Chang International Circuit in Thailand is the host for the second round of the World Supersport Championship this weekend and CIA Landlord Insurance Honda riders; Cluzel, Okubo and Mulhauser are confident they can bounce back from a disappointing first round in Australia.
Okubo and Mulhauser both saw points scoring opportunities slip away at Philip Island and Cluzel’s potential victory was denied him, but that misfortune has made the team all the more determined to put the injury and disappointment behind them in the heat of Buriram.
Hikari Okubo had successful surgery on the broken collar bone he sustained in Australia and is confident of his fitness for the next race. He said: “I am feeling much better now. It is not a big problem so I think I can do good work this weekend. In Australia I think my lap times were better than the previous year in every session so I am not nervous for Chang and I believe I can do it.”
Jules Cluzel has worked hard on his recovery after Caricasulo collided with him in the race at Philip Island and is confident of his fitness for this weekend, he said: “I feel better for sure. I feel I will have no problem to ride the bike so I am not worried about that. I am really excited to be back on the bike because we were really strong in Australia and I think we can continue in this way. It will be important to get big points at this race. The target as always will be to be the fastest I can. I always love to be in Thailand and I really enjoy riding at this circuit. I always have good memories because I won here last year and I was on my way to win the first year so it is good for me.”
Robin Mulhauser’s debut outing with CIA Landlord Insurance Honda ended in the dirt down under and, luckily uninjured, he is looking forward to the challenge of his first visit to the Chang International Circuit. Robin said: “This is a new destination for me. I’m looking forward to discovering this beautiful circuit which looks like it could really correspond to my riding style. I’m a little bit worried about the heat but it’ll be the same for everyone so let’s go full gas and bring a good result back home.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager, Simon Buckmaster said: “After the disappointment of Philip Island, we arrive in Thailand in good shape. Hikari ‘s surgery was a success and he is determined to finish in the top ten. Jules’s recovery is a tribute to his dedication to the Championship and he is confident he can challenge for the victory again here. Robin started well in Australia and I am hopeful of a points scoring finish from him this weekend.”