CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Kyle Smith delivered another top ten finish in today’s maiden FIM Supersport World Championship race at the Circuito San Juan Villicum in Argentina.
From his qualifying position on the third row of the grid Smith rode a lonely race to finish top non-Yamaha in seventh place, over twelve seconds ahead of Kawasaki’s Okubo in eighth.
Smith said: “I’m happy with the pace I had and the way the race went. I felt fast in the corner sections and I felt like I had the pace. Qatar is a bit of a different track, I don’t think it asks for so much torque like this track so hopefully we can be a bit closer to the front.”
Peter Sebestyen confirmed his potential with another convincing points scoring finish at the South American circuit. Unfortunately a mistake on the opening lap meant the Hungarian rider lost touch with the group ahead but despite losing ground Sebestyen claimed another Championship point coming home in fifteenth position.
Sebestyen said: “The first lap of the race I made a mistake and I couldn’t fight with the others. I was on the wrong lines and if you go out of the good lines it is so dirty and you lose a lot of time. Then I tried to catch the group in front of me, my speed was good enough to catch them but again I made some mistakes when I tried to push a little harder to catch them so I lost some seconds. It was my fault. The bike was good I think if I can make a more constant race with a better first lap I’m sure we can be top ten. That is the goal for the next race.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “A good race really for Kyle. He made a good start and then there was one mistake and he lost a bit of time to Krummenacher. Once he lost the group he did the right thing to ride a consistent race, he did really consistent lap times and finished a strong seventh. So we go to Qatar where we have won before, where Kyle has won before with us and on another Honda. The team is working well so let’s go to finish the season on a high.”
“Peter lost so much ground on the opening laps. He did start to catch that group then he tried a bit too hard and made some mistakes. Still it’s another good points finish for Peter, again he needs to go to Qatar, which is a great track for our bike and look for a big finish for the end of the season. Great job by all the team, thanks to all the organisers and everyone in Argentina for putting on a really good show. We’ll see you all in Qatar.”
1 J. Cluzel
2 S. Cortese +0.240
3 L. Mahias +3.702
4 T. Gradinger +8.310
5 C. Perolari +9.522
6 R. Krummenacher +9.561
7 K. Smith CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +16.720
8 H. Okubo +29.187
9 H. Barbera +29.328
10 L. Cresson +30.323
15 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +42.604