Jerez, Spain – Saturday 6th May 2016
Circuit: Circuito de Jerez, Spain
Circuit Length: 4.4 km
Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
QP: P19; 1’47.329 – 13 laps
Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
QP: P15; 1’47.061 – 12 laps
With the Spanish sun beaming down on the Circuito de Jerez today, the SIC Racing Team duo worked hard to make the most of the warmer conditions, concluding Moto3 qualifying in 15th [Ayumu] and 19th [Adam] position.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“Qualifying today was very tight, as we had expected it would be here. We had some small issues on the last run for both riders with grip; we have to analyse this, but it looks like the temperature increased quite a lot towards the end of the session, effecting rear grip.
Nevertheless we showed that we can be competitive. With the exception of Martin, the times are very close throughout the rest of the field.
Tomorrow we will try something different during the Warm Up to see if we can make another step, but overall I’m happy with the progress we have made today. With a good start I know both Adam and Ayumu can do well here.”
#7 Adam Norrodin
“This morning in FP3 we were quite far away; I had some small issues with the set up and couldn’t get up to speed. Before qualifying we made some changes and the bike felt a lot better but as the temperature increased I started to really struggle for grip. We reduced the tyre pressure a little and in the middle of the session it was working quite well, I was just losing a little time in the breaking and high speed corners. We were in P13 towards the end but I wanted to be top ten. We made some more small changes but by this point the track temperature was too high and I almost crashed several times from a high-side; I just kept losing the rear. I’m disappointed I couldn’t improve any further but whatever happens, in tomorrow’s race we must push really hard and come back with points.”
#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“Due to the mixed weather conditions yesterday and little reference in hot conditions here to work from, it was difficult to find the best setting in FP3 this morning. We worked hard on this and by the end of the practice we had made a good step and were happy with what we had found. I finished the practice in 17th place, but for qualifying my expectation was to be in the top ten. To finish in the top fifteen is not so bad, as I know we can still improve the lap time. I have a much better feeling with my bike now, so I’m confident that tomorrow’s results will be better. I have my target for here and I’m going to push hard for it.”