The Losail International Circuit in Doha plays host to the final round of the 2019 FIM Supersport World Championship on Saturday evening and CIA Landlord Insurance Honda riders Peter Sebestyen & Jules Danilo are looking forward to a strong season finale under the floodlights at the desert circuit.
Danilo is certain of his Losail track knowledge and has confidence in his Honda CBR600RR machine at the 5.38km circuit. The Frenchman heads to Qatar hoping for a strong end to the season.
Danilo said: “It’s the last race of the season already, it’s gone by really quick I must say. I’ve definitely enjoyed myself. They are a good bunch of guys in the team and even though the results haven’t been what I anticipated at the start and also my position now in the Championship isn’t so great, it was a good experience. Now I just want to finish on a high at a track that I know very well and I’ve done well at in the past. I know that the bike is strong at this track so I really want to be on the pace right from the start, be fast in every single session. I’ve trained hard for this last race so hopefully I can be consistent from Thursday evening onwards. I’m looking for my best result of the year.”
Teammate Sebestyen enjoyed his first World Supersport top ten finish in Qatar last year and the young Hungarian is determined to achieve his goal of finishing in the top ten in the 2019 Championship standings.
Sebestyen said: “I’m really looking forward to racing in Qatar. We saw on the last races that we can challenge for better positions than tenth and I think Qatar will be the best track for us. It’s so fast and flowing, just perfect for our settings and riding style. I have to do my best to fight with the top group because I would like to finish in the top ten in the Championship. I think it is possible but we have to be focused and work without any mistakes. This is the last race of the season and I would like to achieve a good result to give thanks to my team and my sponsors.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “At the last round in Argentina Peter looked to have made the next step. He was challenging for the top six all through practice. He slid off on the second lap of qualifying which was a real shame. He lost a little bit of momentum and slightly injured his left foot. He didn’t make the best start and then lost that leading group; so in what looked like being our best race of the season Peter finished eleventh. The good thing was it showed our bike to be strong at a circuit where we previously thought it wasn’t and now we are going to a track where we know our bike is strong, we’ve had some great results there in the past. So lets look for Peter to make that step to challenge for the top six then we can go into 2020 in a really positive frame of mind.”
“For Jules we will change the engine he used in Argentina to the one he used successfully in Magny Cours. The potential is there with Jules, this is his last chance to show it so let’s see what we can do working with him to finish this year in the way that we know he is capable of. It’s not been a terrible year we’ve not had any podiums which is very unusual for us a team but we can be proud of the way we’ve developed and progressed two young riders. We are looking to do a lot better next year and we have some exciting announcements coming up. Let’s look to finish the season the high.”
World Supersport action kicks off at the Losail International Circuit with Free Practice One on Thursday at 16:00hrs (local time).