Superpole 2 for Smith in France

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Kyle Smith ended a challenging day of World Supersport free practice at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in tenth position on the combined time sheets and directly qualifies for Superpole 2 tomorrow with his time set in the morning session.

Smith said: “Not the best of days to be honest. This morning started off ok, the feelings were good on the bike. I had a small crash just trying to push towards the end of the session. Then this afternoon we had a small technical problem, maybe due to the crash not sure we will have to look at that and it’s just not gone the way I wanted.  We’ve not got the feedback to work on the bike and it’s just been a complicated day and not gone as smoothly as I expected.  Tomorrow we’ve got another free practice so hopefully we can find the direction and plug away.”

Teammate Peter Sebestyen started the day at the French circuit looking comfortable in 15thplace but after a technical problem in the afternoon session was unable to place higher than 17thdespite improving his time.

Sebestyen said: “Today was good until the problem with the engine at the end of FP2. I feel that I would have improved more because we had just put in the new soft tyre so I think that I could be in a better position if I had finished some fast laps.   I am very confident with the bike, I feel good on it and I think we can maybe make one step forward tomorrow because today we couldn’t.  I’m happy because I enjoy this track so I think it will be a good Superpole tomorrow.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Like Kyle said he just pushed the front a bit and slid off and sometimes when you do that you can have little technical problems that can’t be rectified.  We’ll sort that for tomorrow and obviously for the race.  So we didn’t improve like we wanted to but we are through to SP2.  I’m sure we can perform well tomorrow and confirm our setting situation with Kyle ready for SP2 to look as always to qualify on the first two rows, get a strong start and challenge for another good race to follow on from our performance in Portimão.”

“Peter did go faster in the afternoon session, there probably was a bit more to come from him. Realistically there is improvement there and if he digs deep he can have a shot and see if he can get into the first two to go through to SP2 tomorrow. But even if not, to qualify as high as possible and look for what has been showing as potential in the first two races and get the points in the race to give us the confidence to move forward for the last two rounds.”