Fifth row start for Danilo at Assen

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider, Jules Danilo improved on his morning lap time by 1.2 seconds during an eventful Tissot Superpole today to qualify in fourteenth position.  Despite the session being red flagged and the subsequent deterioration of the weather effectively ending the session, Danilo posted his fastest lap of the weekend so far with a 1’39.905 and starts tomorrow’s 18-lap World Supersport race at the Cathedral of Speed from the fifth row of the grid.

Danilo said: “We have improved a bit this weekend because the feeling in FP1 was really bad.  Now to do a 39.9 is not too bad especially on the race tyre, for some reason I seem to be more confident on the race tyre.  That’s good for the race.  Now I want to see if we can make the bike a little easier to ride for tomorrow, especially with the change of direction.  If we can do that I think we can do a good race.”

Superpole was a frustrating session for Hungarian teammate, Peter Sebestyen in the wintry conditions at the TT Assen circuit.  Sebestyen was unable to improve on his time set in Friday’s Free Practice 2 and will start the race tomorrow from the sixth row of the grid in seventeenth position.

Sebestyen said: “Today was not a good day for me.  I mean I couldn’t give 100%.   The team worked very hard but I need to improve because I think my riding style doesn’t fit with this track.  We have to understand more because when we made a change on the bike I couldn’t feel it very much.  I’m sure we can improve a lot for tomorrow so we will push hard.   Usually I am strong in the race, we will see.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “We improved with Jules to go into the 39s but Peter in that first run wasn’t as fast as he was in the Free Practices.   For sure in the case of both riders they always race better and I’m sure they both will.  Certainly Jules has a chance to challenge into the top ten which has to be our first aim and then look for better than that as we’ve said all along.   We have to be realistic though and once again, not being strong enough in Free Practices has hurt us here.  If we had been stronger then the first run in qualifying is better and you have the better grid position, it’s as simple as that.  Obviously we always try to improve the bike but Peter and Jules need to be adaptable in what they do on the bike to see what that does with their body position and other things to have the effect and also to help us to know what is the best direction.  In Supersport there are not so many variables, obviously this is new to Jules coming from the MotoGP paddock but you have to make it work on the day and you have to be on it from the word go.”

Results Tissot Superpole

1 R. Krummenacher 1’38.010

2 F. Caricasulo +0.105

3 R. De Rosa +0,511

4 H. Soomer +0,654

5 H. Okubo +0.714

6 J. Cluzel +0.761

7 T. Gradinger +1.044

8 L. Mahias +1.254

9 C. Perolari +1.285

10 I. Vinales +1.323

14 J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +1.895

17 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +2.460