Barcelona – Catalunya, Spain – Saturday 10th June
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Circuit Length: 4.65 km
Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
QP: P30; 1’55.625 – 12 laps
Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
QP: P19; 1’54.899 – 12 laps
SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki will line up on rows seven [Ayumu] and ten [Adam] for tomorrows Catalan Grand Prix.
Ayumu Sasaki made a strong start to today’s qualifying, positioning himself within the top five for the first half of the session. With ten minutes to go the Moto3 rookie held onto a solid 11th place and was looking on form for a top ten qualifier but with just one lap left to improve, was unable to better his pace and dropped down the order into 19th position.
Adam Norrodin experienced another tough day at the office as he struggled to put a consistently quick lap together. In the final minutes, with the pressure mounted on the young Malaysians shoulders, Norrodin made two small mistakes, costing him both time and positions.
The SIC Racing Team duo remain focussed and determined to turn the tables in tomorrow’s 22 lap race.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“Qualifying was going very well until the final minutes! Ayumu was within the top ten for most of the session, it was only during the last lap that he couldn’t improve, unfortunately many other riders did, and so we ended up in 19th. It’s disappointing because when you are up there for most of the session, you expect to improve further at the end. Nevertheless we have seen we have good pace with Ayumu and the bike is working well and this we have to carry into the race, stay positive and do like we did in Mugello. The aim for Ayumu is simple; make a strong start and run in a good group.
For Adam it was a very difficult qualifying for him. He has struggled here from the start and we really need to work out why we don’t have the pace again. The bike is working but he can’t push as much as he’d like to. He did improve on the last lap but unfortunately his lap time was cancelled as he exceeded the track limit. His previous lap was poor and that’s why he has ended up in a bad position. It’s not going to be easy tomorrow but again it’s the end result that counts. He needs to really think about what he is going to do and be aggressive and work hard in the race.”
#7 Adam Norrodin
“My feeling in qualifying was quite good; we made a big change after FP3, which felt a lot better. In the first outing I had already improved my time from practice, so at this point I was confident that I could continue to better my pace throughout the qualifying. Unfortunately in the last outing I made a mistake; I broke too much in the first corner and ran wide. Then as I was improving in sectors three and four during the last lap, I ran wide, so my lap time was cancelled. These mistakes cost us a lot of positions; I’m disappointed and sorry to team for this. Tomorrow will be hard work but I have to try; I have to do better in the race. I came here to score points and that is exactly what I must do. We are race ready.”
#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“We found a good setting in FP3 and for most of the qualifying I was in the top five. The lap times were not great but the position was. The bike was working very well and I felt good. We were P11 with ten minutes to go but I knew that I would have to improve again otherwise other riders would pass me at the end. In the last outing I couldn’t find the right group to ride with and we missed our chance to improve. We qualified 20th but there is one penalty so we will start from 19th tomorrow. Like in Mugello, the bike is strong and I feel ready to fight. I will try to pass as many riders as possible in the first lap then I will push to stay with the front group. Tomorrow is what counts.”