Sebestyen on target in Spain

The first day of World Supersport practice got underway today at the CIrcuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto in Spain and CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Peter Sebestyen got his weekend off to a solid start ending FP2 in eleventh position on the combined timesheets.  Sebestyen made a significant stride forward across the two sessions and remains confident ahead of tomorrow’s all important qualifying.

Sebestyen said: “Today the first practice was ok, I think I made good speed to start. The bike was very nice, we changed a lot on the rear shock and we understand a lot of things because of the new big rear tyre. Because of this I could feel much more feedback from the bike than before, both from the front and the rear.  Now I can push more with the new tyre which I am happy about.  We have to understand the balance of the bike and improve there because for sure if we can improve this we can be the fastest in the corners, the Honda is faster so we have to build for that.”

Teammate Jules Danilo ended the first day of World Supersport action in Spain in fourteenth position with his time of 1’44.600. The CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider will examine the data with his crew tonight to fix the closing issues he’s experiencing with the front of the Honda CBR600RR ahead of Free Practice 3 tomorrow.

Danilo said: “I expected to be a bit faster this afternoon. My feelings at the moment are a bit strange. I am really happy with the rear of the bike, it is turning really well and steering on the gas but I keep on closing the front in all those corners where you have to trail brake at quite a high speed so it’s a bit weird.  We’ll fix that for tomorrow and I’m confident we can do a good job and be on it in qualifying.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Peter made a good step there, he just missed out on tenth place and missed out on breaking into the 43s by two-thousandths of a second, but the important thing is, he is in striking distance of being able to challenge on the first three rows and to fight for the top six.  It is really important we continue the progression tomorrow in FP3 to give ourselves a good chance to qualify on the first three rows and then have a strong race from there. Jules did improve but he is further away.  I am sure we can make a step from there but, even more so for him in FP3 it is hugely important to make a good step; to make it so that the step for qualifying is not so big and to give him a chance to challenge inside the top ten in qualifying.  As we always know for both Peter and Jules, race pace is better but qualifying is so important.  These two sessions have not been bad but we need to carry this through to FP3 tomorrow then to qualify and look to get our best results of the season.”

 

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

1 F. Caricasulo 1’41.948

2 R. Krummenacher +0.048

3 J. Cluzel +0.994

4 R. De Rosa +1.188

5 L. Mahias +1.194

6 T. Gradinger +1.214

7 H. Okubo +1.253

8 I. Vinales +1.294

9 K. Smith +1.640

10 A. Badovini +1.977

11 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +2.054

14 J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +2.652