Phillip Island, Australia – Sunday 22nd October
Circuit: Phillip Island
Circuit Length: 4.4 km
Today’s Australian Grand Prix saw SIC Racing Team riders Ayumu Sasaki and Adam Norrodin secure a solid point scoring 7th [Ayumu] and 8th [Adam] place finish, in one of the most action packed Moto3 races of the year.
Racing at the circuit for the first time, Moto3 rookie Ayumu Sasaki looked in strong form as he fought his way up into sixth place. Pushing hard the 17-year-old relentlessly diced with the leaders before rain brought out the red flag and a premature end to proceedings.
Launching off the line Adam Norrodin gained six places within the first lap, placing himself just behind teammate Ayumu Sasaki. From 22nd on the grid, the young Malaysian heroically battled his way up into the top ten. Determined not to let the leading group get away, Norrodin pushed hard to hold on to the pack, concluding the race in an impressive 8th place.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“Today has proven that you should never give up! After the qualifying yesterday we were all very upset with both riders performance but after a long talk yesterday they both came back fighting. Today they have shown what they are really capable of.
Last night we spoke a lot about getting up to the front as quickly as possible and how important it is here at Phillip Island and both riders did exactly what we asked. They made a solid start and immediately got themselves in the leading group. Their lap times were better than in qualifying too; you could really see the change in them. It was a fantastic race from both of them. To see Adam and Ayumu up the front and fighting is very rewarding for the whole team. We’ve had some bad luck the last couple of races, so we really needed this result today. We’re very happy to have this before our Home race too. Now we will take this good feeling to Sepang.
I have to say thanks to both riders because they did an amazing job today; they listened and worked very hard. Also to the team who did a great job this weekend; we had a few crashes and they fixed the bikes well and continued working hard, so it’s a solid team effort all round.
Now we are looking forward to Sepang; we have a lot of motivation for this next race to come.”
#7 Adam Norrodin P8
“I’m really happy with our result today. It’s been a difficult weekend for us, so for both Ayumu and myself to finish in the top ten is great! As a team this is our best result of the season.
It was a really fun race and we fought with the leaders the whole way through but it was also very tough. Everyone in the group was fighting really hard because we could see that rain was coming. I saw many crashes and conditions were risky with some wet patches on track but I just focussed on staying with the leaders and holding my position.
The red flag came out with nine laps to go and we finished 8th, so I’m really happy with this. It’s great to go to my Home Grand Prix next week with this good feeling. I can’t wait for Sepang now.”
#71 Ayumu Sasaki P7
“We’ve had a couple of tough sessions this weekend but I have enjoyed riding this track since the first practice; I knew the bike was good here.
In the race the conditions improved from the start and I had a good feeling in the front group. We battled a lot and I felt confident.
It’s unfortunate that it started to rain again and the red flag came out because we were coming stronger and stronger every lap. Nevertheless I am pleased with this result; we did a good job today and I must thank my team for this too.
This is equal to my best position of the season, so I will do my best to come back even stronger in the last two races of the year. I’m looking forward to Sepang! ”