Sebestyen & Danilo motivated for Misano

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda head to Rimini in Italy this weekend for round 7 of the FIM Supersport World Championship and Hungarian rider Peter Sebestyen is confident he can build on his strong top ten performance two weeks ago in Jerez at the fast and flowing Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

Sebestyen said: “After Jerez I cannot wait to sit on my bike again. We found a really nice setup and working method with my team. Also I could focus much better on my riding than before, so this is the way I would like to continue. Of course I trained a lot at home, did a triathlon race and rode my training bike so I think I’m fit enough to do a better race than in Jerez. I like Misano, it’s always a pleasure to ride there and meet with the fans. Usually I’m fast there, I think the bike will work good there and that was my debut race as a CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider last year so I want to make the team happy and thank them with a great result.”

Jules Danilo heads into Misano happy to leave the frustration of Jerez, where he was taken out on the first lap of the race, behind him.   The 24-year-old Frenchman is keen to translate the progress made during the weekend in Spain into results in Italy.

Danilo said: “I’m excited to be in Misano, it’s another track that I’m familiar with.  I think we made some good steps on the bike in Jerez, unfortunately we didn’t get the results in the end.  I think the steps we made there will help in Misano, hopefully we don’t have to touch the bike too much and I’ll have a good feeling right from the start.  The weather is looking good too so that’s a positive.  Let’s hope for a good weekend and to be fighting in that second group, that’s the objective.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “We’re looking forward to Misano this weekend it’s been a great track for our team in the past.  Peter made a significant step in the Jerez race. He may have only finished tenth but it was a much stronger ride, he was much closer to the fight.  He closed the gap to the front significantly so he has made a step onto the back of that group.  Now we need to maintain that, to look for a strong finish well inside the top ten and start to look to make the next step.  Ultimately we’re aiming to be in the top six and fighting in the top five.  We have the bike, the team and we are capable of doing it and now Peter is growing we want to achieve that goal together.”

“Jerez was a disappointing weekend for Jules, he had two crashes and whilst he was not at fault, everything has a consequence.   The mistake in qualifying led to him not qualifying at the lap time he should and then the people behind him could challenge him. He made a good start, he was right on the race with Peter and got tagged from behind.  We all know that Jules Danilo has the talent, we believe in him and we now have the second half of the season and he has the opportunity to show everybody.”

World Supersport actions kicks off at Misano with Free Practice One on Friday at 11:30 (local time).