Frustration for Sebestyen as Danilo improves in Thailand

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Jules Danilo ended the opening day of round two of the 2019 FIM Supersport World Championship at the Chang International Circuit twelfth on the combined timesheets.  Danilo made a significant step forward across the two sessions and the young Frenchman is confident there is more improvement to come tomorrow.

Danilo said: “I think it was a positive Friday I would have liked to have been in the top ten but I made a big step in the second session. I think I could have got into the 38s but I didn’t make the most of the new tyre because I set my best lap after four laps on the soft.   That’s not normal, it’s one of my weak points that I need to work on.  I think I am consistent low 39s, that little run at the beginning of the session was ok .  If I can improve on that, a good six tenths on that rhythm, I think I can be competitive. I feel good on the bike and I’m sure tomorrow we can make another step.”

Teammate Peter Sebestyen’s day was frustrated by an electronic issue which ultimately led him to a small crash at turn 3 in the afternoon session.  The lack of track time meant he was unable to make much progress but with the problem now rectified he remains upbeat about his prospects in Superpole tomorrow.

Sebestyen said: “Today was not the best day, we didn’t have too much luck but I’m confident because I felt really good on the bike.   I think I could do a good job but unfortunately the electronics wouldn’t let me.  I crashed in FP2 because of this and we also had this problem in FP1.  I couldn’t do many laps but I am not so worried because I think my speed will be ok and the team will make it good so I’m confident.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Obviously we would like to be better.  Peter was unlucky, we thought we had solved the problem for FP2 but then the bike cut out again.  It was a contributing factor to his crash but there was very little damage and he rode the bike back.  We found the problem was a setting in the ECU so we corrected that.   Great teamwork again to find the problem.”

“We know which direction we need to go to change the balance a bit for Jules but even without that there is between three and five tenths that he should be able to do on the first two laps of the tyre.  He has the potential to be right there and I’m sure tomorrow he will be challenging inside the top ten.  He has got down to times quicker here, been able to improve quicker which is a step up from Australia so he’s solved that, now we need to work with him on those first laps of the tyre to maximise his potential.  I’m sure we will see a much stronger performance tomorrow.  So let’s bring it on, see where we qualify and look for a good race.”

 

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

1 J. Cluzel 1’37.641

2 R. Krummenacher +0.190

3 F. Caricasulo +0.225

4 H. Barbera +0.598

5 T. Gradinger +0.702

6 R. De Rosa +0.819

7 I. Vinales +0.838

8 H. Okubo +0.958

9 L. Mahias +1.029

10 A. Badovini +1.342

12 J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +1.427

17 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +2.628