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Qualifying - Moto3 2016 at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan
JAPAN - QUALIFYING
NORRODIN SHINES AT MOTEGI; KORNFEIL DETERMINED TO REGAIN FIGHTING FORM
Twin Ring Motegi, Japan – Saturday 15th October 2016
Circuit: Twin Ring Motegi
Circuit Length: 4.8 km
Bike #84 – Jakub Kornfeil
QP: P21; 1’57.236 – 16 laps
Bike #7 – Adam Norrodin
QP: P9; 1’56.873 – 14 laps
DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team rider Adam Norrodin stormed into the top ten this afternoon to secure an impressive 9th place in qualifying.
The Moto3 rookie continued to show his good form around the Japanese circuit with another solid performance in today’s forty minute qualifying practice. Breaking into the 1m56s lap times and finishing just 0.430s off pole position, Norrodin looks set to tackle tomorrow’s twenty lap race with force, as he lines up on the third row of the grid.
Teammate Jakub Kornfeil experienced a harder afternoon around the Twin Ring Motegi as he continued to battle with his feeling on board the #84 Honda machinery. Despite finishing only 0.793s behind pole and achieving his quickest time of the weekend, the Czech rider will start the Japanese Grand Prix from row seven.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
"For Adam it’s been a great weekend so far! He’s done well in every session here. We knew he was capable of a good result today but qualifying is always tricky and you have to make a good strategy, which Adam did very well. He played it smart and made a great lap to qualify ninth. It was a big effort from him and I’m very happy with his continuous progress this weekend. I just hope that he can take full advantage of this position, be aggressive from the start and make a good race. He really wants to finish in the points and he is more than capable of this.
Jakub has been struggling a little bit more with the bike this weekend. We’ve changed the set-up quite a bit but he still hasn’t been able to find a good feeling with it. We need to figure out why and try something in warm-up tomorrow. I’m not worried about him starting from 21st place, as we’ve see before he has the ability to come through the field and make a good race. We just need to keep our heads down, work hard and aim for the top ten with him tomorrow; I’m confident with his determination he can achieve this."
#84 Jakub Kornfeil
"From the beginning of qualifying I was not really riding with the fastest riders and I also couldn’t find the perfect setting on my bike. I struggled quite a bit with it and had to be really careful opening the gas. I was still trying to push because I knew we may not be able to find a solution during the session but I really wasn’t happy with my feeling on the bike, in particularly in the corners; I don’t know why it was like this; maybe I’m too aggressive or something but nevertheless I could always feel that something wasn’t quite right.
We continued to try and improve the bike and little by little it felt better, but not enough. I think the most improvement came from the new tyres, which luckily we always had.
The last run before the chequered flag was my best and I was able to follow Bastiannini, which helped me a lot. I thought I was on for a good position with a lap time in the low 1m57s but unfortunately had I managed to take just two tenths off my time, I could have been much higher up the grid tomorrow, but this is racing! Everybody is so close here. I think the race will be very hard because it’s quite a long track but despite this, most of the riders are doing similar lap times and I’m losing only 0.7s to the front guy, which is nothing.
Tonight we must continue to analyse the data and work on the bike and then use the warm-up to make progress. I’m not happy with my grid position today but I feel confident that we can turn this weekend around and finish with a good result here in Japan."
#7 Adam Norrodin
"I’m really happy with today’s result. This is our best qualifying so far and I want to say a big thank you to my team for giving me a great bike and supporting me throughout. I had already ridden at this circuit before, so I was really looking forward to this Grand Prix. Yesterday we had a really good pace and so today I just refreshed my mind and rode the bike as best as I could.
I knew that we could improve the lap time but I had no idea we could make it into the top ten.
In the last lap I had one moment where I almost crashed but I just quickly put it to the back of my head and in the final minutes I found myself a good place to make a lap time. I knew it was then or never to improve; I gritted my teeth and took the opportunity. We have worked hard all weekend, so being in the top ten is like a bonus to me. For sure for tomorrow we will continue to work hard, plan wisely and fight for the points."