CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Peter Sebestyen delivered a career best finish in today’s World Supersport season opener at Philip Island in Australia
From his qualifying position on the fifth row of the grid the young Hungarian rode a controlled race to finish top Honda in eighth place ahead of his teammate Danilo in ninth.
Sebestyen said: “I am happy about the result, this is my best result. Before the race I thought my race pace would be better but I missed a little bit at the second turn after the start. My position wasn’t the best, I couldn’t use the new tyre and I got a gap so I just tried to close the gap. The pit stop was ok the team works very well and I think it was just perfect. After that I was alone and I saw that my pace was just not good enough to catch Okubo so I just tried to be calm and finish the race in this position. I am happy about it, for sure we need a little bit more to be there but I am sure we will find something on the bike also and the next race in Thailand will be great for us.”
Making his debut with CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Jules Danilo confirmed his potential with a convincing top ten finish in his maiden FIM Supersport World Championship race at the Australian circuit.
Danilo said: “We have to take the positives from the race which is top ten. We had a bit of an issue with the clutch spinning which was holding me back a little but we did a good job throughout the weekend. I understood the bike better and how to ride it because it’s very different to what I am used to. The team did a great job for the pit stop, honestly that helped me a lot I was able to recover a few positions and open up a gap on some guys behind. In Thailand we will have to work on the pace but this is the starting point. I’m happy with the position so thanks to the guys and see you in Thailand.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “What can we say, eighth is Peter’s best result and ninth for Jules on his first time on a road based bike is a positive result. We know we need to improve but as a team we did a fantastic job in the race. I was always confident that the pit stops would be an advantage for us and it turned out that way. I must say congratulations to George Buckmaster for two superb stops and a big thumbs up to Stuart, Dan and Andy for the preparation with everything around the stops which helped put both riders in the top ten at the start of the season. We can build from there. We know we need to look for top five and top three challenging. I can only say it has been a really good team job this week and we are looking forward to getting to Thailand and going again.”
1 R. Krummenacher
2 J. Cluzel +6.157
3 F. Caricasulo +7.338
4 H. Barbera +9.918
5 T. Gradinger +15.035
6 H. Okubo +17.265
7 C. Perolari +17.428
8 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +23.595
9 J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +29.007
10 L. Cresson +29.017