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Free Practice - Moto3 2016 at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan
JAPAN - FREE PRACTICE
SOLID START FOR NORRODIN IN JAPAN; BITTERSWEET DAY ONE FOR KORNFEIL
Twin Ring Motegi, Japan – Friday 14th October 2016
Circuit: Twin Ring Motegi
Circuit Length: 4.8 km
Bike #84 – Jakub Kornfeil
FP1: P14; 1'58.428 – 15 laps
FP2: P22; 1'58.444 – 15 laps
Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
FP1: P18; 1’58.930 – 14 laps
FP2: P15; 1’58.071 –14 laps
DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team rider Adam Norrodin made a solid start to his Japanese Grand Prix weekend. Focusing hard on adapting his riding style on board the Honda NSF250RW around the impressive Twin Ring Motegi circuit, the Moto3 rookie made good progress throughout both practice sessions, finishing the day in a respectable 15th place.
Teammate Jakub Kornfeil ended day one with mixed emotions after struggling to maintain his focus on board the #84 machine. Despite concluding the day in 22nd position, Kornfeil took full advantage of his time on track to test new settings and find the optimal set-up ahead oftomorrow's qualifying.
#84 Jakub Kornfeil
"This morning’s practice was not so bad. We tried something new in the front fork but unfortunately it didn’t work for me but still this gave us a better direction for Free Practice Two. In the afternoon my feeling on the bike was much better but I wasn’t happy with myself because I didn’t achieve the targets I had set. I think our strategy and my bike is good and I know it’s capable of a much quicker time. I think today I was just too distracted by the other riders; I was the leader of the group on track and I could always feel them behind me, which really took my attention away from the task at hand. I could not focus on my own job and this was my mistake. I should have been in the middle of the group, not at the front and this is why I didn’t make a faster lap time today. I’m disappointed with my performance but I know I can do better. For sure the bike can do a 1m57s lap time, I just need to regain my focus, concentrate on my riding and push hard."
#7 Adam Norrodin
"The more I ride at this track the more I like it! In FP1 I initially struggled with my feeling on the bike because we had some issues with the gears, but we found a solution and it really improved. For second practice I went into the session with a fresh head and really focussed on regaining the time I lost in FP1. In the end we improved quite a lot, so for me today has been quite good. We had a target and I achieved it, so I’m pleased about this, but now I have to continue this way. I’m happy with the set-up on my bike; for tomorrow I must concentrate more on myself. My riding style is still not perfect here but I’m confident that I can improve this and go faster again ahead of qualifying tomorrow. Tonight I will go over everything and work out where I am making mistakes and what I can do to be better. It would be great to have a strong weekend here and this is exactly what I am aiming for!"