PHILIP ISLAND - MOTO3 RACE2018-10-28 23:47
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki concluded today’s Australian Grand Prix in 7th and 10th place respectively.
The nail-biting twenty-three lap race saw an action-packed battle throughout, with positions continuously changing, as the Moto3 field diced for the top spot.
Johan Stigefelt - Team Manager
“It was a very nerve-wracking race from the start today; I think one of the hardest I’ve ever watched. Ayumu made a great race – the whole way through he was strong and fought at the front, leading the race on a few occasions – for me he was one of the strongest riders out there today. Unfortunately on the last lap, going onto the straight, Jorge Martin rolled and Ayumu followed, which meant that he lost all the speed coming out of the straight and then lost many positions into the first corner. It’s a real shame that it ended this way for him. Adam was a bit surprised in the end because when everybody rolled, he had an opportunity to catch the group and he took it – he finished seventh which is great for him today. Top ten for both riders is good but again we expected more after qualifying on the front row, but this is racing. You have to learn from your mistakes and move on.”
#7 ADAM NORRODIN - P7
“The race today was really crazy; you could see how hard everyone was pushing. There was a huge group and everyone was just going for the win. I saw many big crashes. I had a good start to the race and gained positions but then I couldn’t fight – there was something missing. Of course, I’m pleased to finish in the top ten and get some more points but its not because I was strong in this race. The race itself was very difficult for me, so I hope to come back fighting at my home Grand Prix next week.”
#71 AYUMU SASAKI - P10
“Overall it was a really good race; the bike was almost perfect and I felt good out there. There was a bit more wind than in morning warm up but the bike was working really well and I could stay in the front group from the beginning. The first few laps I tried to save the tyre, so I dropped back to around tenth place, but I knew that I could come back on the straight slip-streaming. In the last eight laps I had no idea what was going to happen; there were many people touching each other – it was a big fight. I tried to stay in the front until the last two laps. Going into the last lap, I knew that if I was at the front everybody would pass me on the straight. When Martin closed the gas, I did also, but then going into the first corner around fourteen riders passed me and I knew that I’d made a big mistake. I tired to come back after that but I couldn’t do any better than 10th place. I’m disappointed because we could have been on the podium today – this is one of those times where you have to learn from your mistakes. I want to say a big thanks to the team, they have worked so hard and the bike was brilliant - I will try to repay them at our teams home race in Malaysia next week.”
Source: SIC Racing Team
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