Frustration for Danilo as Sebestyen improves in Italy

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Peter Sebestyen made a step up in Tissot Superpole today, posting a time of 1’52.695 to equal his best qualifying position of thirteenth.  Sebestyen heads up the fifth row of the grid in tomorrow’s 17-lap World Supersport race at the Autodromo Internationale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola and the 24 year old remains confident he can challenge in the top ten.

Sebestyen said: “After yesterday we made big changes in the settings in the right way.  In FP3 I felt the bike was better and I could make a good pace but not a good lap.  I had some problem also with the rear and the front so it was not perfect.  Andy & George did a good job because the bike was better in qualifying, I could improve nearly half a second.  It was a big step, we had to do it earlier but I am happy about my lap time.  I feel that both the bike and me can do better we just still have to find a little bit better setting, more support for the front and the rear.  Tomorrow it seems like it will be wet.  We tried the bike in Aragon in wet conditions and we should improve compared to Aragon.  We have a good plan so I’m waiting for tomorrow.”

Fellow CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Jules Danilo was able to make a small improvement on his lap time set in the morning FP3 as he continued to struggle to get to grips with the fast and technical 4.936km circuit.  The Frenchman faces a tough battle in tomorrow’s race which he will start from 19th position on the 7th row of the grid.

Danilo said: “Tough day, one of my worst qualifying. I am pushing hard, I feel ok on the bike but the lap times are not coming.  I am pushing too hard to do bad lap times that’s the thing right now. Disappointing but we’ll have a look at some data and see if we can help me a bit tomorrow. Of course the biggest step has to come from me.  Tomorrow it’s raining so we start from scratch again and hopefully we can recover some positions in the race.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Peter improved into the 52s, it’s realistic to say he is right there in the fight for the top ten and hopefully better.  It’s cliché but he is a better racer than he is a qualifier.  That is something he needs to work on but it’s a fact.  We can look for him to challenge into the top ten and look to beat his career best result of eighth place in Australia.  Obviously he and we want more than that but we pay the price for not improving in FP3.   This is the sort of time he should be doing in FP3 then be looking for the 52.0 which would put us on the first 3 rows. This is what we need to do.”

“It was a disappointing session for Jules.  For me it’s a case of trying too hard.  This circuit as much as any, you have to relax and let it flow, you can’t make it happen.  You have to hit all of your markers, it takes a lot of focus and concentration.  He’s got to put this behind him and let it happen.”

 

Results Tissot Superpole

1 R. Krummenacher 1’50.239

2 F. Caricasulo +0.432

3 J. Cluzel +0.949

4 T. Gradinger +1.090

5 H. Okubo +1.148

6 R. De Rosa +1.205

7 L. Mahias +1.429

8 A. Badovini +1.647

9 M. Roccoli +1.974

10 L. Ottaviani +2.044

13 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +2.456

19 J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +3.000