Misano Adriatico RN, Italy – Friday 8th September
Circuit: Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
Circuit Length: 4.2 km
Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
FP1: P18; 1’49.081 – 11 laps
FP2: P14; 1’43.731 –14 laps
Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
FP1: P12; 1’48.908 – 9 laps
FP2: P25; 1’44.286 – 15 laps
SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki concluded the opening day of the San Marino Grand Prix in 14th and 25th place respectively, whilst feeling satisfied with the work carried out.
Continuing to find his way on board the Honda NSF250RW, Adam Norrodin tested both wet and dry conditions today, making steady progress around the 4.2km circuit. With a damp start to FP1 the young Malaysian set to work on testing settings to advance his performance.
With the sun beaming down for second practice, Norrodin carried his confidence into the afternoon, setting competitive laps and ending the session just three tenths outside of the top ten.
Returning to Misano with fond memories, Moto3 rookie Ayumu Sasaki focussed hard on finding his rhythm around the Italian circuit. Opting to wait for a dryer track in Free Practice One, Sasaki concentrated on his dry set up on board the #71 machine. Carrying the progress into FP2, Sasaki improved his time again, ending the day with a better feeling on board his Honda and motivated to pick up the pace ahead of qualifying tomorrow.
#7 Adam Norrodin
“In FP1 the track conditions were not so great and although in the end we used slick tyres it was still damp in places, so we couldn’t push that hard to find the right setting. It was good to get out and just learn the track again and get a feel for the mixed conditions.
In the beginning of FP2 it took me a bit of time to find my rhythm and improve my pace. I had a few moments but we made progress and ended the session already faster than last year, so I’m happy about this. We need to keep working this way and moving forward; for me the bike is not so far away but we need to catch up to the top times in FP3 tomorrow morning, so we can go into qualifying strong.”
#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“First practice was quite wet so we didn’t go out until the last twenty minutes; this was just so that I could get used to track. I quickly found my rhythm and finished twelfth which was good. In the beginning of FP2 we started with the old tyre and I had a good feeling and made quite a good lap time straight away. After that we tried a new soft tyre but I couldn’t improve my time. I wasn’t able to take full advantage of the new tyres because I couldn’t find a good place on track to ride. I was disappointed about this but I still feel confident for tomorrow. The lap times are close and I know what I have to work on to improve in the morning. The aim for qualifying has to be top ten!”