Disappointment for Sebestyen as Danilo improves in Qatar

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider, Jules Danilo shaved six tenths of a second off his best free practice lap time in today’s Tissot Superpole to qualify in twelfth position.  Danilo posted his fastest lap of the weekend so far with 2’03.022 and completes the fourth row of the grid for tomorrow’s 15-lap World Supersport race in Qatar.

Danilo said: “It wasn’t easy this afternoon because we left the bike as it was yesterday thinking we would fix the engine brake set up but that wasn’t the case.  We made quite a step on the front so I could enter harder on the brake without the feeling of the rear pushing, which is what gave me the most confidence to improve.  The lap is not bad but we didn’t quite put everything together. I’m able to maintain low 2’03 pace so that’s not too bad but of course there is six tenths to the next guy so I hope to find a bit of time tomorrow.”

It was a disappointing day for Hungarian teammate, Peter Sebestyen who yesterday had looked set for a strong qualifying performance.  Sebestyen was unable to improve in the Tissot Superpole session and fell down the order to qualify fourteenth.

Sebestyen said: “That was one of my worst qualifying sessions.  I think I had a good set up, the bike was good and it could do a better lap than I ran. I didn’t have a clear lap, sometimes a slower rider was in front of me and sometimes I made the mistake.  I tried everything, maybe I tried to push too hard because I really wanted to do a better job.  Tomorrow will be more exciting from the back. I think the bike is really good, we can improve steer a lot with the settings.  We will see.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Personally I am a bit disappointed, especially from Peter’s side because although he lost a little bit of time in FP1 with the transponder problem, he was really strong in FP2 and everything looked good.  I said we needed to put a strong FP3 together and we didn’t.  It just didn’t happen for him in qualifying.  He had opportunities behind riders to do the time but he made a few mistakes, basically he pushed too hard and you can’t do that round here, you have to let it flow.  Peter needs to look for a big start here tomorrow.  The bike is working really well, the top speed is good and there are quite a few opportunities to overtake here. He’s going to have to dig in; have a good, hard first lap and see what he can do.”

“Jules improved but again we are little bit disappointed because we know we are capable of so much more. Like Peter, he needs to make a really big start tomorrow, really want it and have a really strong first lap.  We will prepare the bikes as we always do to the highest level for the race, we are always one hundred percent behind our riders so let’s see what happens.”

Results Tissot Superpole

1 F. Caricasulo 2’01.219

2 R. Krummenacher +0.274

3 J. Cluzel +0.433

4 C. Perolari +0.510

5 L. Mahias +0.550

6 H. Okubo +0.565

7 A. Badovini +0.571

8 I. Vinales +0.632

9 K. Smith +0.738

10 T. Gradinger +1.103

12 J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +1.803

14 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +1.922