Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria – Friday 11th August
Circuit: Red Bull Ring
Circuit Length: 4.3 km
Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
FP1: P20; 1’38.914 – 19 laps
FP2: P2; 1’39.493 –7 laps
Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
FP1: P22; 1’39.041 – 21 laps
FP2: P16; 1’40.726 – 9 laps
Day one in Austria saw a strong start for SIC Racing Team rider Adam Norrodin as he tackled the Red Bull Ring with force. Launching up the timesheets as morning practice began, Norrodin exuded confidence from the off. Quickly finding his rhythm the 19-year-old went on to test an alternative setting with the electronics for the second half of the session, but dropping down the order reverted to his original set-up for FP2. Avoiding a damp but drying track at the start of the afternoon’s session, Norrodin remained in the box until the final fifteen minutes. Despite being short on time the Malaysian immediately resumed his strong form, provisionally placing himself in the number one spot, before concluding the session in 2nd place.
Teammate Ayumu Sasaki experienced a challenging start to the Austrian Grand Prix as he struggled to consistently put in the laps during Free Practice One. Off the pace and without an ideal set-up for his #71 machine, the Moto3 rookie focused his attentions solely on finding his rhythm around the 4.3km circuit. With work to be done the 16-year-old remains confident that he can make the next step ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying.
#7 Adam Norrodin
“After struggling in the dry at Brno, we returned to an old setting here in Austria. The bike immediately felt good this morning and I felt really confident. We made a strong start so we decided to try something different for the second half of the session. Unfortunately this didn’t work but for me it was still a very positive practice because we were able to learn more about the bike and which direction to go in. Free Practice Two was not so interesting because we decided to wait until the track came dryer so we could run slicks and continue testing our set-up for the race. On my out lap I saw that the track wasn’t that bad and the grip was okay so on my first flying lap I pushed immediately. I knew we didn’t have much time and I wanted to make the most of it. We finished in second which I was happy about but overall we still have work to do. My confidence is high here and I really think we can do a good job this weekend.”
#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“We had quite a difficult FP1 this morning because we couldn’t find the pace, also the bike setting was not so good. In FP2 we tried to improve the bike but it was still wet for the first twenty minutes, so I didn’t go on track until the last fifteen minutes. When I went out the conditions were still half and half; I tried to do my best and find my rhythm. We made some good progress and the bike felt alot better. It was a productive end to the day but tomorrow I must really concentrate for FP3 because I have to find a good setting for qualifying. This will be my main focus.”