CIA Landlord Insurance Honda get back to business after the long summer break this weekend for round nine of the 2019 FIM Supersport World Championship at Portimao in Portugal.
French rider, Jules Danilo returns to Portugal following a positive test at the demanding 4.6km circuit two weeks ago and is aiming to consign his bad luck last time out at Donington Park to history. Danilo said: “I’m really looking forward to Portimao, first of all because we have been out of racing for close to two months now but especially because we had a test there last week and we were able to try many things on the bike. We had a few question marks with regards to settings and I think we were able to answer most of those so now we can head into the weekend. I’m pretty relaxed, just some fine tuning and then the rest is up to me. It’s a track that’s very physical, it’s good that we tested there early in the season and again last week because it is a tough one but I think we can do a good job and it looks like everyone is motivated for these last races.”
Despite having to sit out the Portimao test for contractual reasons, teammate Peter Sebestyen remains confident of improvement at the fast, undulating Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, he said: “It’s hard to explain how much I have been waiting for this race weekend. The summer break was really long, but on the other hand I had time to improve myself. I was working very hard during these weeks to be prepared. I did a lot of training hours with my CBR600RR on short tracks, started to work on my off road skills with a Hungarian ex-motocross rider, I was able to participate in the Hungarian Drag Championship with my stock Honda, to practice the starts and of course I worked a lot on my physical level. Unfortunately I couldn’t be on the test, but I feel super confident, because I’ve done my job, and my crew chief Andy let me know that the test went well and they could solve some setting problems from the past. I really trust in my team and I’m sure they are preparing a good bike for me to fight for the top positions. For sure, on Friday morning I would like to do as many laps as possible to get in the rhythm again. I like Portimao, this is one of my favourite tracks because it has some really tricky and fast points as a real racing circuit. I had good memories from there, and I know the Honda also works well there.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “We’ve managed to sort out the difficulties with Peter’s situation and we welcome him back to the team for the Portimao race. Obviously he missed the test but I don’t really expect that to affect him. We’re looking to continue with his growth in the team this year and consolidate his tenth place in the Championship and look to move to ninth or even eighth place. So we are really pleased to welcome Peter back and we are looking for a good weekend.”
“Jules seems in a confident mood following the test, he feels he learned a lot and that he can challenge strongly in the race. I’ve always said we believe he has the talent to challenge in the top ten and look for that top six but he needs to make it happen. He’s a great guy who works well with the team. All I can say is we are right behind him and there are four races left this year for him to start to show his true potential and look to 2020. Let’s make it happen this weekend.”
The World Supersport action from Portimao kicks off with Free Practice One on Friday at 11:30 (local time).