CIA Landlord Insurance Honda make a return to the Circuito de Jerez–Angel Nieto in Southern Spain after a one-year hiatus, for round six of the 2019 FIM World Supersport Championship this weekend.
Hungarian rider, Peter Sebestyen goes into the Acerbis Spanish round tenth in the Championship having finished in the top ten last time out at Imola and is aiming for further improvement at the 4.423km Andalusian circuit.
Sebestyen said: “It has been a long 3 weeks between the races. It’s very difficult to stay sharp for the next round after this length of time. I’ve tried to ride as much as possible and to simulate some race situation and still develop my riding style, to find that gap between us and the top riders. The plan is to start really strong and keep pushing during all the weekend. I haven’t had a perfect weekend yet, so I will concentrate to do everything 100%, corner by corner and lap by lap. I don’t really want to think about my results, just my job and then I’m sure we will get there. The team work hard during the races and they try to make everything perfect. We just really need a weekend where we find the good setup and rhythm on the first FP. In Jerez the race pace in hot conditions is very important and usually I’m strong there, so I’m calm and relaxed.”
French teammate, Jules Danilo is hoping to restore some confidence at Jerez after a challenging Imola debut last month where, despite struggling to get to grips with the circuit, he salvaged a strong points finish in eleventh position.
Danilo said: “I’m very happy to be heading to Jerez this week, I’ve been training really hard for this one. It’s a track that I know so that’s already a positive because Imola was difficult to learn. My main objective is to be in the top ten consistently and we were nowhere near that at Imola, apart from the race. The aim will be to be fast right from the first free practice session on Friday; work on race pace because it’s going to be a hot race, and then fight up front with that second group. I think it’s important that we can achieve that this weekend.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Peter is top ten in the Championship, he is one of the few riders who have scored points in every round so his consistency is good but we need to take that next step for both of the riders. Again in Imola we saw the same thing where the weekend starts ok and then we don’t continue the progression. We really need to see the focus and concentration, they have got to be on it in every session, qualify well and be stronger in the early part of the race. We have a good base package for both riders now so the bike is working well. We are now going to the next three circuits where our bike is strong, where we have previously won races and had podiums. Jerez is a circuit where we can keep the rpm high on corner exit and that is where our bike is at its best. We will be working hard with the riders to make that happen. Jules and Peter have to focus and concentrate to understand how they can get the best from themselves and the best out of our bike. I have every confidence that they will.”
World Supersport action kicks off at Jerez with Free Practice One on Friday at 11:30 (local time).