2017-09-24 09:37
With a delayed start reducing the Moto3 race to just thirteen laps, SIC Racing Team rider Adam Norrodin pushed hard to claim the last point scoring position in 15th place. Crossing the line just behind in 16th, teammate Ayumu Sasaki relentlessly fought to hold onto the leading group, swapping positions throughout and finishing just 2.5 seconds behind first place.

Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager

“It was a hard race for both riders today. Adam started from 13th which wasn’t bad but unfortunately he dropped some positions in the first couple of laps. It looked hard for him to gain them back but he stayed with the first group and finished the race only 2.5 seconds from the win.
We need to get stronger in the races from Japan onwards; we must work to be at the front of the leading group instead of being at the back. Nevertheless I am happy that Adam was able to get one point today especially considering the big crash he had yesterday.
With Ayumu he started further back but he was fighting hard to come up into the points; he was also with the front group. A little bit similar to Adam; it was very hard for him to gain positions and keep them. He couldn’t progress far enough in the group and instead kept losing places. In the end he finished 16th. Ayumu is disappointed because he had a lot more hopes for today because he’s had a very good weekend overall here and was fast throughout all of the practice sessions.
Now we go overseas so we will work on this there and push to improve.”


“It’s good to come away with another point today but I’m not that happy with the race. We started 13th so we should have finished in a better position than this. After the big crash yesterday I lost a little confidence and during this morning’s warm up I felt very stiff on the bike. It was hard to get a good rhythm but still I really wanted a good result here.
I didn’t have a good start to the weekend so I tried to fight back from the beginning of today’s race, but what I did wasn’t enough. I really struggled with my rear tyre, so I just tried to manage this as best I could during the race. We were not so far away and I could see the leaders throughout. Our set-up wasn’t so bad, I think we were just missing a little something to make me more comfortable to fight.
For the next Grand Prix in Japan we have to work to improve more at the beginning of the race. We must push to finish in a better position than this. I want to go to my home Grand Prix in Malaysia strong and with good momentum.”


“All weekend we have been quite strong; I had a good setting so it was quite easy to get a good lap time. After making a mistake in qualifying and starting from 17th place on the grid we had the pace to follow the front group but it wasn’t enough to fight in the braking points. I struggled to outbreak the other riders and that was our weak point today; I think its half my fault and half because we need to set-up the bike to be able to fight during the race, not to just post quick lap times. We have learned a lot here in Aragon. The next race will be my home race in Japan, where it is also a hard braking track, so we have to improve that. Overall the weekend has been positive because we have been up at the front throughout the practice sessions; I hope to do the same again in Japan and add a better race result to this season.”

Source: SIC Racing Team

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