Norrodin, Date, and Toba performed well during qualifying in the FIM CEV Repsol at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Saturday played host to the two qualifying sessions for round three of the Moto3™ Junior World Championship at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, before two races on Sunday.
The three riders of the Asia Talent Team, Kaito Toba, Yuta Date and Adam Norrodin impressed as they showed a definite improvement from previous rounds. Having clearly adapted to the competitive nature of the championship, and also benefitted from the data gained at their recent test at the track, Norrodin finished tenth on the combined timesheets, with Toba in eleventh and Date 18th.
The day was extremely hot, which led to most of the fastest times being set in the cooler conditions during the first qualifying session in the morning. Norrodin set his best time of 1’52.411 in that session, before suffering from a technical issue in the afternoon.
Toba unfortunately crashed towards the end of the first session, but was unhurt, although it did mean his time was affected. In the afternoon, he managed to recover to improve, despite the hotter conditions, to record a 1’52.467.
Yuta Date improved by almost a second over the course of the day, setting his best time of 1’52.752 in the afternoon session as well, which was good enough for 18th on the grid.
The three riders are in a group of sixteen separated by just one second, which is testament to the incredibly high level of the championship.
Honda rider Joan Mir took pole with a time of 1’51.058.
Hiroshi Aoyama – Rider’s Adviser:
“Today all three riders improved compared to yesterday’s Free Practices. It was not so easy but each rider push harder, so we get a little bit better results.
Date is struggling with the feeling on the bike, but it looks like he has now found a way how to manage the bike, so this is positive for him.
Toba unfortunately crashed in the morning, so he couldn't set up a good lap time in the morning session. But in the afternoon session he improved even under worst track conditions, which is a positive for him. Looks like his rhythm is not so bad, he must do a good start to be able to follow the group in the front.
For Adam we are sorry for him as he improved in the morning in a very good way, but he had a technical problem very early in the afternoon session so he couldn't push for better lap time. The positive thing is that he improved a lot his times compared to the free practices, he also has good feeling with the chassis set up so he shall manage well for Sunday's races.
I think all three riders are on the way to fight in the front group on Sunday's races.
The two Moto3™ Junior World Championship races take place at 12:00 & 15:00 local time. You can watch both races live via this link on youtube.