Promising start down under for CIA Landlord Insurance Honda

The first day of the 2019 FIM World Supersport Championship finally got underway today at Philip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Australia and CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Peter Sebestyen got his season off to a strong start ending FP2 in 13thposition overall.  Sebestyen really consolidated his pace and is confident going into qualifying tomorrow.

Sebestyen said: “My race pace is good, I have to understand how I can improve on the new tyres but I feel ready for the race but first we really should see the data and see where we can find a little.  I think the top ten from six to ten is very open.  I want to fight for these places in the race. The bike is just perfect, I mean we have some little problems but I think we can solve it.  I feel really good on the bike and good on the track so I’m calm, we will see.”

Teammate Jules Danilo, making his World Supersport debut was one of only four riders to improve in the afternoon despite the session being red-flagged twice for local wildlife straying onto the track.  The French rider improved by a tenth of a second in FP2 ending the day in 17thposition as he continues to adapt to WSS.

Danilo said: “I’m still not where I want to be but I think we improved a bit in this session especially on the rear, the bike’s now keeping the line in the fast corners and I improved my pace quite significantly. It still needs to improve but we are closing the gap to the guys in front and we’ll make another step tomorrow and be there in the top ten where we need to be.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “With Peter his race pace is there for 6th to 10th if you look lap by lap but he needs that one hot lap to be in with a chance to be in the top ten in qualifying and ideally the top nine to make the top three rows. He understands that and I think he will find that one fast lap. He’s been aware that while he is pushing hard he’s not really really pushing because it’s Free Practice so come qualifying I think he can do it.  With Jules, like in testing, we get to a point where he stays at the same lap time for a while, he is into the 34s now and he improved a tenth in that session but of course when you are further back you have more room for improvement.  We need to find more for his race pace and we need a bigger chunk for his one fast lap.  I know he has the potential, I know when he finds the key he will be there. He wants to be in the top ten, that is his ambition.  Both of them have that goal.  There’s a bit more to do with Jules but I know we will work with him, the team are working good as always.  We’ve just done some pit stop practice, our pit stops are very good the system is working very well on dash countdown so we can just do the ‘stop and go’ and the rider can see when it comes to zero to cross the line, I’m confident we will make a good job of that as a team.”

 

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

1 R. Krummenacher 1’32.777

2 T. Gradinger +0.373

3 F. Caricasulo +0.389

4 J. Cluzel +0.431

5 R. De Rosa +0.480

6 L. Mahias +0.744

7 H. Okubo +0.854

8 H. Barbera +1.032

9 C. Perolari +1.108

10 F. Fuligni +1.321

13 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +1.770

17 J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +2.077