THAILAND - MOTO3 RACE2018-10-07 10:20
Chang International Circuit, Thailand – Sunday 7th October
Circuit: Chang International Circuit
Circuit Length: 4.6 km
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider Ayumu Sasaki made a solid comeback at this weekend Thai Grand Prix, displaying top form from day one.
Starting the twenty-two lap race from 11th place, Sasaki immediately launched himself into the podium battle. Never dropping outside of fifth position, the Japanese rider exuded confidence as he relentlessly fought to stay in the top three. Leading the Moto3 race with eight laps to go, Sasaki’s handle bar was clipped by a fellow rider as he attempted to pass him. The unfortunate incident caused the 18-year-old to loose the front of his Honda NSF250RW machine and crash out of the Grand Prix.
Teammate Adam Norrodin experienced a tough fight from the back of the grid, after qualifying in twenty-second place. Following a crash in morning Warm Up, Norrodin struggled to regain his confidence. Despite his rhythm being hindered as the race began, the Malaysian rider continued to push to redeem himself. Never giving up, Norrodin began to lap the same time as the leaders and battle his way back to take a point scoring 15th place at the chequered flag.
Johan Stigefelt - Team Manager
“We’ve had a really good weekend here with Ayumu and Adam was also strong at the beginning. We knew that we could make a good race here today but we also knew there was a risk because all the riders were quite even here. The strategy with Ayumu was to always try and stay at the front and not drop back more than P5 and that’s exactly what he did. He looked so strong out there today; he was fighting hard and made a very good race. What happened wasn’t his fault; he was leading the race and then another rider touched his handle and he crashed. It’s very hard to take in but it’s racing and I’m just so sorry for him. Anyway Ayumu is going from strength to strength and he will come back fighting. Adam had a tougher race; he was a little unfocused and stiff on the bike at the beginning but then he came better and better as the race progressed. It was good to see him fight back and finish in the points.”
#7 ADAM NORRODIN - P15
“It’s been a really tough weekend for me; I have crashed three times – I think the most ever in one GP. We started really well on the first day and I was feeling good but then on Saturday I just couldn’t push to my limit anymore. I crashed this morning during Warm Up and this really effected my confidence for the race. I lost my rhythm completely and so I dropped back from the start of the race. As it progressed I came back and started to gain positions again but at this point it was just too late. To get some points here after how this weekend has gone, I’m pleased. Now I just want to forget this weekend and focus for Motegi.”
#71 AYUMU SASAKI - DNF
“I’ve felt good all weekend and I felt strong in the race. I had the pace to be at the front but I was also trying to save the tyre. Whenever I dropped back to fifth or sixth I pushed straight away to come back; I wanted to stay in the top three because I knew it would be dangerous in the big group. With eight laps to go, one rider passed me and hit my handle bar and I crashed out. I’m really disappointed because we were strong today. The whole race I was thinking about the last lap and where to pass; I knew we needed a podium but all I wanted was to take the win. Anyway we are coming better and better every race; even with my hand being a bit soar. The team have done a great job and I have to say thanks to my trainer too for coming here this weekend. We are in a good place and I am ready to come back fighting for my home Grand Prix.”
Source: SIC Racing Team
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