CIA Landlord Insurance Honda head to the legendary TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands this weekend for Round Four of the 2017 World Supersport Championship.
Confidence is high in the Cluzel squad going into the Acerbis Dutch Round at the historic 4.5km ‘Cathedral of Speed’ after his impressive 4th place finish from 14th on the grid last time out at Motorland Aragon. This points haul puts him firmly back into Championship contention and the Frenchman is determined to get back in the game.
Jules said: “I am happy to be back on my 600. Last time out at Aragon was a difficult weekend but I managed to make a good comeback. We know what the problem was, it was quite clear in Spain but we have a solution for Assen which I am excited to try. I am excited to go there, it looks like we will have some rain but we will be focused and I think this is the time to get back into the Championship.”
Teammate Robin Mulhauser will also arrive at Assen fully focused and hoping to follow up on his top ten qualifying in Spain with a strong finish in Sunday’s 18 lap race. The Swiss rider said: “I can’t wait to race my 600 again, I’m coming fully motivated after a nice podium finish in 24h Le Mans. I hope we will have great weather as Assen is always bad for us… And also I would like to finish the race first and then have a great result too!”
Also heading to Assen on the back of the endurance race at Le Mans will be Japan’s Hikari Okubo and he is eager to translate his 24h experience to World Supersport. Hikari said: “I was feeling good at Aragon but I was not happy with my 11th position in the race so I have been training hard in the UK. I think I can get my best result in Assen.”
Fellow Japanese rider, Hiromichi Kunikawa travels to Assen for the very first time and is excited for the challenge ahead at the iconic Dutch circuit. He said: “All the remaining circuits from here will be the first time for me but I am very excited. My machine is good however I need familiarisation and improvement. We will make efforts to be competitive and I will do my best at Assen step by step.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Team Manager, Simon Buckmaster said: “We are in good shape heading into Assen. We have been testing on the dyno in the gap between races and I believe we have the possibility to improve the bike again. In my opinion we have the fastest rider in Jules and a bike at least as good as anybody else’s so we have the best package. Assen has been very strong for our bike in the past, we have won here in the dry and we have won here in the wet including last year in the rain with Kyle Smith. The riders are in good shape and I know we have to turn our pace into race wins and the best results possible for all our riders. I’m confident we can do that. Assen is one of my favourite races of the year, let’s get there as soon as we can.”