Misano Adriatico RN, Italy – Sunday 10th September
Circuit: Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
Circuit Length: 4.2 km
With the arrival of heavy rain to Misano, SIC Racing Teams’ Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki were among the majority of the Moto3 field caught out by the treacherous conditions today, which saw only fifteen riders complete the San Marino Grand Prix.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“Today was a very tough race because of the conditions. It was not easy for any of the riders.
Ayumu and Adam both did pretty good starts and immediately gained positions on the first lap. They were both fighting well. Adam came up to 14th place and was looking good when unfortunately going into turn six he had a crash. The bike wasn’t badly damaged but he couldn’t continue. He tried and gave his best today and that’s all that we ask.
It always a big risk in these conditions, so there is no one to blame, it just wasn’t our day.
Similar with Ayumu, he was pushing hard and making good lap times. He was gaining places throughout the race, caught Bulega and passed him to take 6th place. Ayumu was looking very strong so it’s a real shame for him. He crashed out of turn six; the bike was okay but he took a couple of knocks to the head and couldn’t restart.
Thankfully both riders walked away unhurt and can look forward to Aragon now.”
#7 Adam Norrodin DNF
“The conditions today were very difficult; with the heavy rain there was very little grip.
In the beginning I started really well and was almost in the top ten. I knew if I was consistent with my lap time and stayed on the bike I could be up there. I’m disappointed because I don’t know why I lost the front and crashed; I thought I was managing the conditions quite well. I tried to start my bike again but couldn’t. With both Ayumu and I crashing out, this is definitely a race weekend to forget.
We have to focus on the next one now and work hard to come back into the points at Aragon. We have missed one race, so we can’t miss anymore.”
#71 Ayumu Sasaki DNF
“We had a grid penalty from qualifying yesterday which meant we had to start from 19th place.
Unfortunately it started raining a lot this morning and I struggled to get a good feeling on the bike in Warm Up. I talked with my Crew Chief about it and we were able to make it better for the race.
Straight away on the first lap I could improve a lot and gained many positions. From there I kept pushing to follow the front group. With around eight laps to go I passed Bulega for 6th place; I could see that the front group were quite fast, so I knew I just had to stay calm and be clever; I wanted to bring back points. Unfortunately in turn six the rear slid and I crashed out. I think maybe I opened the gas too early, I’m not completely sure, but I made a mistake.
I’m very disappointed because we could have definitely finished in the top ten here.
Up until now we haven’t been able to find the best wet setting for our bike, so at least we have made this step today.
It’s very frustrating but this is racing and now we have to move on and prepare for Aragon.”