QATAR TEST - DAY TWO2017-03-18 15:53
Back in action SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki completed a full workload at the Losail International Circuit today, concluding proceedings in 22nd and 7th place respectively on the combined time sheets.
With rain cancelling track activities yesterday, Sasaki and Norrodin were eager to make up for lost time. Getting straight to work under the floodlights, the SIC Racing Team duo focussed on reacquainting themselves with the track and finding their optimal set-up using the new 2017 fairing for the first time.
Along with a new engine in each of their Honda NSF250RW machines, Ayumu and Adam worked through a thorough list of objectives, testing numerous settings and building speed along the way.
With one more test day scheduled, the SIC Racing Team will be looking to continue their progress and productivity tomorrow, before the opening round gets underway in just six days’ time at the same circuit.
#7 ADAM NORRODIN
“We’ve tested a lot today; new front forks, new fairing, new engine! We went straight out in the first session; it was not easy but it went quite well and we weren’t far off the pace. It took me a bit of time to get used to the new fairing and find my rhythm, but by the end I felt good on the bike.
In second practice we focussed on doing a long run on used tyres to see how they performed. From the beginning we were up to speed and on the second last lap I made my best time, so I was very happy with how this session went.
In the final practice we went to push for a better lap time but it didn’t go to plan; I had a couple of small issues, so I decided to return to the box as I didn’t want to risk a crash.
We’ve had a very busy day and worked through a lot; I’m pleased with how it’s gone. Hopefully if the weather stays dry we can really push for better times tomorrow.”
#71 AYUMU SASAKI
“The first day it rained so we couldn’t ride but luckily the weather was good today, so we were able to get testing our new parts. We had a lot to work through.
For the first session I just focussed on familiarising myself with the track again and finding my rhythm.
In second practice we found a good setting and I was really able to get dialled in. The bike felt good and I set my best time of the day.
By the final session the track temperature had dropped quite a lot so there wasn’t as much grip and we couldn’t improve any further.
Overall though it was a very positive day, so I hope that we can push more tomorrow.”
Source: SIC Racing Team
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