NORRODIN AND SASAKI ON THE PACE AND READY TO RACE IN AUSTRIA2017-08-12 07:57
Saturday in Austria delivered one of the closest Moto3 qualifying sessions of the year, with the top twenty two riders separated by less than one second.
Qualifying just 0.6 tenths off pole SIC Racing Team rider Adam Norrodin secured 15th place for tomorrows Austrian Grand Prix, with teammate Ayumu Sasaki close behind in 18th.
Lapping consistently quick throughout the forty minute session, both Norrodin and Sasaki head into race day confident and ready to advance from their starting positions, in what is set to be twenty three laps of action packed racing at the Red Bull Ring.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“The boys did a good job this morning in FP3, so we knew that they had the pace to be up there in QP but the margins are very small here; we knew it would be a tight qualifying. When it’s so close like this you know you have to get a perfect lap but unfortunately this didn’t happen for Ayumu and Adam today; both got caught up in traffic on their last run and weren’t able to take advantage of a slipstream to gain that little bit extra needed to qualify them higher up the time-sheets. They were both more than capable of it, it was just unlucky.
Tomorrow will be a very tough and tight race but we remain confident. Both riders have the pace.
We are starting mid-pack but we know that they can fight hard from there.
I’m very happy with the progress the team has made so far this weekend and I hope that this shows in our results tomorrow.”
#7 ADAM NORRODIN
“For me this track and this year I feel something new; I feel so much more confident and am really happy with the way the bike is working.
FP3 was really good for us and we finished in the top five, so for qualifying I had high expectations. My aim was top ten minimum, so it’s a little disappointing we couldn’t reach this today but regardless we can still make a good race tomorrow.
In the beginning we were already up there; lost a few positions midway and then gained them back again. For the last run we put the new tyres in and I was ready to push my hardest but it was very difficult to find a good place on track. There were many riders together. On my last lap I had a better position and I really thought I was going to improve a lot but unfortunately I made a big mistake. In the fourth corner I couldn’t stop the bike enough and ended up shifting to first gear and making the bike really unstable; this lost us all the time. It’s a shame but it’s not a disaster because this weekend we have been strong throughout and I’m feeling very positive about the race. I can make a good start from P15 and from there I know I have the speed to fight up the front.”
#71 AYUMU SASAKI
“We made good progress in FP3 this morning. The end position was not so great but we made a big step forward with our set-up and my feeling on the bike. This was a positive start to the day. In qualifying we gave it our maximum but unfortunately we didn’t get the result we had hoped for. I got caught up in a lot of traffic on track and at one point I hit another rider. We were all bunched up together, so I couldn’t get a clear enough line to make a better time. Nevertheless my ideal was good and we have shown that we have the pace to follow the front group. We are starting from quite for back on the grid so I will really have to focus my efforts on the first two laps, to make a good start and go with the leaders, then I can fight from there.”
Source: SIC Racing Team
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