Northamptonshire, Great Britain – Sunday 27th August
Circuit Length: 5.9 km
SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki battled their way back into the points today, claiming a solid 12th [Adam] and 14th [Ayumu] place finish.
Lining up on the ninth row in 25th position Adam Norrodin was faced with a daunting task at hand but undeterred the young Malaysian immediately got to work. Setting consistently fast laps Norrodin fought his way through the field, only just missing out on his fourth consecutive top ten finish as the red flag prematurely ended the race.
Ayumu Sasaki made a blistering start off the line, launching himself from 19th to 15th on the opening lap. Dicing within the freight train, the sixteen-year-old rookie worked hard to keep his rhythm whilst battling for positions, crossing the line with two more points to add to his Championship tally.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“Today’s race was very stressful but very good in the end. Both riders had a disappointing qualifying yesterday so we pushed them hard about getting into the front group immediately; we knew it would be close racing here.
Ayumu made a very strong start, Adam not so much but then in the end they both joined the front group. Adam manged to fight his way through and did a really amazing race to go from 25th on the grid to finish 12th, with the lap times he did, it was very good.
Ayumu also made a good race starting from 19th; he fell back a little bit in the middle but he came back strong and fought his way up to 14th.
Both riders in the points again is very good and very important for us. It’s the fifth race in row that Adam has took points and he is showing that he is getting stronger, which is really good to see.
I’m really happy for Ayumu too to have this kind of result as he’s had some difficult races the last two times.
Now we work hard for the next one at Misano.”
#7 Adam Norrodin P12
“The result for me today was one of the best! I know the position is not the best but after starting so far back, I’m so happy to have been able to fight may way up into the points. I made a bad start off the line, so in the beginning the first group already pulled away and the pace they were going was really strong, so I knew I had to just grit my teeth and push. It was a big group ahead but I gave it everything I had. I had a strategy for the last lap and I knew that I could pass more riders but then the red flag came out. Still for me, this race feels like one the best in my career because I know I gave it everything and pushed 110%.
I want to say thank you so much to everybody; my mechanics, the team and my family and friends! We have struggled all weekend but still they have worked so hard to help and support me.
We leave Britain strong and focussed for the next race.”
#71 Ayumu Sasaki P14
“This weekend we have been quite strong from the start and I’ve been able to make good lap times and follow the fastest riders. In warm up we used an old tyre for the first time, as we’d had new since FP1. I could feel the rear sliding a lot. After warm up we chose the safe way and didn’t change anything on the bike for the race. We started well and I didn’t miss the front group but after the first five laps I could already feel the tyre. For me I couldn’t manage this well; when it was good I could go fast but as it dropped I couldn’t get back up to speed enough. I think with the old tyre the bike setting didn’t work so well but at least we know now to try this earlier on next time. We have learned a lot this race and I feel we are getting stronger, so I’m happy.
In Misano we have to continue making progress and try to go in the front group more.”