Sebestyen gains confidence at Assen

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Peter Sebestyen ended the opening day of round four of the 2019 FIM Supersport World Championship at the TT Circuit Assen, fifteenth on the combined timesheets.

With bitterly cold conditions at the Dutch circuit the young Hungarian managed to improve his time by eight tenths of a second across the two sessions and is confident of further improvement in tomorrow’s qualifying.

Sebestyen said: “I shouldn’t be happy with this result but I am because we improved a lot from FP1 to the second practice.  For sure this is not my best track but now I am starting to enjoy riding here.   I also have to improve my riding style but I think we are in a good way and we can be much faster in qualifying.  I hope the weather will be dry, if it is I think we will do a better job and for sure my goal is to be in the top ten.”

Fellow CIA Landlord Insurance rider, Jules Danilo concluded a frustrating first day of practice in Holland in 20th position.  Danilo improved his time set in the morning by three tenths of a second before losing the rest of the afternoon session with a gearbox issue.

Danilo said: “It was a tough day today because in the morning I didn’t feel so confident on the bike.  In the afternoon I did three flying laps and I heard a strange noise on the bike.  I thought it was the fairing at first but it turned out to be the gearbox.  So a bit unfortunate because we had a lot of stuff to test but we’ll try tomorrow in FP3 if the weather is not too bad we can test something before qualifying.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Peter improved a lot but obviously we need more. I didn’t realise that he struggled in the past at this track so with that in mind he made a good step today.  I’m sure he can see what he needs to make the bike hold the line better.  If we improve that he then needs a similar step again to give him a chance to challenge inside the top ten and of course what we are really looking for is the top nine for the first three rows but it is possible and we are definitely going in the right direction.”

“To be fair to Jules he lost half of the session when he had a problem with third gear but even bearing that in mind, he needs to make a good step here. This is a track that he likes so we need to look at what we have learned from the situation for both riders to improve everything for FP3 for a really strong qualifying and the best grid positions possible.”

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

1 R. Krummenacher 1’38.325

2 F. Caricasulo +0.096

3 L. Mahias +0.217

4 R. De Rosa +0.373

5 J. Cluzel +0.410

6 H. Okubo +5.08

7 I. Vinales +0.508

8 H. Soomer +1.005

9 T. Gradinger +1.289

10 G. Van Straalen +1.363

15 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +1.795

20 J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +2.710