CIA Landlord Insurance riders, Peter Sebestyen and Jules Danilo both concluded the 2019 FIM Supersport World Championship with strong points scoring finishes this evening in Qatar.
With the possibility of inclement weather threatening the Arabian Peninsula, the decision was made to bring the 15-lap World Supersport race forward one hour but still provided the night-time spectacle under the floodlights.
Peter Sebestyen took advantage of his promotion to thirteenth on the starting grid after De Rosa’s three position penalty was imposed and the young Hungarian wrapped up the 2019 season with an eleventh place, narrowly missing out on his goal of top ten in the overall Championship standings.
Sebestyen said: “I think after a difficult weekend like this it was the maximum. It could be better but I was in traffic for the first few corners so I couldn’t get into my rhythm. After the line was clear in front of me I saw Badovini. At the beginning of the race as always they could gain a little bit of a gap but after I just did my lap times constantly. I had a really good pace and I could catch Badovini but I made a little mistake so I was too far from him in the last corner and the slip stream just wasn’t enough. I think I did a good race and I would like to say a huge thanks to the team for the whole season.”
Teammate Jules Danilo also benefitted from De Rosa’s penalty to start the race one position higher in eleventh. The Frenchman fought hard to keep the charging Gradinger behind him but just lost out on the line to finish thirteenth.
Danilo said: “I gave everything today and it wasn’t enough. That was my pace from the beginning and I couldn’t go any faster, it was difficult to manage. I was pushing every lap to maintain the 2 or 3s and they kept on going. I was riding defensively and I thought I could keep Gradinger behind. I’m disappointed to end the season like this but life goes on. I enjoyed the season, I didn’t get the results I wanted and I think I could have done better but overall it’s been enjoyable.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Peter just couldn’t pass Badovini at the line and Jules was passed by Gradinger on the last lap. It’s the same story, you have to be focused and concentrate from the very start of the weekend to the end but we were weak in FP3 and we weren’t strong in qualifying. Warm up was not so bad for Peter in the top ten but, starting from 13th on the grid on the fifth row is always going to be difficult. He didn’t make the first few corners so then he lost the tow. If you look at the time data in the race, yes he’s doing the lap times to be in that fight for 6, 7 or 8th place. All I can say is, as always, as a team this year we did a good job. Everyone in the team worked well so I want to thank my whole team for doing a fantastic job and being fully committed and to Jules and Peter for being good to work with. Let’s look forward now to the 2020 season, we have some exciting announcements to make in the near future and next year we will be in a stronger position, challenging at the front I’m confident of that.”
1 L. Mahias
2 J. Cluzel +0.868
3 I. Vinales +3.332
4 F. Caricasulo +8.033
5 R. Krummenacher +8.430
6 C. Perolari +8.482
7 R. De Rosa +9.527
8 H. Okubo +9.670
9 K. Smith +11.533
10 A. Badovini +16.242
11 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +16.249
13 J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +25.557