The Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours is the venue for round ten of the FIM Supersport World Championship this weekend and with his first podium finish of the year secured last time out in Portugal, CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Kyle Smith is looking to keep the momentum going at the Acerbis French round.
Smith said: “I’m very eager for the next round after a strong finish in Portugal. Hopefully we can carry on working in the same direction and keep the results coming.”
Teammate Hungarian Peter Sebestyen is also keen to capitalise on lessons identified two weeks ago in Portugal and is ready to challenge for points at the last European round of 2018.
Sebestyen said: “After Portimão I’m really motivated. It was a very difficult weekend for me but also a good lesson. Now I understand how I should work more professionally and build up a race weekend. Magny-Cours is a track I like so much because of its tricky conditions, I had some great results there. I can’t wait to sit on my Honda again to improve my riding style and get those points I missed in Portimão. I’ve had experience with the bike in heat with hot tyres, now I will see how it works in cooler temperatures. I’m really curious about it but also calm because the team is very professional and can always react to the new conditions and give me the best advice.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “We go to Magny-Cours this weekend in a really buoyant mood after a tremendous result in Portimão where we showed proper race pace. We still need to do a bit for a better qualifying to make the job easier for us although Kyle did make a good start. That’s an improvement for him, he’s been practicing starts so if we can improve qualifying as well and maintain our race performance there is no reason why we can’t challenge at the front again in France and for the remaining two races of the season especially as we know Kyle is very strong in Qatar and Argentina is new to everyone. So we are in a very confident frame of mind going into this event, we hope to improve more with our new MecTronik electronic system and concentrate on every other area of the bike as we always do.”
“Peter Sebestyen showed fantastic performance without the benefit of testing in his first race at Misano finishing just outside the points. In his second race at Portimão he was in the points and points were there to be had, obviously he would have inherited more even if he’d not overtaken anyone else but I think he just rushed it a bit. An expression I always use is ‘never allow passion to overtake cool calm thinking’, he needs to work on that this weekend and get those result and points finishes to put us all in a good position to look toward 2019 together. We are confident we will deliver the package that Peter needs to showcase his potential ahead of 2019, he just needs to remain focused and concentrate to deliver the results that we all know he is capable of.”
World Supersport action kicks off at Magny-Cours with Free Practice One on Friday at 10:40hrs (local time).