2018-08-12 11:19
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider Ayumu Sasaki secured a sensational 7th place finish in today’s Austrian Grand Prix, with team mate Adam Norrodin crossing the line in 17th.

The Japanese rider showed strong form from the off, immediately gaining positions from his 18th place start. Posting his fastest time of the weekend during the twenty-three lap race, Sasaki relentlessy fought his way through the field. Having battled his way up to tenth position, the seventeen-year-old made a final push to the line, claiming three more positions at the chequered flag.

Starting from tenth place on the grid, Adam Norrodin experienced a tougher experience at the Austrian circuit. Despite his best efforts to hold onto his starting position, Norrodin struggled to maintain his pace, causing him to drop down the field and out of the points.

Johan Stigefelt - Team Manager

“Both Adam and Ayumu made a good start today; we knew it would be tough here because the KTM’s at this moment are pretty fast and this track has a lot of acceleration points.
Ayumu took a lot of positions and was consistently fast; this could be one of his best races so far because he was fighting the whole way through - I’m very happy for this. In the end he finished seventh after starting eighteenth and this is great! Adam didn’t have as good of a race; he was dropping back throughout and after the race he said he struggled with engine power, so we need to look at this and find out what’s wrong.
I’m really happy for Ayumu; he needed a good result and its great going forward into the next few races.”


“I’m really disappointed with what happened today; I was really looking forward to the race, even though I struggled during morning Warm Up. I felt confident that I could have a better race this weekend. During practice and qualifying I have felt pretty good on the bike, so I definitely expected more today. From the start of the race I could see that I was struggling to make a lap time; I had the same pace that I did during morning Warm Up and I couldn’t do more. I would catch riders in the braking but then on the exit, they would pull away so much. The gap was just too far to fight back. When the tyre dropped I struggled even more; I nearly crashed so many times. In the end I finished further back from where I started, so I’m not happy about this. I gave everything I could today, so we really need to go away and study the data to find out what went wrong.”

“This weekend has been quite difficult, so I’m really happy to come away with this result today.
I felt very focussed from Warm Up this morning; we decided to make some changes to improve the braking during the session, so we changed the front set-up. It was really hard in the front of the bike but it worked so well in the race; the braking was perfect and I could pass many people. In the end we finished seventh; I think this could be my best race since joining Moto3. I fought the whole time and had many good battles. The pace was good too, so I feel very happy. The next race is the Home GP for most of my crew, so I want to do even better for them there.”

Source: SIC Racing Team

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