AYUMU SASAKI IS 2017 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Comunitat Valenciana – Ricardo Tormo, Spain – Sunday 12th November

Circuit: Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Circuit Length: 4.0 km

The 2017 Grand Finale at Valencia saw SIC Racing Team rider Ayumu Sasaki claim the prestigious Rookie of The Year title. Crossing the line in 13th place, the seventeen-year-old concluded his debut year in the World Championship with the most points scored by a Moto3 rookie during the season.
Just missing out on another top fifteen finish, teammate Adam Norrodin completed his 2017 campaign with a hard fought 17th place in today’s Valencia Grand Prix. The young Malaysian ends the year having made solid progress throughout and looking in strong form for the New Year ahead.

Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager

“It’s been a good weekend overall. Ayumu has been fast from the start here and has had very good pace. Unfortunately during the race today he started suffering a little bit and couldn’t really follow the front guys. Nevertheless he tried very hard despite the issues he experienced with the front of his bike. It wasn’t easy for him and of course he is disappointed because he wanted to make a better finish here today, but it is like it is. The good thing that we are all happy about is that Ayumu clinched the title of Rookie of The Year – this was always the target and we are all proud of him for achieving it.
Adam had a harder time here in Valencia and he struggled from the first practice session. Although he qualified twelfth we knew his pace wouldn’t be there. He didn’t make the best start either, so that made things even harder for him but he didn’t just give up – he fought throughout the whole race to hold onto his place. Regardless Adam has made great progress this year. We have watched him become stronger and prove his ability to compete at the top end. We are really happy for this.
We go into next year having made some big steps with both riders, so we’re already excited to see what Adam and Ayumu can achieve in 2018.
Thanks to all the team for their hard work this year and thanks to Sepang Circuit and our sponsors for their support.”

#7 Adam Norrodin P17

“It’s been a tough weekend here in Valencia as I’ve really struggled to find a good rhythm around this track. We knew the race would be hard and I expected to lose some places initially but unfortunately I wasn’t able to get them back as the race progressed. I’m disappointed not to finish the last race of the year in the points but looking back at the season, overall I’m happy with the progress we have made. We’ve have taken some big steps and finally shown that we can be competitive. I know I can take what I have learned this year and come back even stronger in 2018. I want to thank my team, sponsors and fans for their support and I hope to do even better for them next year.”

#71 Ayumu Sasaki P13

“First of all I have to say thanks to my team and sponsors for all their support this year. It’s not been an easy debut into the World Championship but I think we have done a good job overall.
I’m disappointed not to have done better in the race today. We have been at the top end of the timesheets all weekend, so it’s a great shame not to have capitalised on my qualifying position.
In the race I experienced some problems with the front of my bike from around three laps into the race. At first I could manage it but as the tyres dropped it became harder to control. My front kept closing, so I was trying to push it with my hand but by the last five laps I had a lot of pain in my hand from it. It was a really tough race but I’m pleased we managed to finish in the same group and I didn’t crash.
It’s good to have collected another point too – three races in a row – we have finished stronger than we started and this is the main thing. This is what I will take into the off season.
I think I have to change many things and work harder for next year and then we can fight in the front group every race; this is my focus now.
I’m very happy to be awarded Rookie of The Year and I look forward to taking the next step in 2018.”

SASAKI SET TO CHARGE FROM ROW THREE; NORRODIN RACE READY FOR SEASON FINALE

Comunitat Valenciana – Ricardo Tormo, Spain – Saturday 11th November

Circuit: Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Circuit Length: 4.0 km

Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
QP: P12; 1’39.615 – 15 laps

Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
QP: P7; 1’39.492 – 13 laps

SIC Racing Team rider Ayumu Sasaki secured his best qualifying position of the season today, placing his bike on the third row in 7th place. Teammate Adam Norrodin qualified just behind on row four, lining up for tomorrow’s final Moto3 race of the year in 12th position.

Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager

“It’s been a good weekend so far, especially for Ayumu. He’s been fast from the start and very consistent with his lap times. We knew he could have a good qualifying today. Maybe he could have gone a few tenths faster as he was a bit unlucky to come across some slower riders in the last two laps – but nevertheless he was still quick and qualifying P7 is good. He has a very strong race pace here too, so I really believe he can run with the front group tomorrow.
Adam has had a harder start to the weekend here; he finds the track a little difficult so has struggled to find his rhythm; still he has worked very hard to improve. With the help of his Crew Chief he found a good way this afternoon. Mentally in the last run he was really ready to push hard for the lap time and that’s exactly what he did. Big credit to Adam for this because it’s not been easy for him. For sure from 12th he can make a good race. He is always stronger on a Sunday.
It will be an interesting race tomorrow.”

#7 Adam Norrodin

“I’m happy to have qualified in 12th position today. The pace was very fast and it was a tough session, so I’m pleased with how it went, especially as I’ve struggled with this track from the start of the weekend. FP3 was difficult for us but I felt more focused for the qualifying; the bike was working well and I was able to find my rhythm. Towards the end I just went for it and I gave everything I had. I felt good on the bike and just really focussed on improving my lap time.
For sure it’s going to be a tough race tomorrow so we need to keep our concentration and prepare to fight our way to the front group. I want to finish the season with more points and a good result.”

#71 Ayumu Sasaki

“This weekend we have been strong from the first practice session. I love the track here; the bike works great and it’s the season finale, so I’m feeling really good.
I have learned many things this year, so now I am just trying to put everything together and do all that I have learnt during these last seventeen races.
I think we have done a pretty good job so far; we have been top ten throughout the practice sessions and then again in QP with 7th position. I wanted to go a little bit more but at least we made a good qualifying time. This is very positive for the race because I have a good feeling with the Medium tyre and I know my race pace is strong too. We have the speed to go with the front group.

In Warm Up we will try some more medium settings and then I will fight to be at the front.”

SASAKI AND NORRODIN START STRONG ON DAY ONE AT VALENCIA

Comunitat Valenciana – Ricardo Tormo, Spain – Friday 10th November

Circuit: Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Circuit Length: 4.0 km

Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
FP1: P17; 1’41.018 – 19 laps
FP2: P13; 1’40.316 –16 laps

Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
FP1: P8; 1’40.511 – 18 laps
FP2: P5; 1’39.966 – 15 laps

Day one at Valencia saw a successful start for the SIC Racing Team duo, with Ayumu Sasaki concluding practice in 5th position on race tyres and Adam Norrodin, with less than half a second separating the two teammates, in 13th place overall.

#7 Adam Norrodin

“Today was quite a good day. Valencia has not been my best track in the past so I’m happy to have started the weekend like we have. Of course we still need to make a big step ahead of qualifying tomorrow but in general I feel good on the bike. Already in FP2 I did my best lap time around this circuit, with a medium tyre. It was the final minutes of each practice where I lost out the most; for the rest of the session we were up there; so this is something I have to work on for tomorrow and continue to improve right until the very end.
I’m happy with the bike and I feel confident that we can do well here. For sure qualifying will be tough and the times are going to be close but we will push to be up at the top end.”

#71 Ayumu Sasaki

“We had a great start today. This is one of my favourite tracks and we could begin the weekend strong. In FP1 we focussed on the job and finished in the top ten, then for the second practice we changed our bike setting and it worked even better. We were able to improve our lap time and position and in the end finished fifth; I think my best start to a race weekend this year. The only thing we didn’t test today was the soft tyre, so we will try this during FP3; then we will know what we have to do in the qualifying.
I’m really looking forward to tomorrow and I will try my hardest to be close to the front and get a good grid position for the race.”

 

SIC RACING TEAM READY FOR THE FINAL FIGHT AT VALENCIA

Comunitat Valenciana – Ricardo Tormo, Spain – Tuesday 7th November

Circuit: Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Circuit Length: 4.0 km

As the Grand Finale beckons, SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki are ready and raring to finish the 2017 season on a high.

Following a heroic ride into the points in front of his home crowd in Malaysia, Adam Norrodin returns to Europe determined to conclude the year with his best result of the season.

Teammate Ayumu Sasaki will also be looking to add vital points to his Championship tally, as the last round will see him contest for the title of ‘Rookie of the Year’.

#7 Adam Norrodin

“I am both excited and sad that it is the last race of the year. I feel we have made really good progress this season and have become stronger and stronger throughout.
I really like the track at Valencia; we have tested there a lot and everybody has experience there, so it’s a level playing field. The track is nice and you can see everything; it’s not such a big track but it’s quite technical.
It’s the last race so for sure my target is to collect more points and finish the season on a high. I want to end the year in a positive way and looking forward to the new season ahead.
I am ready to work hard and give 100% for this weekend.”

#71 Ayumu Sasaki

“I can’t believe this is the last race of the year; it’s gone so fast! It’s not been an easy year for me but I have learnt many things.

Our last two races were quite good, so I really want to finish the season in strong form.
I love going to Valencia because it’s one of my favourite tracks and I know it well. I think we can make a good job there; my target is top five. We will focus for the Friday practice; it’s important that we are up the top end of the timesheets from the beginning of the weekend.

We have to give everything to this last race, we need another good result.
I’m excited and can’t wait to ride on Friday.”

SIC RACING TEAM SCORE HARD FOUGHT POINTS AT HOME GRAND PRIX

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia – Sunday 29th October

Circuit: Sepang International Circuit
Circuit Length: 5.5 km

The 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix saw SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki scoring solid points in today’s Moto3 race, crossing the line in 11th [Adam] and 12th [Ayumu] place.
Determined to do well in front of his home crowd, Malaysian rider Adam Norrodin wasted no time launching himself up through the field, claiming seven places within the first lap. With a podium place in sight, the 19-year-old fought his way up to fourth and began closing the gap, when pushing hard saw him make a small mistake and loose the front end of his #7 machine. Refusing to let go of his bike, Norrodin heroically remounted and re-joined the race in fourteenth place. With eight laps remaining Norrodin pushed hard until the bitter end, battling his way to 11th and breaking the lap record in the race, with a time of 2’12.775.
Starting from fourteenth on the grid, teammate Ayumu Sasaki initially gained a position in the opening lap but soon became aware of some small issues with the front end of his Honda machine. Struggling with the feeling on board his #71 bike, the Moto3 rookie focused on retaining a point scoring positon and achieving a respectable 12th place finish in front of the team’s home crowd.

Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager

“Adam was very fast and made a very good start; He pushed really hard on the first few laps and immediately got up to the front. You could see that his target was the podium. He was so close and fought his way to fourth place but then on lap ten going into the first corner he went in just a little bit too fast and crashed. He held onto the bike, picked it up and finished the race, so we are very proud of him for this. He never gave up and finished 11th so I’m happy in one way and disappointed for him in the other. We knew he would have been quite safe in the top five today, but we also know his target was more than fifth, so he went for it. These things can happen, so big credit to Adam for trying so hard.
Ayumu’s race pace today was not as strong as Adam’s but nevertheless he did a good job. He stayed in the group from sixth to thirteenth place and was hanging on even though he had some small issues during the race. He struggled a bit with the front of the bike and couldn’t really push and pass other riders like he wanted, so that held him back a bit. He rode smart and brought home some points in twelfth, so I’m happy with this.”

#7 Adam Norrodin P11

“In the beginning I pushed really hard to stay with the front group because at Sepang the first group always pulls away. I was fighting a lot in the top six but then I saw that Mir was starting to pull away in second place, so I tried to go with him. I knew I had the pace. I passed Loi for fourth position and tried to go but then I asked too much of the front tyre going into the first corner; I pushed too hard and I lost the front. I tried to save it but it was impossible with the speed I was doing.
My confidence is so much higher than this time last year; I felt no pressure in the race; I just wanted to make the podium for my home crowd. I’m happy that I was able to finish the race and still collect some points after the crash but I’m sorry for my team, family, friends and everyone who came here to support us, I wanted so much to achieve a better result today.”

#71 Ayumu Sasaki P12

“In Warm Up this morning we changed the settings a little bit and I had a much better feeling on the bike than in qualifying, so I felt ready for the race. From the Warm Up to the race the temperature was a lot different and this always makes it harder to set up the bike; when I started the race my feeling was not so good on the bike. All I could do was try to follow the front group but I didn’t have the pace to fight with them. In the end I passed two riders and finished 12th, so at least we have some more points. I’m not so happy about our position but I’m pleased we finished in the points at the team’s home race. I’ve really enjoyed being here and I hope that next year we are able to give back a present to the fans and fight for the win! We are getting stronger race by race and this is very important.”

NORRODIN AND SASAKI READY TO FIGHT HARD FOR HOME CROWD

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia – Saturday 28th October

Circuit: Sepang International Circuit
Circuit Length: 5.5 km

Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
QP: P15; 2’13.847 – 12 laps

Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
QP: P14; 2’13.792 – 12 laps

SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki will line up on the fifth row for tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix, after qualifying in 14th [Ayumu] and 15th [Adam] place.

Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager

“The weekend has started very well for Adam and there have been a lot of positives throughout the three practice sessions, so it’s a shame that qualifying didn’t go quite as we would have liked, or expected. We’ve seen from the start that Adam has a very good pace here and can do fast lap times on his own, but in qualifying you need that little bit extra and unfortunately today we didn’t find it. In any case Adam starts in a decent position tomorrow and I’m confident that regardless of where he lines up, he will make a strong start, get to the front group and fight with the leaders.
Ayumu has been struggling a little bit more in the free practice sessions here, so to finish fourteenth today, he has done a good job. The starting position is so important for him because as we have seen before he can be very strong in the races, if he can just make a good start and have a solid first few laps. If he does this I think he will be fighting up there in the top ten as well.”

#7 Adam Norrodin

“I’m disappointed because we were capable of a much better qualifying today. All weekend we have been strong and I have felt confident in myself and with the bike. I was sure we could do really well today.
I wanted so much to qualify at the front for my home race, to make sure that I would be in the first group tomorrow. The session started well for us and we were always in the top ten; I did all my lap times alone too but in the end this is what prevented me from improving any further because all the riders in the group were fast and passed me on the final lap. This is Moto3 qualifying though, it’s very tough, very competitive and the smallest things can make the biggest difference.
Fifteenth for me is not that bad but I expected more here at Sepang because we have the pace. Nevertheless the weekend is not over and the most important day is tomorrow. This is my only focus now; I have to really concentrate and prepare myself to fight hard; I can’t let the front group go.

#71 Ayumu Sasaki

“Today was a difficult qualifying. In FP3 this morning it had been raining so the track was half wet and I couldn’t really push. In terms of our set-up we started QP pretty much from zero, like FP1, so to finish 14th is not so bad but I’m not happy about it. We have these unlucky times and now we just have to work hard to improve for tomorrow. Warm Up will be very important because I want to change the bike settings a little bit so that I can try to be up at the front in the race. I hope we can have a good race for the Malaysian fans.”

NORRODIN SECOND ON DAY ONE AT SEPANG

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia – Friday 27th October

Circuit: Sepang International Circuit
Circuit Length: 5.5 km

Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
FP1: P2; 2’13.409 – 14 laps
FP2: P6; 2’29.655 –16 laps

Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
FP1: P25; 2’15.622 – 11 laps
FP2: P16; 2’30.627 – 15 laps

SIC Racing Team rider Adam Norrodin excelled on home turf today, concluding Practice in 2nd place overall. Faced with one dry session this morning and one wet this afternoon, the nineteen-year-old Malaysian tackled both weather conditions with ease, never dropping out of the top six and exuding confidence throughout.

Teammate Ayumu Sasaki experienced a tougher start to proceedings, with a small crash in Free Practice One hampering the rookie’s initial progress in the dry. With more time on track in FP2, the 17-year-old worked hard to dial into the wet conditions and get up to speed on board the #71 machine. Finishing the afternoon session in a respectable 16th place, the Japanese rider is confident he can pick up the pace ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying.

#7 Adam Norrodin
“It’s been a great first day. We finished second overall and had two good practice sessions in both the dry and wet conditions.
In the morning in the dry we made a really strong start; the bike felt good, I felt good and everything just fell into place. It was a nice feeling to stay within the top five the whole time and then finish second.
FP2 was wet and I started well but towards the end I was not pushing as much and we finished sixth. Nevertheless the bike felt good and I’m feeling confident.
It’s only day one so it’s important to keep my head down and stay focussed; tomorrow we must work hard to have a good qualifying. I want to do my best here in front of my home crowd. Everybody is expecting a good result from me and I want to deliver.”

#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“During first practice I made a mistake within the first three laps and crashed, so we lost quite a bit of time. When I went back out I had a problem with the front brake, so I didn’t get to ride a lot in the dry and really test our settings.
Second practice was wet but I had a good feeling on the bike. I made my fastest time on my tenth lap but unfortunately after that I couldn’t improve any further. Anyway I had a good feeling and this is positive for tomorrow. I feel pretty confident ahead of the qualifying; I think we can do well. I will prepare myself for both weather conditions and push for a good starting position, so I’m ready for the race.”

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SIC RACING TEAM SET HIGH HOPES FOR HOME GRAND PRIX

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia – Wednesday 25th October

Circuit: Sepang International Circuit
Circuit Length: 5.5 km

The prestigious Sepang International Circuit, home to the SIC Racing Team and Malaysian rider Adam Norrodin, will host the penultimate round of the 2017 MotoGP Championship this weekend.

Following a solid top ten result for both riders last time out at Phillip Island, the SIC Racing Team head to the Malaysian Grand Prix, motivated and determined to continue their run of form in front of their home crowd.

Adam Norrodin has his sights firmly set on a top five fight to the line, with teammate Ayumu Sasaki looking to follow suit with another point scoring finish.

#7 Adam Norrodin

“This Grand Prix is the one I have been waiting for all year! It’s so good to come back for my home GP and see all the crowd and have my family and friends with me. I’m going to enjoy this weekend a lot.
After the last race at Phillip Island I’m feeling very confident. We are not so far away and coming stronger race by race. Finishing eighth in Australia has motivated me even more to do better at Sepang this weekend. I want to be minimum, top five. Of course the podium is in my mind and if the opportunity comes I will take it! I want more than anything to do my best here in front of our home crowd. We have nothing to lose!”

#71 Ayumu Sasaki

“The last race was really good for the team and for myself; I feel I have gained confidence ahead of the team’s home race.
I think we have a lot of positives coming to Malaysia. We tested here already at the beginning of the year and both Adam and I did well.
This is also one of the best tracks for me; I rode here a lot when I was competing in the Asia Talent Cup and have won at Sepang before. It’s a great track and I know it well!
We have to focus again for the practice but I will try to be up there like in Australia. Qualifying is what has let me down many times this year, so this is what we will really have to work on to improve this weekend.
I want to be able to fight in the front group again and finish in the points.”

SIC RACING TEAM EXPANDS INTO MOTO2 FOR 2018

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia – Tuesday 24th October

SIC Racing Team are today delighted to announce their rider line up for 2018. This will see the continuation of Moto3™ riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki, with the addition of Hafizh Syahrin who will compete in the Moto2™ Championship.
The team expands into the intermediate category for 2018 thanks to the new collaboration between Sepang International Circuit [SIC] and Petronas.
The two parties have formed the ‘PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’ team that will focus on the development of talents to compete in the global two-wheel championships. The partnership will continue with the joint efforts of both PETRONAS Talent Development Programme (TDP) and SIC Talent Development Programme (SICTD) to nurture future talent rising from the Malaysian Cub Prix, Asia Road Racing Championship and Asia Talent Cup to pursue their racing careers in the Moto2™ and Moto3™ championships.

JOHAN STIGEFELT – TEAM MANAGER
“I’m very happy to announce that we will continue with Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki in Moto3 next year and to unveil the expansion of our team into the Moto2 class for 2018, with rider Hafizh Syahrin. This is a very exciting time for us!
We have seen this year the steps both Adam and Ayumu have taken and the progress they have made; they have improved throughout the season and continued to learn from both their mistakes and achievements. Everything we have done with them, all the data we have gathered, all the things we have learned as a team, will be of benefit to us next year. We have seen this already with Adam, who has made a big step from his rookie year in the Championship; we expect the same with Ayumu in 2018.
It’s also very important for us that we are continuing with Honda. It will be our third year in collaboration. We have learned a lot about the NSF250RW over the last two years, so for sure we will be even stronger with the technical side of things next year.
Going back to Moto2 will be great and we are very excited to have been given the opportunity to expand the team. Last time we were in the intermediate class was in 2014 with Johann Zarco and Josh Herrin, so we are not green to the category and I know we can make a good job there with Hafizh. We have put together a very good crew for him next year; they come with experience, knowledge and a solid CV of impressive results with previous riders; I know they will work very well together to get him where he needs to be. I’m confident this team will allow Hafizh to take the next step in his career and achieve the results we all know he is capable of.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Sepang International Circuit for their continued support and for taking this step up into the Moto2 class. It’s a privilege to be working with them and continuing the young rider’s development project together. As well I would like to thank Petronas who are coming in as our Title sponsor and will work with us for the next few years. It’s an honour to have them on board.
We are really looking forward to next year.”

#55 HAFIZH SYAHRIN
“First I would like to say thank you very much to the SIC Racing Team for giving me this opportunity and believing in me. I will try my best for them in 2018.
I’m so happy that I will continue in Moto2 next year and with my new team I’m really hopeful that I can do better.
I have struggled a little during 2017 and only achieved two podiums; although I have accomplished my target for the year, I want more in 2018. The podium will always be my goal; to fight at the front and compete for the Championship title.
Now I will stay focussed and keep working for next year. I’m very happy and excited for this new collaboration. I believe we can do a very good job together in 2018.
Thanks also to Razlan Razali and Petronas for their continued support and belief in me. I hope to repay them with good results.”

#7 ADAM NORRODIN
“It’s fantastic to be staying with my crew again in 2018. This will be our third year together. We have worked hard since the start and have made good progress over the last two years, so I’m very excited to continue; I believe next year I can take an even bigger step and really be a contender in the Moto3 Championship.
I’m very happy about the expansion of the team into Moto2 and our new partnership with Petronas. It will be so great to have Hafizh Syahrin with us, not only because we are good friends but also because of the experience he brings with him. He always helps me to stay calm and focussed and I have learned a lot from him. Having Petronas too, I feel like it is one big family.
I want to say a special thanks to Razlan Razali for giving me this opportunity and continuing to believe in me; to all the team who have put their trust in me and have supported me from the start and my family who are always by my side. Thanks to all them that I am here.”

#71 AYUMU SASAKI
“This year has been a steep learning curve for me. Some tracks were completely new to me, my crew were new, the bike; everything was fresh. I’ve had to adapt too many different things. It’s been a tough year for me because I came into the Championship expecting to do better but the level in Moto3 is much higher and harder to fight at the front in.
Race by race we have come stronger; we have learned many things this season and grown as a team, so I’m very happy to be continuing with the same team and same crew again next year. I’m really looking forward to the 2018 season because I have so much more confidence now; I know what to expect and I feel like I have progressed a lot in the Championship since the beginning of my rookie year.
It’s very exciting to have Petronas coming on board too! I hope to do them proud and also repay the team and SIC [Sepang International Circuit] for all their support, with good results next year.
I am focussed and ready to work harder than before; I will do better in 2018.”

SIC RACING TEAM SECURE SENSATIONAL SEVENTH AND EIGHTH PLACE IN ACTION PACKED AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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! ”

PRESSURES ON TO PERFORM FOR NORRODIN AND SASAKI AT PHILLIP ISLAND

Phillip Island, Australia – Saturday 21st October

Circuit: Phillip Island
Circuit Length: 4.4 km

Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
QP: P22; 1’38.429 – 14 laps

Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
QP: P17; 1’38.204 – 14 laps

Starting tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix from 17th [Ayumu] and 22nd [Adam] place, Ayumu Sasaki and Adam Norrodin prepare to battle their way back through the field, after a close qualifying session saw the SIC Racing Team duo struggle to improve their times.

Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager

“After starting quite well here during the practice sessions, we have gone backwards today. We have not performed our best or achieved what we are capable of and this is very disappointing for the whole team. I believe the riders could have done a lot better today and I’m not happy with either of their performances this afternoon. It will be hard for them to go forward from the starting positions they have. Tomorrow we must continue to work hard and the riders have to prove that they are better than this.”

#7 Adam Norrodin

“I’m not happy about qualifying 22nd; this is too far back. We can see the lap times are very close, as we are only 1.3 seconds off pole, but still we could have done better today.
In the beginning I felt very good and the bike was working well but we needed more to go faster, so we made a small change for the second run. When I went back out I almost had a big high-side and this knocked my confidence, so I found it hard to find my rhythm again. For the final run we put in the new medium tyre but as we returned on track we could already see some drops of rain. I tried to push but on my first flying lap the asphalt was already wet in the second corner, so that was that.
It’s a very disappointing qualifying for me; I know I could have done better. It’s going to be tough starting from so far back but I know if I make a good start I have the race pace to fight. There will be some close racing tomorrow, so making a strong start off the line is going to be very important. I believe we still have a good chance to do well here.”

#71 Ayumu Sasaki

“In FP3 this morning we had a good set up but I couldn’t make a good lap time, this was my fault because I wasted time trying to find a good position on track, then in the end it started to rain, so we couldn’t improve any further.
In qualifying I tried to push from the beginning because we could see that more rain was coming but it wasn’t enough to make a strong lap time, then on my fastest lap someone held me up in the last sector. This was very frustrating.
When I went back out on track I struggled again to make a good lap time, so I’m really disappointed. I have no excuse for this. I know I could have done better.
Looking at tomorrow we have a good bike set-up and I know in myself I can improve more, so this I will have to show in Warm Up tomorrow. In the race I will fight to catch the front group and finish in the top ten.”

LESSONS LEARNT FOR NORRODIN AND SASAKI ON DAY ONE AT PHILLIP ISLAND

Phillip Island, Australia – Friday 20th October

Circuit: Phillip Island
Circuit Length: 4.4 km

Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
FP1: P11; 1’39.353 – 18 laps
FP2: P20; 1’38.892 – 12 laps

Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
FP1: P3; 1’38.670 – 20 laps
FP2: P16; 1’38.505 – 16 laps

Day one at a sunny but cool Phillip Island saw SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki conclude practice in 16th [Ayumu] and 20th [Adam] place overall.

#7 Adam Norrodin

“For all of FP1 I focussed on riding alone because I wanted to see where my level was at this track. The session went well and from the beginning we were up at the top end of the timesheets. I had good pace even though we were using the hard tyre but the lap times were still far away from the record, so I knew we had to find something else.
I went out on the used tyres first thing in afternoon practice and we immediately made a good time and position. During the middle of FP2 we tried something new with the bike but it didn’t work for me and I felt uncomfortable, so we had to revert back to our original settings.
For the final minutes we went onto the medium tyres because we could see how much other riders were improving on them. This would have helped us to take the next step but unfortunately I had a small crash, which was my fault. I was pushing too hard too quickly and I lost the front completely. I shouldn’t have expected so much from a new tyre in these cold conditions straight away; this was my mistake.
The good thing is we know why we didn’t finish in a better position and we know that we can be up there this weekend. We are not far away, so I feel confident for tomorrow.”

#71 Ayumu Sasaki

“First practice went really well! It was my first time at this track but I was able to get used to it very quickly and immediately had a good feeling.
Going into FP2 we made another good start, then in the middle of practice we made some changes to the bike but they were not so good, so we had to go back to our set-up from FP1.
In the end I felt good again but I just couldn’t put together a good lap. I’m disappointed because this was my fault; I was too distracted with trying to find other fast riders to go with, so I could learn the track more. This is why we didn’t finish higher up today.
Tomorrow I will focus more on riding alone and will work very hard to improve my time; I must qualify higher up the grid than before.”

NORRODIN CAUGHT OUT BY CONDITIONS; SASAKI FALLS VICTIM TO RACING INCIDENT AT MOTEGI

Twin Ring Motegi, Japan– Sunday 15th October

Circuit: Twin Ring Motegi
Circuit Length: 4.8 km

SIC Racing Team concluded their weekend with a disappointing end to proceedings, following two DNF’s for riders Ayumu Sasaki and Adam Norrodin.
With warm up delayed due to oil on the track, today’s Moto3 race was shortened to just 13 laps.
Norrodin and Sasaki wasted no time as they launched themselves off the line, immediately cutting through the field into 10th [Adam] and 17th [Ayumu] position.
Looking in solid form Malaysian rider Adam Norrodin continued to carve his way through the pack. Making his assault on the field the nineteen year-old was in a solid sixth place, when conditions caught him out with a heavy high side prematurely ending his race.
Undeterred by the treacherous conditions, Ayumu Sasaki fought his way through the spray and mist from 24th, into a point scoring 13th position. Despite gaining pace throughout and looking set for a solid finish, the young rookie saw his race ended with just four laps to go, as Rodrigo crashed out in front, taking the #71 machine with him.

Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager

“It was a very difficult race today with the conditions; it was heavy rain from the start and it continued to get worse as the race went on. After the race was shortened both riders knew they would have to push extremely hard; they both made an excellent start and gained positions.
With Adam we said to just go for it and try to be in the front as fast as possible and that’s exactly what he did. He climbed his way up to P6. He said himself that he felt comfortable and didn’t take any extra risk but he crashed coming out of turn two. This is a great shame. We are all very disappointed because we really needed to finish this race well. It’s good that he pushed and fought hard but still disappointing to end like this.
Ayumu did a really good job today; he started from P24 and had made his way up into P13 when a rider ahead crashed into him. It’s a great shame for him because he was doing so well and in the points at his home GP. It was absolutely not his fault and there was nothing he could have done about it.”

#7 Adam Norrodin DNF

“I had a very good feeling on my bike from morning warm up and we finished the session third.
I made a good start in the race but then was pushed wide in third corner. I stayed calm and just focussed on making up positions; I knew with these conditions I had to break away from the group I was in and get to the front because when you are behind in the wet it’s so difficult to see. I was trying really hard to fight and then suddenly I was in sixth position. At this point I knew it was better to just keep my rhythm and bring home a good result. A few laps later I high-sided really hard; I don’t even know how it happened. I’m so disappointed and so sorry for my team. We need to go over the data now to see what happened. I really think I could have caught the front group.”

#71 Ayumu Sasaki DNF

“This Grand Prix has been quite difficult with it raining all weekend but I have really learned a lot.
I’ve never rode in the wet like this, so it’s been a tough learning curve but I’m pleased that we’ve had this experience; I feel confident that I will be better in these conditions next time.
In the race I had a good feeling on the bike straight away. I made a good start and gained eight positions. When I made it to 13th place I could see the other front group; from there I thought I could catch them. I was pushing to close the gap when the rider in front of me crashed and hit me. It was a racing incident. I’m disappointed but also happy that I had the pace to ride there. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to fight in the front though, so we have to work on this and improve for the next race. We have three races left this year so I hope I can learn more for the next year ready for the new season.”

NORRODIN AND SASAKI REDAY TO BATTLE AT MOTEGI

Twin Ring Motegi, Japan– Saturday 14th October

Circuit: Twin Ring Motegi
Circuit Length: 4.8 km

Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
QP: P13; 2’10.538 – 16 laps

Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
QP: P24; 2’11.298 – 16 laps

SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki will start tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix from the fifth and eighth row, after qualifying in 13th [Adam] and 24th [Ayumu] position today.

Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager

“Every session this weekend so far has been wet. We’ve had a few crashes with both riders testing their limits in the tricky conditions.
Adam had a tough but good qualifying; he worked hard to improve and at the end of the day finished thirteenth, which is a decent position for tomorrow’s race. I think he can fight hard here and has a strong possibility to do very well.
We were expecting more from Ayumu today, here at his home race and especially after a solid FP3 this morning. It’s disappointing but as it looks now it will continue raining tomorrow, so we just have to keep working and see if we can further improve in morning warm up. Then it’s down to Ayumu to push hard and do his best in the race.”

#7 Adam Norrodin

“This morning we made really good progress in FP3 and I was improving nearly every lap in the final minutes but then on my last lap I was pushing so hard I crashed. Nevertheless I went into qualifying feeling confident. We started really well and at one point I was fifth. We stayed in the top ten throughout the first half of the session. When I returned to the box we didn’t change anything with the bike, not even the tyres.
I made some good laps in the second half of qualifying but I also had some big moments on the bike, which held me back. In the end we finished P13 which is not such a disaster because we still have a chance to do well tomorrow. I’m a little disappointed because I know I could have done even better but anyway the race is what I have to focus on now; I’m ready to fight hard.”

#71 Ayumu Sasaki

“In FP3 we found a really good setting and we finished the session twelfth.
In qualifying we made some further improvements again and the bike felt even better during my first outing. At this point I was riding in a group and going at their pace, so I struggled to really go and get into a good rhythm.

When I came back in we changed to new tyres. I had a good feeling with the bike but unfortunately this afternoon I made too many mistakes; I couldn’t put together one consistent lap. I’m disappointed with QP but we have found a good race pace here, so I know I can ride at the front, I just have to get myself up there and with the leaders as soon as possible; I have to be very strong on the first few laps!

The forecast for tomorrow is rain but I don’t mind because we have found a good wet setting for our bike. I have confidence for tomorrow.”

SASAKI AND NORRODIN TAKE TOP TWELVE ON DAY ONE AT MOTEGI

Twin Ring Motegi, Japan– Friday 13th October

Circuit: Twin Ring Motegi
Circuit Length: 4.8 km

Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
FP1: P7; 2’11.105 – 15 laps
FP2: P26; 2’14.298 –7 laps

Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
FP1: P11; 2’11.526 – 15 laps
FP2: P20; 2’13.645 – 12 laps

Day one on track at Twin Ring Motegi saw SIC Racing Team riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki test the wet conditions to their limits, concluding practice in 8th [Adam] and 12th [Ayumu] place overall.

#7 Adam Norrodin
“I’m very happy to be back at Motegi; I have a really good feeling with this track. From the start I have felt very focussed to get a good result here.
The weather has not been so great today with a lot of rain but I just concentrated on doing laps alone and finding my rhythm. We had a good first session and made a lot of progress. I kept pushing myself more to see how far I could go and in the end we finished the session 7th.
In FP2 the conditions were quite different although it was still wet and I could feel straight away that the grip was less than before. I tried to stay calm but then in the last corner I made a mistake; I took it too tight and crashed in Turn 14. My mechanics did an excellent job repairing my bike and getting me back out on track for the remaining ten minutes. Unfortunately this wasn’t long enough to make a significant improvement in my lap time but I was still able to build my confidence back up and make a solid plan for the qualifying tomorrow.”

#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“In FP1 we had quite a good feeling on the bike. At the beginning we were not so fast but we continued to work on our set-up and in the end we finished 11th. We had a good pace, so I was happy.
FP2 felt very different and I struggled to get back up to speed. I didn’t have the same feeling as I had in FP1, I don’t know why, so I just took things step by step. We tried a new tyre but I still wasn’t able to improve. I continued to keep pushing a little but then on the lap that I crashed I was trying to catch a rider who just passed me and I lost the front. This was disappointing but overall we are 12th today. The bike is working well and I feel confident ahead of the qualifying tomorrow.”

MOTIVATED FOR MOTEGI, AYUMU SASAKI SETS EXPECTATIONS HIGH FOR HOME RACE

Twin Ring Motegi, Japan– Monday 9th October

Circuit: Twin Ring Motegi
Circuit Length: 4.8 km

Situated amongst the stunning surroundings of the northern Kanto district, the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit in Japan will kick start the first of three back-to-back races for the MotoGP paddock.

Making his debut World Championship appearance on home soil, Ayumu Sasaki is ready to take on the triple header by storm. Determined to achieve his best result of the season, the Moto3 rookie is aiming high as he sets his sights on the battle for the podium.

Happy to be returning to one of his favourite circuits, Adam Norrodin is eager to set the momentum rolling in Japan.
At a circuit that saw the Malaysian rider achieve his best result in his rookie year, the Malaysian rider will be looking to raise the bar and better his results ahead of his home Grand Prix in just over two weeks’ time.

#7 Adam Norrodin
“We have three back-to-back races ahead of us and then the finale at Valencia, so we cannot miss collecting anymore points. The Championship is tight for me, so we have to really focus on getting good results at these last races. Last year we had a good race in Japan and I finished 12th, so my confidence is high right now. I like the track a lot! I’m confident we can do even better this time. I will fight for my best position of the season; I want to be in the top five. It’s very important to me that we find a good momentum this weekend so that I can go to my home GP in Malaysia with a strong mentality and on top form.”

#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“I feel very excited for my home GP and my first race there in the World Championship. Of course there are more nerves than when I go to the other races because I want to do my best in front of my home crowd and not let anyone down.
We are getting closer to the front every race, so I’m pretty confident I can find that little bit more needed in Motegi to finish in my best position of the year. I think it will be tough but at least I know the track already quite well; when I was young I was riding there a lot.
In practice I must really focus again to be fast from the start and do more laps on my own. I want to go into qualifying strong and get a good starting position for the race; then it’s down to me to fight.”

NORRODIN AND SASAKI BATTLE TO THE LINE AT ACTION PACKED ARAGON

MotorLand Aragon, Spain – Sunday 24th September

Circuit: MotorLand Aragon
Circuit Length: 5.1 km

With a delayed start reducing the Moto3 race to just thirteen laps, SIC Racing Team rider Adam Norrodin pushed hard to claim the last point scoring position in 15th place. Crossing the line just behind in 16th, teammate Ayumu Sasaki relentlessly fought to hold onto the leading group, swapping positions throughout and finishing just 2.5 seconds behind first place.

Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager

“It was a hard race for both riders today. Adam started from 13th which wasn’t bad but unfortunately he dropped some positions in the first couple of laps. It looked hard for him to gain them back but he stayed with the first group and finished the race only 2.5 seconds from the win.
We need to get stronger in the races from Japan onwards; we must work to be at the front of the leading group instead of being at the back. Nevertheless I am happy that Adam was able to get one point today especially considering the big crash he had yesterday.
With Ayumu he started further back but he was fighting hard to come up into the points; he was also with the front group. A little bit similar to Adam; it was very hard for him to gain positions and keep them. He couldn’t progress far enough in the group and instead kept losing places. In the end he finished 16th. Ayumu is disappointed because he had a lot more hopes for today because he’s had a very good weekend overall here and was fast throughout all of the practice sessions.
Now we go overseas so we will work on this there and push to improve.”

#7 Adam Norrodin P15

“It’s good to come away with another point today but I’m not that happy with the race. We started 13th so we should have finished in a better position than this. After the big crash yesterday I lost a little confidence and during this morning’s warm up I felt very stiff on the bike. It was hard to get a good rhythm but still I really wanted a good result here.
I didn’t have a good start to the weekend so I tried to fight back from the beginning of today’s race, but what I did wasn’t enough. I really struggled with my rear tyre, so I just tried to manage this as best I could during the race. We were not so far away and I could see the leaders throughout. Our set-up wasn’t so bad, I think we were just missing a little something to make me more comfortable to fight.
For the next Grand Prix in Japan we have to work to improve more at the beginning of the race. We must push to finish in a better position than this. I want to go to my home Grand Prix in Malaysia strong and with good momentum.”

#71 Ayumu Sasaki P16

“All weekend we have been quite strong; I had a good setting so it was quite easy to get a good lap time. After making a mistake in qualifying and starting from 17th place on the grid we had the pace to follow the front group but it wasn’t enough to fight in the braking points. I struggled to outbreak the other riders and that was our weak point today; I think its half my fault and half because we need to set-up the bike to be able to fight during the race, not to just post quick lap times. We have learned a lot here in Aragon. The next race will be my home race in Japan, where it is also a hard braking track, so we have to improve that. Overall the weekend has been positive because we have been up at the front throughout the practice sessions; I hope to do the same again in Japan and add a better race result to this season.”

FIFTH AND SIXTH ROW QUALIFYING FOR SIC RACING TEAM AT ARAGON

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.”

NORRODIN AND SASAKI MAKE SOLID PROGRESS ON DAY ONE AT ARAGON

MotorLand Aragon, Spain – Friday 22nd September

Circuit: MotorLand Aragon
Circuit Length: 5.1 km

Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
FP1: P22; 2’01.209 – 16 laps
FP2: P18; 2’00.838 –7 laps

Bike #71 – Ayumu Sasaki
FP1: P15; 2’00.647 – 16 laps
FP2: P4; 2’00.045 – 7 laps

SIC Racing Team rider Ayumu Sasaki concluded the opening day of the Aragon Grand Prix in an impressive 4th place at the end of Free Practice two, elevating the rookie to 12th position in the combined times.

Adam Norrodin had a slower start to proceedings but continued to make steady progress throughout both of Friday’s practice sessions. Despite an overall position of 22nd place, the nineteen year-old Malaysian is confident he can improve ahead of tomorrow’s Moto3 qualifying.

#7 Adam Norrodin
“We had a really good test here earlier in the year, so I was really looking forward to FP1. The beginning of the session was not so great; I was able to improve my lap time towards the end but for me it was still not good enough. Most of the field put everything into the last three minutes and I ended up dropping back down the timesheets. In all honesty this was down to me; I didn’t push enough and I struggled to find my rhythm.
In the beginning of FP2 it was raining a little so the track conditions were not great. It started to dry as the session progressed and we were able to get back out on track and improve our lap time. On our last outing we put in the new tyres. The bike felt good and I was improving in every sector but then in sector three I made a mistake and went wide; I lost too much to make up for it in sector four. I’m a little disappointed because that would have been a really good lap, but I’m still confident that I can do well here. The bike feels good and there’s really nothing to change; it’s working well. Improving tomorrow will come down to me; I have to push harder and make the step for qualifying.”

#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“In the beginning of FP1 I focussed on making a good lap time alone; I had a pretty good feeling from the first outing. I felt confident about today because we tested here in the summer. Towards the end we used a new tyre but I didn’t make a great lap time because I was in a group and couldn’t find the best place to ride; we finished 15th but I knew we could go faster and do better.
In FP2 it was a little wet at the start of the practice but half way through the session we were able to go out on slicks with a new tyre. We improved the lap time from FP1, so I’m pretty happy. I feel good about tomorrow, we have another chance to improve the lap time. I think for sure with the soft tyre we can go even faster and do a really good job in qualifying. Today has been a positive first day.”

NORRODIN AND SASAKI CAUGHT OUT BY CONDITIONS AT MISANO

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.”