Mulhauser claims first top ten start in Spain

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Robin Mulhauser will start tomorrow’s race from the 3rd row of the grid in 9th position, his best qualifying in World Supersport so far.  Robin is joined on the third row by teammate Hikari Okubo who, despite sliding off in Superpole 2 qualified in 8th position at the cool and windy Motorland Aragon circuit.

Jules Cluzel narrowly missed out on entry to SP2 qualifying in 14th position and the Frenchman confronts the difficult task of starting from the 5th row of the grid in tomorrow’s race.

Newcomer Hiromichi Kunikawa improved his lap time again in Superpole 1 and will be looking for a strong first World Supersport race with CIA Landlord Insurance Honda tomorrow.

Robin said: “This is my first top ten qualifying in World Supersport so it’s not bad but I still feel a little disappointed.  I felt good in the first run and then in the second run I made some mistakes and couldn’t improve as I feel I can but it is my best qualifying in WSS and I think from the 3rd row I can make a good race.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager, Simon Buckmaster said: “It’s not the result for Jules we were looking for.  We need to improve in warm up tomorrow and get a good start to challenge for the podium in the race.  Both Robin and Hikari did a good job, an especially good result for Robin to be in SP2 and on the 3rd row of the grid.  They are both in a strong position to challenge for a top 6 finish in the race.  Hiromichi is improving all the time and we will work with him to achieve the best possible result tomorrow.  In the first two rounds of the Championship we were fastest and we didn’t win, now we are not the fastest here and we need to look at why.  Of course it will be difficult for Jules from the 5th row but we just have to do the best we can to challenge for the podium.”

Results Superpole 1

  1. L. Mahias 1’55.217
  2. R. Rolfo +0.118
  3. F. Caricasulo +0.359
  4. J. Cluzel CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +0.520
  5. M. Canducci +0.692
  6. L. Stapleford +0.827
  7. Z. Khairuddin +1.093
  8. K. Ryde +1.397
  9. K. Watanabe +1.507
  10. L. Cresson +1.759
  1. H. Kunikawa CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +3.798

Free Practices & Superpole Combined Results

  1. P. Jacobsen 1’54.948
  2. K. Sofuoglu 1’55.009
  3. S. Morais 1’55.038
  4. K. Smith 1’55.205
  5. L. Mahias 1’55.440
  6. R. Rolfo 1’55.624
  7. N. Tuuli 1’55.667
  8. H. Okubo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda 1’55.690
  9. R. Mulhauser CIA Landlord Insurance Honda 1’56.038
  10. C. Gamarino 1’56.495
  1. J. Cluzel CIA Landlord Insurance Honda 1’55.737
  1. H. Kunikawa CIA Landlord Insurance Honda 1’59.015