Adam, Ayumu gear up for pre-sea­son

New Straits Times - - Sport - Farah Azharie

Nor­rodin and Ayumu Sasaki will zoom around the Cir­cuito de Jerez, Spain, to­day with pro­fes­sional rid­ers from other teams as they gear up for their first of­fi­cial Moto3 pre­sea­son test.

Go­ing to Europe af­ter a suc­cess­ful first test on the team’s home turf in Malaysia, Adam and Ayumu are de­ter­mined to make progress on their Honda NSF250RW.

“It’s been a long time since we rode along­side other Moto3 teams and this can change many things,” said Adam.

Adam will com­pete in his sec­ond year in the cham­pi­onship while Ayumu will make his de­but for the Sepang In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit (SIC) Rac­ing Team.

“We worked a lot on the bike in Malaysia, so we don’t have any­thing big to test this time in terms of chas­sis and sus­pen­sion but for sure, we will make some ad­just­ments,” said Ayumu.

The 2016 Red Bull Rook­ies cham­pion has set­tled in well with his new team, forg­ing a good un­der­stand­ing with his tech­ni­cal crew.

For Adam and Ayumu, the Sepang out­ing ben­e­fited them a lot but for team man­ager Jo­han Stige­felt, there is much to be done over the three days in Spain.

“We still have things to work on, which we will carry out but over­all, both the crew and rid­ers al­ready have a good un­der­stand­ing of the new bike and we’re con­fi­dent we can make good progress at this test,” said Stige­felt.

Stige­felt’s main con­cern, how­ever, is the weather in Spain as March is said to be the cold­est month of the year.

“Of course the weather in Spain al­ways plays a big part, so let’s see how that turns out be­cause it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how the other Moto3 rid­ers on the track do,” said Stige­felt.

Adam Nor­rodin

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