Starting from 12th and 13th positions on the grid respectively, Jules Danilo and Peter Sebestyen will target the top ten in tomorrow’s 16-lap World Supersport race at Philip Island in Australia.
Frenchman Danilo made a step up posting a time of 1’34.052 on his first run in the Superpole qualifying session today and will start his first ever World Supersport race from the fourth row of the grid.
Danilo said: “I am quite happy with how qualifying went because I have been struggling a bit all weekend to get to grips with the bike. Not with how it is set up but with having to ride it how it should be ridden and in qualifying I think I understood a few things and it feels really nice. I think there are a few small things we can improve for tomorrow but today I’m satisfied with P12. I know I could have done better and in fact in my two fast laps I made two big mistakes which cost me some time so that’s a shame but it will come, it’s been a positive day. Tomorrow it’s going be a tricky race, it won’t be won on pure speed because we have a pit stop so there is a lot of time to make or lose there and we will try to get that perfect. Thanks to the team.”
Teammate, Hungarian Peter Sebestyen was unable to improve on his time set in the morning’s Free Practice session when he encountered traffic on the 4.445km Australian circuit and heads up the fifth row of the grid for tomorrow’s season opener.
Sebestyen said: “I’m a little bit disappointed after qualifying. In the morning we improved a lot and I felt that I could improve more in qualifying. Everything was good and I felt good on the bike I just made mistakes and got into traffic so my two best laps just weren’t fast enough to qualify where we should be. I still feel confident about the race tomorrow because the bike is ok and I think I can do a good job on the tyres. We have to focus a lot on constant and clean laps and also on the pit stop but I think the team will make a good job so I am hoping for the top ten tomorrow.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “We have to say we’re a little bit disappointed because we didn’t maximise our potential there. We have good race pace and Jules was up to 34.0 but then he couldn’t quite find the extra couple of tenths that would make all the difference to go to the top ten. You can see from sixth to tenth is half a second so he is in that fight. He is confident of that so we need to make a good pit stop which I’m very confident of doing so we will look forward to the race tomorrow. On Peter’s first run he got in traffic with a bad group so he didn’t improve his time, in fact he was nearly a half a second or more slower. His second run again he was blocked by a load of riders looking for a tow, this needs looking into but that only messed up one lap. That probably disappointed him and then he wasn’t able to raise his game and do the time he is more than capable of in the 33s. So both riders have the potential to challenge for a really good result tomorrow. We need to look for a good start and do a good pit stop to start our season in a good way.”
Results Tissot Superpole
1 F. Caricasulo 1’32.604
2 R. Krummenacher +0.079
3 J. Cluzel +0.539
4 R. De Rosa +0.650
5 F. Fuligni +0.790
6 T. Gradinger +0.995
7 H. Barbera +1.017
8 H. Okubo +1.152
9 L. Mahias +1.200
10 H. Soomer +1.234
12 J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +1.448
13 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +1.581