CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Kyle Smith delivered another top ten finish in today’s hot and sunny World Supersport race at Misano in Italy.
From his qualifying position on the third row of the grid Smith got a bad start and was down to tenth at the end of lap one but fought his way through to finish the 19-lap race in seventh position.
Smith said: I think it was a positive race we’ve definitely got stuff to work on to improve. We didn’t achieve top 5 as I wanted to but looking at the lap times the pace wasn’t a million miles off. I had a really weak first half of the race and a really poor start so working on that the latter end of the race the pace felt really strong. If we can sort out the first quarter of the race and the start we can be up there battling at the front.”
Making his debut with CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Peter Sebestyen really showed his potential crossing the line just outside the Championship points in 16th place but after receiving a penalty for exceeding track limits had to content himself with 17th.
Sebestyen said: “I am happy after the race but of course I wanted a little bit more. In the first part of the race in the first few laps maybe I was a little bit too calm because I really wanted to finish the race and didn’t want to get into an extreme fight. Because of this the gap was too big to the riders in front of me so for the whole race I just tried to follow them and tried to fight in the last laps but I got a penalty and it was impossible. Now I see the bike can be in the top ten so in the next races I would like to be there and I will work for it.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Another step forward there for us. Kyle battled right to the last lap for the top six. As he said the start was bad, we didn’t actually get to do a practice start because FP2 was wet and he crashed at the end of FP3 so he needs to start better of course. In the early laps of the race after not such a good start he needs to try and make the gap. So we just missed out of a top six but a good step in the right direction and a good job by Stu and George. We now go in to the summer break but there is no resting, tomorrow we begin developing the new ECU that we need for us to improve and to be on a level playing field.
“I have to say Peter Sebestyen coming into the team and fighting for the points like that was really positive. Obviously he didn’t want to crash in his first race so maybe he was a bit cautious in the opening laps but he really fought for the last point. He had run off track a few times and got a penalty, it makes no difference in this case he was P17 instead of P16 but obviously he did have the chance to fight for that last point. Rules are rules but he was six seconds in front of the next guy so for me it is big, but penalties need to be consistent and they are not. Peter has really shown his potential this race and I’m sure for the rest of the season he will be challenging inside the points. He’ll test the bike now and like Kyle will be working with the new ECU so we are looking for a really strong finish to the season for CIA Landlord Insurance Honda. Thank you to Kor and Matia who worked really well with Peter, we’ve show again how we are a really good strong team unit and work well to get the most from our potential and I am really pleased with that. We go into the summer break in a confident mood and more than optimistic of finishing the year in a very good way.”
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9 H. Okubo +29.068
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