Norrodin gets wet and dry experience at Phillip Island2019-10-27 04:22
A day of mixed conditions at Phillip Island has helped PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Moto2 rider Adam Norrodin to improve his confidence on both a wet and dry track as he prepares for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix. Ending the day in 31st, he was able to maintain his target of closing down the gap to the leaders between sessions as the weather changed at the seaside circuit.
Finishing FP1 in the rain with a lap time of 1min 52.116secs to end up 6.293secs from the fastest man, it means Norrodin scored one of his best practice performances to date in 27th as he continues to stand in for the injured Khairul Idham Pawi. Seeing out the day P31 overall with a time of 1min 37.224secs around the 4.4km track, he was able to take two seconds off the gap to the front in the dry FP2 session.
Moto2 track action at the Australian GP continues tomorrow with practice at 0955 local time (0655 Malaysian time) and qualifying at 1330 (1030 Malaysian time), ahead of Sunday’s 25-lap race.
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“It was a strange day, with FP1 completely wet and FP2 completely dry, but now I’m starting to feel more and more confidence in both conditions. It’s taking some time to understand how to ride the bike in the rain, but I’m getting there. At the start of FP2 I didn’t feel so bad in the dry, but riding alone it took me quite a while to adapt to the bike and adapt to the correct lines. As well as learning the bike we also needed to prepare for the race and try to decide which tyre to use, which meant it wasn’t a very enjoyable day on the bike but one where we learned a lot.”
Moto2 Practice Results - Australian Grand Prix
POS. RIDER NUM TEAM TIME
1 Jorge Martin 88 Red Bull KTM Ajo 1'33.010
2 Brad Binder 41 Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.343
3 Jorge Navarro 9 Beta Tools Speed Up +0.395
4 Iker Lecuona 27 monday.com American Racing +0.464
5 Marco Bezzecchi 72 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 +0.471
Source: SIC Racing Team
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