More to come from Sebestyen & Danilo at Imola

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Peter Sebestyen ended day one of round five of the FIM Supersport World Championship at Imola 15th on the combined timesheets, only two tenths of a second off tenth place with his time of 1’53.582.  Sebestyen was only able to make a small improvement to his lap time in the afternoon session which was red flagged twice due to track conditions following crashes, but the young Hungarian remains confident he can make another step forward ahead of tomorrow’s qualification.

Sebestyen said: “We started FP1 in a good way with a good basic setup. I was happy after the session but we changed the front and the rear. I think the bike is better but we have to work more after FP2 because I have some problems especially in the last sector.  I think my lap time is not the best but I could do much better I had to put together one lap and to improve in the last part of the track especially the last two corners.  I am not satisfied but I think we are on a good way and we can make a good qualification.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda teammate, Jules Danilo experienced a difficult debut at the iconic Italian circuit but despite the red flag interruptions the Frenchman was able to pull one flying lap out of the bag at the end of the afternoon session to finish the day 18th overall.

Danilo said: “This track is a bit harder than I thought. I walked the track yesterday and it looked ok but on the bike it’s actually a different story.  I’m not very happy with how the day went. I struggled a bit with the lines, we made a small step on the bike but it’s more how I ride and the lines I choose, that is what is going to make me make a step.  So we’ll leave the bike as it is and tomorrow I will go out and make a big step in the morning.   We know there is one tyre that is not so good so we will focus on the race tyre.  If I can improve another two seconds tomorrow, that would be good.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “FP1 I thought was really good for Peter, probably the best one he has done but we failed to maximise that potential in FP2.  He is capable of a lot more, for sure he is capable of challenging in the top ten, even qualifying in the top ten.  Not making a step today makes our job a little more difficult. If he makes the step in the morning then we have to make another set up change for qualifying, whereas had we done it today it makes realising our full potential easier. But it is what it is.  We need to look to improve again in the morning, look at a minimum of a very low 52 in qualifying which Peter is capable of.”

“Jules made a good step in FP2 but if he wants to be in the fight he knows he has to make another one.  There is potential for both riders but I would be lying if I didn’t say we are slightly disappointed with FP2.  We could and should have achieved more than we did.  As always there is a good spirit in the team, the guys and the riders are all working well together so let’s get out there and show what we can do tomorrow.”

 

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

1 F. Caricasulo 1’51.278

2 J. Cluzel +0.305

3 R. Krummenacher +0.533

4 A. Badovini +0.725

5 L. Mahias +0.780

6 T. Gradinger +0.880

7 M. Roccoli +0.969

8 R. De Rosa +1.031

9 H. Okubo +1.056

10 F. Fuligni +2.068

15 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +2.304

18 J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +2.750