CIA Landlord Insurance Honda conclude first test of 2019 at Portimão

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda completed a successful two-day test at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve today with the team happy overall with the progress made.

The fair weather testing at the 4.592km Portuguese circuit gave rider Jules Danilo good track time to focus on settling in to the new team aboard the Honda CBR600RR as he debuted at a new circuit in a new Championship.

Danilo declared himself happy with his progress: “It was exciting to be back on a race bike, I hadn’t ridden since Valencia so that was a positive for me.   There’s lots to learn, the bike and the track especially was quite difficult at first but we made some progress over the two days. I’m happy with how the team works I think we are getting on well.   I am sure that if we keep on working we will be ready for Philip Island, that’s the goal.  We still have one more test and I’m looking forward to that.   I like Philip Island, I’ve done well there in the past so I can’t wait to get started.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “It’s been a really good test.  We have to bear in mind that Jules had never ridden at Portimão before, never ridden a World Supersport bike and never ridden on Pirelli tyres before, so he has progressed over the two days and has started to understand the bike, how to get the best out of the tyres compared to what he rode in Moto2.  He made a big improvement on day two so we are pleased and we can be optimistic to go to Australia and another two days of testing with Jules and Peter together. The bike worked well, the team worked well we’ve done a lot of work improving and upspeccing the bike and now to be running the Mektronic with the FIM WSS firmware there’s some work needs to be done there but we are looking forward to a strong start to the season.  Well done to the team, let’s see what we can do.”