NORRODIN AND SASAKI READY TO BATTLE AT MOTEGI2017-10-15 21:40
SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki will start tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix from the fifth and eighth row, after qualifying in 13th [Adam] and 24th [Ayumu] position today.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“Every session this weekend so far has been wet. We’ve had a few crashes with both riders testing their limits in the tricky conditions.
Adam had a tough but good qualifying; he worked hard to improve and at the end of the day finished thirteenth, which is a decent position for tomorrow’s race. I think he can fight hard here and has a strong possibility to do very well.
We were expecting more from Ayumu today, here at his home race and especially after a solid FP3 this morning. It’s disappointing but as it looks now it will continue raining tomorrow, so we just have to keep working and see if we can further improve in morning warm up. Then it’s down to Ayumu to push hard and do his best in the race.”
#7 ADAM NORRODIN
“This morning we made really good progress in FP3 and I was improving nearly every lap in the final minutes but then on my last lap I was pushing so hard I crashed. Nevertheless I went into qualifying feeling confident. We started really well and at one point I was fifth. We stayed in the top ten throughout the first half of the session. When I returned to the box we didn’t change anything with the bike, not even the tyres.
I made some good laps in the second half of qualifying but I also had some big moments on the bike, which held me back. In the end we finished P13 which is not such a disaster because we still have a chance to do well tomorrow. I’m a little disappointed because I know I could have done even better but anyway the race is what I have to focus on now; I’m ready to fight hard.
#71 AYUMU SASAKI
“In FP3 we found a really good setting and we finished the session twelfth.
In qualifying we made some further improvements again and the bike felt even better during my first outing. At this point I was riding in a group and going at their pace, so I struggled to really go and get into a good rhythm.
When I came back in we changed to new tyres. I had a good feeling with the bike but unfortunately this afternoon I made too many mistakes; I couldn’t put together one consistent lap. I’m disappointed with QP but we have found a good race pace here, so I know I can ride at the front, I just have to get myself up there and with the leaders as soon as possible; I have to be very strong on the first few laps!
The forecast for tomorrow is rain but I don’t mind because we have found a good wet setting for our bike. I have confidence for tomorrow.”
Source: SIC Racing Team
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