CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Peter Sebstyen delivered a determined performance to secure eleventh position in today’s World Supersport race at Motorland Aragon in Spain.
Despite being forced to start the race from the back of the grid due to an unintentional technical infringement, the young Hungarian fought through the field to finish top Honda ahead of his teammate Danilo.
Sebestyen said: “We had a good race, I am happy. At the beginning there was a problem with the rear tyre pressure so I had to start from the back. My first lap was really strong so I started to fight with Jules and Fuglini. The problem was my rhythm was completely different to theirs; I was much faster into the entrance of the corner but slower to come out of the corner and I couldn’t do my lap times so I was fighting with them all the race. I enjoyed it a lot. We have to bring this kind of performance to Assen. Thank you to the team for a great job.”
From his qualifying position on the sixth row of the grid, teammate Jules Danilo finished twelfth, salvaging another strong points scoring finish from what had been a frustrating weekend for the young Frenchman at the unseasonably cold and windy Spanish circuit.
Danilo said: “It was a really complicated weekend. I had this feeling we had to go in one direction because that is what I was feeling on the bike but it turns out we had to do the complete opposite. So we went into the race with a setting that was the absolute opposite of what I have ridden all weekend or since I’ve been on this bike. And it worked. I was discovering the bike throughout the race, once I understood how it worked I got into a bit of a rhythm. Twelfth is not really what I wanted; rule number one is to beat your teammate, well he beat me today! Thanks to Stu and the team for helping me this morning otherwise it would have been a really tough race. In Assen we will be back in the top ten doing a good job.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “There is a random tyre check at every race and every race someone has been taken off the grid. Peter’s rear tyre was under pressure. We didn’t intend to be, it is such a cold day and between the garage and the grid the tyre just dropped. It was only .04 of a bar but enough to be outside of the rules. We had to push Peter off the grid, correct the tyre pressure and start the warm up lap from the pit lane and start the race right from the back of the grid. It was a great job by Peter and we will put things in place next race as we always do when things don’t quite go 100% and we will make sure this never happens again.”
“We changed the direction from what Jules was feeling for the race and it proved to be positive and he was much more comfortable. A good points scoring finish for him and we go to the next race confident that he can challenge in the top ten. It’s all about working together to be stronger in all the free practices and then to qualify better. If we can qualify on the first three rows the pace is the same so we’ll be racing well inside the top ten. That is what we need to work together as a team to achieve and then look higher than that. It was the best ride ever for Peter and a good strong ride for Jules, now they can both go to Assen and be confident to challenge for the top ten.”
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3 F. Caricasulo +0.158
4 T. Gradinger +0.574
5 J. Cluzel +3.312
6 C. Perolari +12.626
7 L. Mahias +12.890
8 H. Okubo +12.996
9 K. Smith +14.331
10 I. Vinales +17.653
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