CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider, Jules Cluzel will start tomorrow’s World Supersport race at Donington Park from the front row of the grid in 3rd position.
Jules is confident his race pace is enough to challenge for his first win of the season in the 20-lap race at the 4.023km Derbyshire circuit.
Jules said: “I am happy to be on the front row after the difficult qualifying we had at the last 2 or 3 races. I think we can fight for the podium tomorrow because I was expecting maybe to do a little better in qualifying but I made a few mistakes and I struggled a little with the strong wind; I nearly crashed in 2 fast laps. I can be happy to be 3rd for tomorrow and I expect to be a bit better and be able to fight for the podium first, and then try to be better.”
Hikari Okubo finished Superpole 2 in 12th position. He had some problems selecting gear during the session so was unable to match his pace from yesterday. He is confident he will be on the pace in the race to challenge for a top six finish.
Robin Mulhauser improved in time slightly from yesterday during Superpole 1 but still couldn’t place higher than 23rd on the timesheet for the race tomorrow.
Hiromichi Kunikawa qualified 33rd in Superpole 1. Hiromichi tried a small chassis change from yesterday’s Free Practice 2 and will revert back to the previous set up for the race tomorrow.
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager, Simon Buckmaster said: “It was a really good qualifying for Jules, he made a couple of mistakes so there is more to come. We will see if we can make some small improvements in warm up tomorrow but we are in good shape certainly to challenge for the podium and I think Jules can maybe do a bit better, maybe he can challenge for the win.”
“A little bit disappointing for Hikari in 12th positon. We will check everything for tomorrow. He has got the pace, he proved that yesterday so let’s see what he can do.”
“I thought Robin would get into the 32s today – he hasn’t so we will analyse the data together as a team to see if we can improve in warm up and try to challenge for points in the race.”
“Hiromichi was lapping 34s in FP2 yesterday and managed low 36 today which is disappointing. We will probably go back to the set-up we had for him yesterday and see how far he can fight up the field in the race.”
Round 6 of the World Supersport Championship takes place at 12noon (local time).