Sachsenring, Germany – Saturday 1st July
Circuit: Sachsenring Circuit
Circuit Length: 3.7 km
Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
QP: P14; 1’27.515 – 17 laps
Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
QP: P21; 1’27.781 – 17 lap
SIC Racing Team rider Adam Norrodin secured a fifth row start, claiming a solid 14th place in today’s chaotic Moto3 qualifying.
Teammate Ayumu Sasaki pushed hard to improve his time from practice, qualifying in 21st position for tomorrow’s twenty-seven lap German Grand Prix.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“Conditions before qualifying made it look like it could start raining quite heavily, so we knew we had to go out quickly with the other riders. To be honest we were not really quick from the off and both riders struggled to find a good way during the first run. When Adam returned on track he immediately improved his lap time and was in a decent position. For Ayumu it was more difficult. With ten minutes remaining it started to rain, so we thought that that was it, but thankfully we were able to get another two laps in the dry at the very end.
Adam pushed hard on the last lap and qualified 14th, which we’re happy with because we know that from there he can fight in tomorrow’s race.
Ayumu’s result was quite disappointing as we had higher expectations for him. Nevertheless we know he can do well in the race. If he makes a strong start and goes with the front group he will be competitive.
The times are very close here, so let’s see how we get on in morning warm up and what the weather does!
We want to fish this first half of the year in a very good way.”
#7 Adam Norrodin
“I’m pleased to qualify 14th today. The weather caused a little bit of a problem as it started raining in the middle of the session but luckily it dried up just before the end.
We were expecting it to rain at the start of the session, so in the beginning I was not that great. When we changed to a harder tyre I immediately improved my lap time but then so many riders closed the throttle, so I couldn’t better my pace any further before the showers started. We waited until the track was dry again and when we went back out we were all in a big group. I knew then that I had to take advantage of this, which I did. I improved my lap time further; even more than last year too. We still have some things we need to work on for tomorrow but I’m confident that we can find the answers and take another step forward in morning warm-up. We must prepare well this evening and focus on making a strong race here. I want to go into the summer break with more points and a good result for the team.”
#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“From the beginning of qualifying I had a good feeling on the bike but I struggled to find a good place to ride on track; I couldn’t push enough for the lap time. We only had two new sets of tyres for the qualifying, which we were keeping for the end of the session, but then the rain came. Luckily it dried very quickly and we were able to get out for the last seven minutes. I improved my lap time in the last two laps but it wasn’t enough to be closer to the top of the timesheets. We are quite close to the top ten so I’m a little bit disappointed that we missed this opportunity today. It will be hard starting from 21st on the grid but I’m determined not to do what I did in Assen. Tomorrow I have to make a good start and get away with the leading group, then I can fight to finish strong.”