NORRODIN AND SASAKI READY TO FIGHT BACK AT MUGELLO

Mugello, Italy – Saturday 3rd July

Circuit: Autodromo del Mugello
Circuit Length: 5.2 km

Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
QP: P23; 1’58.928 – 14 laps

Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
QP: P25; 1’59.042 – 11 laps

SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki will line up on the eighth and ninth row for the start of tomorrow’s Moto3 Italian Grand Prix.

Despite qualifying in 23rd [Adam] and 25th [Ayumu] place, Norrodin and Sasaki remain positive and determined to make amends, as they prepare to fight their way into a point scoring position.

Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager

“Today we expected more from our riders. It hasn’t been an easy weekend from the start but we have seen that both Adam and Ayumu can do better here than what they have shown today. Unfortunately both of them made some mistakes on their fastest laps. We were really targeting the top fifteen so it is disappointing, but now we have to move forward and concentrate on the race. The first couple of laps will be very important tomorrow. They have to make a strong start and go with the leading group, then anything can happen.”

#7 Adam Norrodin

“Our qualifying position is not good. We will start the race from quite far back, so I will have a lot of work to do but still I am confident I can do better tomorrow. The bike is working very well and we have continued to improve our lap time every session, it just wasn’t enough today. I let my team down; I needed to push more. It was a difficult session to find a good rhythm because so many riders were waiting for each other. For sure there will be a big group in the race tomorrow so I just have to give it everything I can. We have to fight and push hard.”

#71 Ayumu Sasaki

“Today’s qualifying was very difficult. In the first outing we tried to find a good group to make a strong lap time but everyone was waiting, so I couldn’t do it. The bike felt really good so I just kept calm and went back out. Unfortunately I had the same problem again and couldn’t find the best place to ride. I wasn’t able to find my rhythm today and I was off the pace. I’m very disappointed and sorry to the team. Out of the five races we’ve had, the bike felt the best it ever has here today and I didn’t use this to my advantage; I have no one to blame but myself.

The bike is very strong under hard braking and the set-up is very good, so we have the potential to do very well. I will keep my head down and focus on the race tomorrow. I’m ready to fight.”

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