Circuito de Jerez
Circuit Length: 4.423 km
It was a historic day for the SIC Racing Team which took part in its first official test session at the Jerez Circuit yesterday. While wet conditions prevented a full blown test, the new Malaysian team’s riders, Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Jakub Kornfeil, managed to clock some valuable track time today.
Team manager, Johan Stiggefelt reported that due to the rain, the morning session was delayed until 11.30am. “We were on full wet tyres, as was everyone else. Fahmi was quite fast and did good laps in the wet. It was difficult to work on the long runs due to the wet, so we worked on the suspension settings and we found a good feeling for Fahmi,” said Stiggefelt.
He was pleased with Zulfahmi who was among the fastest Moto3 riders today when he posted a time of 2.00.5 before lunch on the KTM bike. The team then waited for the skies to clear up before heading out again. “We waited until 3.00pm to go out again so we could use the dry tyres. We went out on medium front and medium rear tyres.”
Stiggefelt explained that Fahmi stopped testing at 5.00pm to give way to Kornfeil. “The weather is not looking too good for the next and so we decided to rest Zulfahmi and give Jakup some time on the bike.”
At the end of the test today, Zulfahmi’s best lap time was 1:49.5 while Czech Kornfeil was timed at 1:49.7. The fastest rider today was South African Brad Binder whose best was 1:47.8.
“Overall it was a good test for us today. We are learning the bike quite fast and I believe that at the end of three days of testing here, we will know what we need to know. We will be ready for the Sepang Test in February.”
The test sessions continue at the Jerez Circuit today.