Chang International Circuit in Thailand is the venue for the second round of the 2019 FIM Supersport World Championship this weekend and CIA Landlord Insurance Honda riders Jules Danilo and Peter Sebestyen are confident they can build on the strong start made at the season opener in Australia last month.
Arriving in Thailand hugely motivated on the back of a career best finish last time out at Philip Island, Hungarian Peter Sebestyen is prepared for the physical challenge of the oppressive heat and humidity in Buriram. He said: “I can’t wait to be on my bike and race again. Obviously we analysed my performance from Australia and I know what my strengths and weaknesses are which I will use to build up everything. I am very much motivated after Australia; I will push even harder. My goal will be the same as last time, top 10 results and to get the best from myself and from the bike. I know this track, I like it and I know it can be very good for our Honda machines. I have been training hard to prepare for the heat which is always a challenge in Thailand.”
Teammate Jules Danilo is also enthusiastic to get Round Two underway after a convincing start to his World Supersport career in Australia and the young Frenchman has Championship points in his sights in Buriram. Danilo said: “I am really looking forward to this weekend. We started off positively at Philip Island and I want to continue in that way over here in Thailand. It is a track I discovered last year in MotoGP for the first time. It is not a super difficult track which means that everyone is fast so that makes it hard to make the difference but I am sure after the experience of the first round we’ll be even stronger here. The aim definitely is to be faster in the sessions and work on the race pace because this round won’t be interrupted with tyre issues. We’ll work on that but I am confident we can do a good job here in Thailand.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “The team did a fantastic job in Australia with a great pit stop strategy, if anything we gained time from that. Now we are looking to improve again in round two. Both riders should understand the track well with being here before, and we have really good data from previous riders like Cluzel and Smith who were both very fast here. So we have good data and as always a good team behind us. It’s always a challenge but it is a track where our bike has been very fast in the past. The heat is another experience of course but it’s the same for everyone so let’s see what we can do this weekend and look to improve on our results from Australia and keep building as the season goes on.”
World Supersport action kicks off at the Chang International Circuit with Free Practice One on Friday at 11:30 (local time).