Despite the lack of dry track time yesterday, CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Peter Sebestyen posted his fastest lap of the weekend so far to qualify 15th in Tissot Superpole at Motorland Aragon.
The young Hungarian improved in the qualifying session, getting down to the 1’55s for the first time this weekend and starts tomorrow’s 16-lap World Supersport race at the Spanish circuit from the fifth row of the grid.
Sebestyen said: “We made a good improvement after we changed the rear shock. I like this setting much more and we did quite a good lap. It was a bit late, I had to do it maybe in FP3 or FP2 if it had been dry but that’s racing. We now understand more so I think we can make more steps tomorrow. I think my race pace will be good for the race to fight for a top ten position, that is the goal. We will also have to see what the weather conditions will be tomorrow but we have to work and we will get there.”
It was another frustrating session for teammate Jules Danilo at the technically challenging 5.077km track but despite not having good feeling, he improved by over a second to set the 18th fastest time and completes the sixth row of the grid at the Spanish circuit.
Danilo said: “It’s been tough this weekend. I am struggling to ride smoothly; making a lot of mistakes and just not feeling very comfortable. We tried a few things but I think we will try something in a different direction tomorrow and bounce back. Now I am looking forward to the warm up to try to improve and do a good race. I am sure we can still do a good race tomorrow.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Once again we are in the situation where we need to maximise every session. Now Peter has got into the 1’55s but if he had done that in FP3 he’d make another second in qualifying. He knows that but the good thing is we have improved the feel for him. We just need to try to consolidate and improve in warm up and look for a good top ten fight in the race. That has to be our goal now and ultimately, we have to look for more.”
“It was a very disappointing qualifying for Jules and for us as a team. He is struggling to feel comfortable on the bike here, it’s a different nature of track to Thailand where he was comfortable but he is allowing himself to get frustrated and then what happens is you become tense on the bike and don’t flow. We are looking for a big improvement in warm up and obviously a big improvement in the race so that Jules and all of us as a team can show our true potential.”
Results Tissot Superpole
1 T. Gradinger 1’53.972
2 F. Caricasulo +0.119
3 R. Krummenacher +0.255
4 J. Cluzel +0.389
5 I. Vinales +0.420
6 R. De Rosa +0.464
7 L. Mahias +0.474
8 C. Perolari +0.802
9 H. Okubo +0.922
10 H. Soomer +1.308
15 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +1.952
18 J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +2.584