CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Peter Sebestyen concluded the opening day of round eight of the 2019 FIM Supersport World Championship at Donington Park, twelfth on the combined timesheets.
With uncharacteristically warm and sunny conditions at the British circuit the young Hungarian was able to improve his time by over half a second across the two sessions and feels confident of further improvement in tomorrow’s qualifying.
Sebestyen said: “I am happy about today, the position is not so bad but I think it could be much better because the bike is really nice and we have already found a good set up, we just have to make some little modifications. I just couldn’t find a good rhythm, there was always something happening; I made mistakes or I caught some slower riders, so I couldn’t make good laps consistently. I think my times are not my real times, I think that we can be stronger. We will have to see what the weather conditions will be tomorrow and we will work hard.”
Teammate, Jules Danilo ended a frustrating first day of his debut at the Derbyshire circuit in eighteenth position after losing some valuable track time with a quickshifter issue. Despite this Danilo improved his time set in the morning session by just under a second.
Danilo said: “It was a terrible day, we lost a lot of time. It would have been nice to make a step forward but we didn’t so we’ll see tomorrow. I’m afraid it might be raining in FP3 and that would set us on the back foot even more but tomorrow is another day and we’ll start from fresh.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Not a bad session for Peter you can see he is right there with a chance to fight for the first three rows and that is what we need. He had a 31 in him then lost a bit in the last sector but 3 or 4 tenths covers that eighth to twelfth where he is so he is right there in the fight for that and we can improve a bit tomorrow. Obviously we want to be better than twelfth but it was quite a good day for him and there are a lot of positives for tomorrow. Jules had some problems with the quickshifter. In the end we changed another one but still there is a problem. We’ll rectify it for tomorrow, we had to switch it off but in reality with no quickshifter you should only lose a few tenths. Really I think he allowed himself to become frustrated and then because of that he didn’t maximise his potential, you need to flow and be smooth around here. There is some rain forecast tomorrow, hopefully it won’t be for FP3 as Jules needs to be able to make another step, so let’s look for a strong qualifying tomorrow.”
Free Practices Combined Results after FP2
1 J. Cluzel 1’30.888
2 R. Krummenacher +0.190
3 H. Soomer +0.420
4 L. Mahias +0.504
5 F. Caricasulo +0.511
6 R. De Rosa +0.595
7 A. Badovini +0.713
8 J. Kennedy +0.851
9 I. Vinales +0.959
10 B. Jones +1.021
12 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +1.275
18 J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +2.628