CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Peter Sebestyen rounded off a challenging weekend at Donington Park with a creditable eleventh place in today’s FIM Supersport World Championship race.
Starting from the middle of the fifth row of the grid, the young Hungarian rode an intelligent 20-laps to pick up another five valuable points and remains tenth overall in the Championship.
Sebestyen said: “First of all I feel lucky and I am happy that we stay in tenth position in the Championship, it’s important and also that we are close to Vinales. All in all it was a very difficult weekend for us, we just couldn’t find the next step. We stayed at the same level as before and I miss the feeling of making a step forward like for example, Soomer. I feel like I can be there because I try to push 100 percent. So if we can find something out in the summer break and try it out in the test we will be in a better position, Now the goal is to close more to Vinales and be ninth in the Championship, I think it is possible, we will work very hard in the summer break. Thank you to the team and to all the fans.”
The race brought further frustration for teammate, Jules Danilo as he wrestled with a gearbox issue, A disappointing twenty-first place concluded a difficult weekend for the French rider.
Danilo said: “Well it was a disastrous weekend from start to finish, It was very frustrating, even in the race I had problems with the gearbox, I lost contact with the group immediately then I was just on my own. I had to use different gears through the corners and just finish the race. Just useless honestly. It’s a shame we leave on the two-month break like this and I hope we can turn things around later in the season.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Obviously after not maximising our potential in qualifying it was always going to be difficult. Peter made quite a good start but then when Hikari faded it took him too many laps to get by and then he’d lost Badovini. We’ve got a test now which gives us the opportunity to try some different things to make a step forward in the last four races. It was a good job by the team, let’s look forward to the test and as always, work together as a team unit to strive to move forward. For Jules it’s been a disappointing weekend all round and then in the race he had gearbox selection problems. His crew did a good job but it would have been nice to get a good result going into the summer break. Again we are going to the two day test with Jules so we have to maximise that and look forward in a positive way to the rest of the season.”