CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Peter Sebestyen delivered another points scoring finish in today’s FIM Supersport World Championship race at the Chang International Circuit.
From his qualifying position on the sixth row of the grid Sebestyen rode a consistent race to finish in twelfth place which concluded a frustrating weekend for the young Hungarian at the hot and humid Thai circuit.
Sebestyen said: “I am not so happy about the weekend, the bike worked well and the team worked hard all weekend. I tried to push as much as I could but unfortunately I didn’t have the pace in the race, especially on the front it was impossible to close the gap at the end of the race. Maybe I should change my style a little bit because my corner entry is not so good after the big brake distances. I had the same problem last year, in other areas I improved a lot but this is just not improving. So we will work hard with the team and myself at home to make this better and I am sure we will be stronger in the other races in Europe.”
It was bitter disappointment for teammate Jules Danilo with retirement from the race on lap 8. Danilo made a good start to the 17-lap race and was challenging well inside the top ten before he was forced to withdraw with a technical problem.
Danilo said: “Well it was a bit of an unfortunate end to a good weekend. I think we improved our base compared to Philip Island; we were pretty fast in all sessions, not quite in the top ten yet so we will keep the positives. I was fighting for eighth place in the race with Mahias, I was consistent as well my feeling on the bike has improved I am understanding it better. We will be strong in Aragon in three weeks time.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “More points for Peter, he is equal ninth with Mahias in the Championship. In the race I think maybe nerves came in to it, I don’t know but Peter is aware that he has to improve and obviously we will work with him to improve the bike and him together. So we will go to Aragon with Peter in a good frame of mind because we know we need to build for the future and keep improving race by race to move up the grid. That is the aim and that is what we are going to do.”
“Jules made a good start, he was inside the top ten all the time until he had what we think was an electrical problem, the bike went onto 3 cylinders. This circuit is always hard on machinery but we are really disappointed about the DNF because we saw Jules make a step here. I want to congratulate everyone for working so well, we have a good team spirit. We will go to Aragon and try to take another step forward to get both riders back into the top ten and look forward from that.”
1 J. Cluzel
2 R. Krummenacher +0.939
3 F. Caricasulo +1.496
4 I. Vinales +1.572
5 R. De Rosa +2.861
6 H. Okubo +4.599
7 H. Barbera +9.047
8 L. Mahias +15.821
9 L. Cresson +16.933
10 H. Soomer +17.220
12 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +24.255
RET J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda