Danilo and Sebestyen ready to challenge at Chang

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider, Jules Danilo improved on his morning lap time by nine tenths of a second during Tissot Superpole today to qualify in twelfth position.  Danilo starts tomorrow’s 17-lap World Supersport race at the Chang International Circuit from the fourth row of the grid.

Danilo said: “I am quite happy with the step in terms of lap time we made in that session and the pace as well.  Unfortunately I didn’t do a 37 which was important in this session but I feel really confident and comfortable on the bike.  I think the team did a good job with the set-up, also I am good on the brakes and there are many opportunities to pass on the brakes at this track so that’s a positive.  I think there is a group between 3rdand 7thand that is the group we want to be with tomorrow.”

Despite the lack of laps on Friday, fellow CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Peter Sebestyen made a solid improvement in qualifying posting a lap of 1’38.6 and heads up the sixth row of the grid in 16thposition for tomorrow’s race.

Sebestyen said: “Our position is not so good for the race but we improved a lot, it was very important because we missed track time yesterday.   We are improving but there is always something new to change on the bike.  The team did a great job.  In qualifying I didn’t have a good feeling especially on the front so there is a lot of things we can improve for tomorrow and I hope my lap time and my pace will be better. We will work for that that’s for sure.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Jules made a big step to 1’38.1.   After the first run he did a 38.2 and he said he could go faster.  He got a good run behind Cluzel, possibly too fast for a tow and he improved again but it’s not enough.  I think he can fight in a group well inside the top ten because once he gets to a lap time he can do the lap time.  Realistically we lost FP3, you have to make a step every session; full focus, full concentration.   The team did a really good job with him and we made some slight setting changes but most importantly it’s got to come from him.  He is learning these things, it’s only his second Supersport race so another good job by him and the team working together to put us in a position to fight well inside the top ten.  Obviously our ultimate aim has to be to look higher than that but we take it step by step.   Jules comes off the back of a bad season in Moto2 so he is growing in confidence all the time and we are going in the right direction.”

“Peter lost a lot of time in FP2 and made a good step today. I am sure he will fight well inside the points and look to the top ten again.  The problem is both of our riders are what you would call ‘racers’ and produce good race performance relative to their qualifying performance but we need to qualify better to put ourselves in a better position for the race.  That said I am confident we will have two strong finishes tomorrow and we will keep building.  A great job by the whole team again, let’s look forward to the race.”

 

Results Tissot Superpole

1 J. Cluzel 1’36.826

2 R. Krummenacher +0.029

3 F. Caricasulo +0.089

4 H. Okubo +0.280

5 R. De Rosa +0.399

6 I. Vinales +0.597

7 T. Gradinger +0.755

8 H. Barbera +0.956

9 L. Mahias +0.960

10 A. Badovini

12 J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +1.309

16 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +1.872