Circuit: TT Circuit Assen
Circuit Length: 4.5 km
Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
QP: P11; 2’01.004 – 16 laps
Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
QP: P22; 2’01.658 – 13 laps
SIC Racing Team rider Adam Norrodin overcame set-up issues and tricky track conditions to achieve an impressive 11th place in today’s Dutch Grand Prix qualifying.
Teammate Ayumu Sasaki also experienced a difficult afternoon at Assen crashing twice in Moto3 QP, before concluding the session in 22nd place for tomorrow’s twenty two lap race.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“Yesterday we had a very good day and this morning FP3 was also very positive; both riders did well in the wet. For qualifying conditions were a lot more difficult; it started wet and then began to dry up. Unfortunately Adam and Ayumu lacked in confidence to push hard at the beginning of the session.
Adam did a very good job in the end. He saw on the last lap that his positon was not very good and he acted on this. He knew he had to push for the top fifteen and that’s exactly what he did. Credit to him for today because the bike was not perfect, which we could all see; he took the risk and he was rewarded with 11th place, so we are happy with this.
Ayumu had two crashes in qualifying today. He was on a fast lap the second time he crashed so we know he was pushing hard; it’s a shame for him. We know he is very fast in the dry and it looks as though it will be dry for the race, so this is the main thing. We just need to push and dig deep for tomorrow.”
#7 Adam Norrodin
“It was raining heavily this morning, so all of FP3 was wet but overall we had a good session. We made a good lap time at the very beginning and I felt happy with the set-up. In the end we had a small crash but we knew why, so it was okay.
From the very start of qualifying I couldn’t feel any grip and I immediately lost my confidence. On the out lap I almost high-sided, so I knew something wasn’t right. I came back to the box and we made some changes but again I struggled for grip. I made my lap and it was far away from the pace, so I returned to the box again. My crew made a big step with the bike but still it didn’t help; the conditions were just too tricky. This track is something special; conditions can change so quickly here. From what started fully wet, very quickly began to dry and this is what made qualifying incredibly difficult today.
I struggled to push hard the whole session but then when it came down the final lap and I still hadn’t improved, I knew I had to just grit my teeth and take a risk; I had just one chance left and it came down to everything or nothing! I pushed to my limit and the bike was moving around so much; my heart was racing. Another rider crashed just in front of me too, so it was a very difficult lap.
I’m pleased to come away with 11th place. This is the positive from today; now we can focus on tomorrow and making a good race.”
#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“Today was a very difficult qualifying due to the weather conditions. It was wet from the start but we found some good base settings this morning in FP3. In qualifying I tried to focus on finding my rhythm but eight laps in I crashed. My mechanics fixed my bike really quickly and got me back out for the last eight minutes. On the second lap I could see on my board that I had improved by one second in sector one and two, so I knew I had to push because I was still in twentieth place. With my ideal time today I would have been twelfth but unfortunately I crashed again and we finished 22nd; I’m sorry to my team for this. Tomorrow it looks as though the weather will be better so I am trying not to dwell too much on our qualifying and instead focus now on the race. I’m very confident with my dry set-up; I know I can fight for a good position if the rain stays away, so we will see. I want to improve on my starting position and finish in the top ten tomorrow.”