CIA Landlord Insurance Honda today arrive at the legendary TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands for round four of the 2019 FIM Supersport World Championship.
Confidence is high in the team going into the Motul Dutch round at the iconic 4.5km ‘Cathedral of Speed’ after Peter Sebestyen’s impressive 11th place finish from the back of the grid last weekend at Motorland Aragon. Sebestyen is determined to build on his greater understanding of the Honda CBR600RR to challenge inside the top ten in Holland.
Sebestyen said: “I really enjoyed the race in Aragon, because I had a great fight with other riders. We improved a lot on the bike and understood much better what kind of settings I like on the Honda. I’m sure we will achieve better results in Assen if we keep working in that way. Assen is a track where I have had really good and really bad races too. But as Simon told me, I have to push more and work better on the FPs for a better Superpole result. I’ll work on this during the Dutch weekend and then fight as hard and aggressively as I did in Aragon last weekend. The biggest question is the weather conditions. I think it will be a cold and rainy weekend and then we have to work a lot on the wet settings but I’m confident because the team always does a good job.”
Teammate, Jules Danilo also arrives at Assen fully focused and aiming to improve on his points scoring performance in Spain with a strong top ten challenge in Sunday’s 18-lap race. The 23 year old is keen to keep the momentum of the progress he made in the last race for further improvement in the Netherlands.
Danilo said: “Assen is a track I really like, I’ve achieved my best results there in GPs. I think we can have a good weekend. The weather does look a bit strange at the moment but it looks like it will be dry. If we can just continue where we left off. Aragon was a bit of a tricky one but we made a step on Sunday and I think it helped me to understand how to ride this bike. If we can have a smooth weekend; keep on improving, be fast from FP1 onwards we can get back into the top ten and score some good points for the Championship.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Both riders will come here in a confident mood after two strong points scoring finishes last weekend in Aragon. I believe it was the best Peter has ridden our bike since he started riding for us and Jules found a step in the race. Jules is a tall rider so we had to change the balance of the bike to suit that so we are expecting a strong showing from him here. He likes this track and he’s confident of a top ten challenge so we’ve come here in good spirits.”
World Supersport action kicks off with Free Practice One on Friday at 11:30 (local time).