a strong time, so I felt really positive going into qualifying. We changed a few things before QP too and it all worked well; the bike felt great. I have to thank my team for this. Today was our best qualifying so far, so I’m happy. We start the race from the third row and we have the pace to go with the front group, so tomorrow I will try my best and push as hard as possible to be up the top end.”

Source: SIC Racing Team

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