CIA Landlord Insurance Honda riders, Peter Sebestyen and Jules Danilo head to Spain this weekend for round three of the 2019 FIM Supersport World Championship, determined to build on the improvement they made last time out in Thailand.
The technically challenging 5.077km Motorland Aragon track is the venue for the first European race of the 2019 season and Hungarian rider, Peter Sebestyen arrives in Spain fully prepared and in a strong frame of mind for a competitive weekend.
Sebestyen said: “In these days between Thailand and Aragon I’ve continued my training method and finally could ride my training bike because the weather in Hungary is getting better. This helped me to improve my bike fitness and skills. I like Aragon, it has some fast and tricky turns and I think we can have a good result here. The goal is still to be in the top ten. After the first two rounds I understood how I must work during the weekend to be competitive in the race but it’s also very important to increase my points in the championship because I would like to stay in a good position. It may be a difficult weekend with strange weather conditions, but the most important thing is to stay calm and continue our work we have started before with Andy and George. I’m also looking forward to possibly riding my Honda on wet for the first time. These two weeks in Aragon and Assen are going to be very important and I have to stay focused and give my best.”
Although Jules Danilo is familiar with the Motorland Aragon circuit, this weekend will be the Frenchman’s first visit aboard the Honda CBR600RR. A disappointing retirement from the race at Buriram means Danilo heads to the historic town of Alcaniz fully motivated for a strong finish this weekend.
Danilo said: “It’s going to be good to get back on the bike after two weeks off, Aragon is a track I usually do well at. I think we have been working well especially in Australia and then again in Thailand we made a good step so if we can continue where we left off that would be perfect. We’ll continue working to be in the top ten consistently and why not look for a top six? That would be a good step for Aragon.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager, Simon Buckmaster said: “We are all looking forward to the start of the European season. Australia was a really good start for the team. It was good for Peter to get such a good, solid points scoring finish again in Thailand and it is good he is in the top ten in the Championship but if he wants to maintain that he will have to make another step. To be honest his race in Thailand wasn’t as good as he, or we would have liked but the potential is there. We continue to work together as a good team unit and I am sure Peter will arrive in Aragon in good shape. We look forward to being fully focused from the word go and look for another improvement and a personal best result for Peter this weekend.”
“Jules made a good step in Thailand and was running to challenge for 8th place with Mahias when we had an ignition coil fail. That’s one of those things due to the heat generated in Thailand. We always have to learn from these things to take steps to avoid them happening in the future. So Jules improved there but had he finished the race and beaten Mahias to finish 8th we could say that would be a good result but there is still another step to make to be with the leading group. That has to be our aim. We have just got to get there and start challenging to be in the top five consistently. Bring it on, let’s see what we can do this weekend.”
The World Supersport action kicks off with Free Practice One on Friday at 11:30 (Local time).