Sebestyen takes points in Argentina

Peter Sebestyen gave CIA Landlord Insurance Honda another Championship points scoring finish in today’s 19-lap World Supersport race at the Circuito San Juan Villicum in Argentina.  With the track temperature markedly lower for the race giving yet more differing conditions, the Hungarian rode a solid race to take eleventh place at the flag.

Sebestyen said: “In the race the track was completely different again.  We had much more grip, for me maybe too much grip on the rear.  I had some trouble with the front because it pushed and I couldn’t close the corners and I didn’t feel good at the beginning of the race.  With the drop it was coming better, unfortunately I didn’t get a good start and I made a mistake in the first corner. After that I tried to recover but I’m happy because I had good pace without any mistakes, I could defend my position and I won a big fight with Okubo. Of course, eleventh position is not good but I am happy about the weekend because I saw that when it is difficult I am really fast and that gave me a big confidence boost. I think Qatar will be better.”

Teammate Jules Danilo just missed out on scoring Championship points, digging in to cross the line in sixteenth position to conclude a challenging Argentinean debut for the Frenchman.

Danilo said: “It was a very difficult weekend.  We had problems with grip on the first day but it was the same for everyone. I felt we understood a bit more this morning.  We made quite a step in terms of feeling but for some reason I had problems shifting down in morning warm up and right off the start in turn one I went into neutral and the same in the first two laps and I just ran off so I had to adapt and finish the race. I felt we could have done a good race today.  I’m very disappointed.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Realistically Peter was done at the first corner; he didn’t get a good drag off the line and dropped places then he was away from the group. His times were good, he fought with Hikari and beat him but considering how well Peter has been riding this weekend, we are obviously disappointed with eleventh.  The bike worked really good, the team worked really well.  The bike was much stronger here than last year and Peter was strong throughout practice, he kept his fighting spirit but it was done at the start.”

“Jules ran on early in the race but after that he kept at it.  He did some 44s and he probably had the pace to be in the points.  It has been a disappointing weekend for him once again. He hasn’t shown the potential that we all know he has and there is only on race left in which to show it but we go to Qatar for the final round in a positive frame of mind. Let’s finish the season on a high.”

Result Race

1 J. Cluzel

2 L. Mahias +2.406

3 I. Vinales +3.473

4 C. Perolari +5.700

5 F. Caricasulo +5.768

6  R. De Rosa +6.331

7 R. Krummenacher +7.066

8 T. Gradinger +14.045

9 K. Smith +17.035

10 A. Badovini +25.822

11 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +30.018

16 J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +55.154