Rosell battles the tropical heat and the challenge of another new circuit
QMMF Racing Team rider Elena Rosell made the best out of a difficult first day of practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Rosell, who had never been in Malaysia before, struggled with the tropical heat and the difficult layout of the fast and flowing Sepang circuit, but adapted to the new challenges quickly and marked the 32nd time.
Both riders would have liked to continue with the set-up work on their bikes in the afternoon, but several downpours made the task impossible. At the beginning of the second free practice session, the track was damp and there was little to learn, so Rosell and many other riders waited in their garages for the track to dry up. Instead, the rain came back towards the end. In fully wet conditions, West and Rosell went out once again to get the right feeling for their bikes in case of bad weather during the race, but the lap times remained insignificant.
Elena Rosell – 31st in 2.14,073
“To tell the truth, I was suffering a bit on this first day of practice at Sepang. It’s a new track for me with a challenging layout, it’s very fast and there are many interlinking corners where you have to find and follow a very precise line despite the width of the track. And of course, you feel the tropical heat. Even at higher speeds, there seems to be no wind to cool you down, all you feel is the rising heat from the engine. After the first free practice this morning, which was in dry and hot conditions, I got off the bike with muscle fatigue. Things would have been bit easier for me in the afternoon, because I started to know my way around the circuit, but then the downpours happened and since it made no sense to take risks in half-wet conditions, I waited for a long time in the garage in order to see how things would develop. When it rained again and the track was completely wet, I finally went out and found the feeling in the wet step by step. Tomorrow, I want to learn the track a bit more and then do my best in qualifying!”