Following his first ever front row start in Moto3 last time out at Mugello, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider Ayumu Sasaki is eager to make his way up the top end of the time-sheets once again.
As a personal favourite of the Japanese rider, Sasaki hopes to take full advantage of his love for the Spanish circuit and continue his progress with another strong performance this weekend.
Making a significant step at Mugello on board his #7 Honda, teammate Adam Norrodin heads to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya determined to put aside his recent stint of race day misfortune, with a point scoring finish.
Situated in Montmeló, the prestigious Catalan circuit has recently been modified in the final sector and resurfaced too but remains one of the most favored among both riders and fans.
#7 ADAM NORRODIN
“We came back strong in Italy, it was just unfortunate that luck wasn’t on our side for the race. Nevertheless I have a lot more confidence going to Barcelona now. I think I can make a good step this weekend. Of course I want to make a good result and get back into the points; I need to catch up fast. My target is the first group, minimum top ten. I have to push myself more and really focus on being up at the top end of the time sheets throughout the sessions. I hear that the changes to the asphalt are very good; I remember last year it was very bumpy, so I’m looking forward to riding on the new surface. The last sector has also been changed a little, so for me, I’m happy to hear with what they have done and looking forward to getting the weekend started.”
#71 AYUMU SASAKI
“After Mugello I think the bike is pretty good. We also had a test there on Monday after the GP and I improved some more, so we are definitely going in the right direction. Catalunya is another one of the tracks that I like a lot; however, it will be a little bit different this year. The track layout is slightly different to last year and now has new asphalt too, so we will see how it is on Friday. I have to really focus from first practice and try to get used to the track again. I also need to concentrate a lot more on riding alone again. After Mugello, I feel a lot more confident about doing this, so I have to carry this momentum on. Starting the last race from the front row has really motivated me to achieve this again; I am hungry for more. I know I can do it now, I just have to keep working hard and never stop pushing.”