Petronas Sprinta Racing concluded the third and final day of testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo today.
Due to poor weather conditions throughout the three days at the Valencian Circuit, track time for riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki was dramatically reduced.
Day one saw continuous rainfall deterring any track activity amongst the paddock. When the rain stopped mid morning on day two it was the low temperatures that prevented riders and teams from taking the risk.
Thursday brought with it more sun but again the cool climate hindered the opportunity to push for times, with tyre grip suffering in the cold conditions.
Despite taking part in just three sessions overall, Norrodin and Sasaki used their valuable track time well, focussing their attentions on reacquainting themselves with the new NSF250RW Honda and preparing bike set-up for the next test at the teams’ home circuit in Malaysia, in just six days’ time.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“Its not been the most productive test here with the cold and wet conditions, but we manged to get some track time this afternoon; it’s been sunny but still very low temperatures. We had two crashes in Moto3 but luckily both riders are OK, although Adam did damage his finger a little, so he couldn’t do his best. Anyway, we have been able to try some things with the new bike and now we’re ready to go to Malaysia.”
#7 ADAM NORRODIN
“It’s been quite a frustrating first test with the weather being so cold! We couldn’t ride at all on the first day because of the rain and then even when that stopped it was just too cold to get any real heat in the tyres. We first went out in the afternoon on Wednesday [day two] and unfortunately, I had a crash very soon into it – this was a silly mistake – I was pushing too hard too quick and there was very little grip with the low track temperature. I damaged my finger quite badly but I can still ride. Today it has been sunnier but still so cold, so when we went out I just concentrated on getting used to the bike again, making sure my position is okay and building my pace. I feel ready to go to Sepang now; I can’t wait to have good weather where we can really push to make the lap time and get dialed in.”
#71 AYUMU SASAKI
“Today has been the better day; its been a lot sunnier but still very cold. We have been working on our base set-up and getting a feel for the bike again. It feels great to be back riding a Moto3 machine. I’m really looking forward to going to Malaysia now. Hopefully we can get more time on track and be able to push a lot harder before we come back for the final test in Jerez in March.”