LAST_UPDATEFri, 20 Jul 2018 7pm

Adam Finds The Going Tough In Germany

KUALA LUMPUR: Adam Norrodin still has much work to do if he is to score points after making a lukewarm start to the German Motorcycle Grand Prix today.

The Petronas Sprinta Racing rider's one minute and 28.638 second lap was only good for 22nd in the first free practice (FP1) at the Sachsenring circuit. Adam then shaved half a second off his laptime but his 1:28.028s only moved him up to 20th.

Teammate Ayumu Sasaki fared marginally better with his 1:28.521s placing him 18th in FP1. The Japanese rider then clocked an improved 1:27.662s for 16th in FP2.

Adam said he struggled with chatter in the latter stages of FP2.

"I felt good on the hard tyre in FP2 but we were just lacking a little pace so we switched to the mediums. Unfortunately after the change, the bike started chattering and that affected my riding," said Adam.

"We need to figure out the tyre setting as we will be using the mediums in qualifying."

Both Adam and Ayumu are looking to notch improved performances in Germany having finished far from the points in 20th and 21st in the race at Assen a fortnight ago.

Spaniard Jorge Martin of Del Conca Gresini emerged the fastest rider in both FP1 (1:27.272s) and FP2 (1:26.938s).

In Moto2, Khairul Idham Pawi (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) was 25th in FP1 after clocking 1:26.328s but managed a commendable fourth in FP2 on 1:24.830s.

SIC Racing Team's Niki Tuuli was well off the pace in FP1 at Sachsenring with his 1:27.620s lap placing him 31st from 33 riders. He dropped to 32nd in FP2 (1:27.494s).

The Finn missed the Assen race after injuring his left finger, which required partial amputation, after crashing in qualifying but has been given the all-clear to race in Germany.

Swiss Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing) topped FP1 on 1:25.172s while Spaniard Xavi Vierge (Dynavolt Intact GP) was fastest in FP2 on 1:24.750s.