CIA Landlord Insurance Honda head to Italy for round five of the 2019 FIM Supersport World Championship this weekend at the iconic Autodromo Internationale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola.
After claiming a well-deserved top ten finish at Assen last time out, CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Jules Danilo is in great shape and looking to build on his progress at his first ever visit to the technically demanding Imola circuit this weekend. The young Frenchman said: “I’m really excited to be heading to Imola this weekend. Of course it’s a track I haven’t been to before but I’ve been watching lots of on-board videos and playing some Playstation to get the track in mind. I think we made a step in Assen with the bike and if we can continue working in that direction for this weekend we can have a good race. Hopefully we can make another step compared to Assen, I’d like to be in the top ten fighting with that second group, that is the main objective right now.”
Hungarian teammate, Peter Sebestyen is eager to get the weekend underway in Italy and is hoping Imola will bring him better results after a disappointing outing in the Netherlands last month. He said: “I’m really excited about this race weekend because I love Imola and it fits to my riding style. After four rounds it’s very clear for me where I need to improve during the race weekend but I’m confident about it because I worked very hard in these weeks. I would like to make a step forward in Italy and fight for better positions and then 10th place. Our position in the championship is strong, it’s still very important to make the points but this time I would like to show the potential of this team. Of course it’s not going to be easy, there are a lot of fast riders but I believe if we can make a good qualifying I will ride for good positions. I can’t wait to start to work with Andy and George and sit on my bike because the three weeks break was very long.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Peter is just on the edge of the top ten in the Championship and to be fair, Jules is not that far away either. Obviously we would like to be better than we are but realistically as a team we are doing a really good job. Imola is one of Peter’s favourite circuits so he’ll be confident going there. Although it’s a new track to Jules he knows the bike well now, he’s working well with us as a team and we have to do our very best to be on it from the word go. Both riders need to be stronger in the free practices. This has been our weak point so far this season and has led to qualifying positions that aren’t as good as they should be, or that we are capable of. So we need to arrive and be focused and concentrate from the word go for the whole event and start to realise our true potential which is to get both riders in the top ten in the Championship and look to the top six to challenge from there. We are looking for our best results of the season and to build from that. After Imola we have Jerez which is a track that Peter and Jules both know so we need to look to have these two really strong races to start building for the rest of the season. We are all looking forward to it, it’s a fantastic event with one of the best crowds of the year. Let’s give everyone something to cheer about and do ourselves justice.”
World Supersport action kicks off at Imola with Free Practice One on Friday at 11:30 (local time).