Mugello, Italy – Friday 2nd June
Circuit: Autodromo del Mugello
Circuit Length: 5.2 km
Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
FP1: P24; 2’00.766 – 16 laps
FP2: P20; 1’59.412 – 15 laps
Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
FP1: P27; 2’02.106 – 15 laps
FP2: P23; 1’59.716 – 15 laps
SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki made a positive start to the Italian Grand Prix weekend, concluding the day having made solid progress with the set-ups of their Honda NSF250RW machines.
Despite finishing the day with a combined position of 21st [Adam] and 24th [Ayumu] – somewhat lower down the time sheets than anticipated – the SIC Racing duo completed day one feeling confident ahead of tomorrow’s Moto3 qualifying.
Experiencing the stunning Italian circuit for the very first time, Ayumu Sasaki exuded motivation and perseverance as he worked hard to learn the fast flowing layout of Mugello. The Moto3 rookie showed consistent improvement and attained the top speed of the day, an impressive 242kph on board his #71 machine.
Adam Norrodin used first practice to reacquaint himself with the surroundings, focussing solely on his riding style around the 5.2km track. Building his rhythm in FP2, the young Malaysian immediately got up to speed, continuing to improve his lap time until the chequered flag.
#7 Adam Norrodin
“This morning we started quite slow, as I felt I needed to learn the track again. Gradually I started to build my rhythm. By the end of Free Practice two, although the position was too far back, we made good progress and I felt good on the bike; I found my rhythm and made my lap times alone.
We didn’t make many changes for second practice; I just wanted to ride. The start of FP2 went very well and we were immediately on the pace. We continued with the used tyres from FP1 and this helped me a lot. In the end we changed to the soft tyre but there was something missing, which I know has to come from me, not the bike. I’m happy with the set-up we have found today, so tomorrow it’s up to me push harder and really work on being stronger and faster here at Mugello.”
#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“First practice was the first time for me riding at this circuit, so I just took my time to get used to the track. I made quite a lot of laps and just focussed on learning the layout. The lap times were not so good but it gave me the opportunity to really study the track and feel comfortable ahead of afternoon practice. In FP2 we tried to improve our pace, so we worked a little more on our set-up. We improved our lap time a lot but unfortunately not so much in terms of position. I worked for the majority of today alone on track without a group to tow me around, so overall, I think this has been a positive start to the weekend.”