MotorLand Aragon, Spain – Saturday 23rd September
Circuit: MotorLand Aragon
Circuit Length: 5.1 km
Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
QP: P13; 1’59.177 – 11 laps
Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
QP: P18; 1’59.390 – 12 laps
SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki prepare to battle their way through from the fifth and sixth row, after qualifying in 13th [Adam] and 18th [Ayumu] place for tomorrow’s Aragon Grand Prix.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“Going into qualifying both riders were well prepared. FP3 was good for us even though Adam didn’t have the best position, we could still see he was doing much better in himself.
We started qualifying in a good way with great conditions; both riders pushed hard from the beginning. Ayumu immediately posted a quick time on his second lap; Adam was also pushing hard on the first run.
It felt a little bit comfortable coming in for the second outing but at that time we had spoken already about continuing to push and not saving it until the very end.
Adam did well and achieved his best time during his second outing on track, which placed him in 6th position; he stayed there until the very last minute of the qualifying. On the last lap there was a big group of riders together and Adam was trying hard but unfortunately crashed. It was a big, nasty crash but thankfully Adam is OK after a full check at the Medical Centre. So that’s very positive; also because he now has the pace and he found a good rhythm around the circuit here.
Ayumu was a little bit disappointing in QP today because in FP2 and FP3 he was very fast but this afternoon he couldn’t follow it up in the qualifying. He has the pace to go very fast but he couldn’t do the lap time this afternoon.
It’s going to be a little difficult for them starting from the fifth and sixth row but there is still a very good chance for both riders to do well tomorrow.
#7 Adam Norrodin
“I have a really good feeling with the bike here. Yesterday I just missed the confidence within myself but today was much better. Although we didn’t make the best lap time in FP3 this morning, we could see that the potential was there, as our ideal lap time was very good.
I was very focused ahead of the qualifying today. From the first outing I pushed really hard because I knew that the last few minutes on track would be messy. I found a good rhythm from the start and we immediately climbed up the timesheets. During our second outing we put in the soft tyres and I went top six, which was very positive. In the end we knew we still had to improve because everyone would push for a better position. It was a hard five minutes but on the last lap I felt really fresh and determined to do well. So many guys were in front of me and I had a good position on track. I gained time in sector three, which I was very happy about because I knew then it would be possible to improve my overall time. Unfortunately in Turn fourteen, one rider pushed me wide and I went on to a dirty part of the track; as I touched the throttle a little the bike immediately made a big high side. I was really disappointed because I knew it would have been a good lap.
Thankfully P13 is not a disaster. I feel confident for tomorrow, I just have to stay calm and focussed and concentrate for tomorrow.”
#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“I cannot be so happy with today’s qualifying. We had the pace and we had a good feeling but we couldn’t make one good lap time and we finished 18th. In FP3 I made a better lap time than in qualifying and this is important because we know I can do the same lap time as the first guys. I have confidence for tomorrow because I know I can pass riders and go quicker. It will be difficult starting from the sixth row. We have to focus a lot on the start and push to be in the front group straight away.
I want to get my best result of the season before we go to Japan. I feel positive about tomorrow; we have good rhythm with the medium tyre and the set-up is great. I am ready to do my best and fight hard.”