LE MANS - FREE PRACTICE2017-05-19 09:04
The opening day of the French Grand Prix saw SIC Racing Team rider Adam Norrodin top the timesheets after a superb performance in Free Practice one.
The eighteen year-old Malaysian exuded confidence from the start, lapping consistently quick times within the top ten for the majority of the morning session. Despite the tricky half and half conditions, Norrodin continued to improve, posting his fastest time on his last lap, claiming the top spot as the chequered flag came out.
With heavy rain clouds descending upon the French circuit for Free Practice Two, the wet conditions prevented Norrodin from further progress, when a small crash saw a premature end to his session.
Ayumu Sasaki concluded day one in 20th place but confident of further improvement ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying. The Moto3 rookie made a steady start in FP1, gradually building his pace and improving the set-up of his #71 Honda machine. Tackling the wet conditions with ease in FP2, the Moto3 rookie impressed as he held onto a top four position until the final ten minutes of practice.
#7 ADAM NORRODIN
“I’m feeling very motivated for this weekend. The practice this morning went really well, even though the conditions were not great. I knew I had to be up the top end from the start, so I just focussed my mind and pushed. It’s so important for the confidence to begin the weekend like this. We improved throughout and were in the front; I was very happy to end the practice in P1. For second practice we didn’t change anything with the bike but unfortunately when I went out I quickly realised it was too wet for the same set-up. I came back to the box to make some changes after six laps. When I returned on track the rain was not so bad and the grip felt more similar to FP1, so I immediately pushed hard; this was my mistake. The tyres were not warm enough and so in turn ten when I went for the throttle the bike just high-sided. It’s unfortunate because I couldn’t get back out for the rest of the practice. We still need to work a lot but we are feeling confident for tomorrow!”
#71 AYUMU SASAKI
“I’m relatively happy with today. The conditions were quite difficult this morning as it was both wet and dry on track but I still managed to find a good feeling with my bike. For second practice it was completely wet and we were able to find a good set-up for this. Until the last ten minutes we were consistently in the top four. We dropped down the order after changing to the new tyres; there was just not enough grip with the low temperature. It was a good day to test in the wet conditions though. I have confidence in the bike whether it is wet or dry tomorrow now, so I’m looking forward to the qualifying.”
Source: SIC Racing Team
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