CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider, Jules Danilo delivered his aim of a top ten finish in today’s World Supersport race at the TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands.
From his qualifying position on the fifth row of the grid the young French rider posted his best lap of the weekend in the 18-lap race at the historic Dutch circuit to secure a convincing tenth place.
Danilo said: “I am quite happy about the race. It was a bit strange this weekend because we thought we understood something in Aragon and when we turned up here it felt like we had to start again. I may be wrong but I feel like we are starting to figure out what I need on the bike. Every time we tried something we made a step forward and in the race again, one second from the best lap. The position is ok but the gap in front is still a bit big so we have to work on that for Imola, I also have to learn the track. It‘s consistent, now we have to look for that extra step.”
After a weekend of frustration, it was a brave performance from fellow CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Peter Sebestyen. Also posting his fastest laps of the weekend, Sebestyen fought through the field from seventeenth place on the grid to deliver another points scoring finish in twelfth place.
Sebestyen said: “That was one of the hardest weekends of the season because this is not a track that fits my riding style and we just couldn’t find the set up. For the race we completely changed the bike. The team did a great job because the bike was much better in the race. Unfortunately my qualifying lap was not so fast so I had to start from seventeenth place. The beginning of the race it was very difficult for me to pass other riders because of the temperature of the tyre and asphalt and I nearly crashed so I had to be calm and wait for a good moment to pass. But already when I passed the group in front of me was too far. I did my best laps on the race so I am happy about it. Now I am looking forward to Imola.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “We ended up in the top ten with Jules which is good. I don’t want to say it again but the problem starts from Free Practice because if you don’t have the pace in Free Practice then you don’t make the qualification and you are fighting from the back. The same was proven today. Both riders fought well to pass people and come through the field but Jules and Peter need to work harder and have the same fight and concentration they have in the race in Free Practice and keep it for the whole event. If they can do that and we will work with them as a team as we always do, we can see another big step. You can see from half distance the lap times are the same pace as the fight from six down. Obviously we want to be top five but first we have to realise our ambition of being well inside the top ten and fight to get into the top six. It starts on the Friday at Imola, let’s get to it working together as a team. Thanks to all the boys for a great job.”
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3 T. Gradinger +0.223
4 J. Cluzel +0.580
5 L. Mahias +1.277
6 C. Perolari +13.748
7 H. Okubo +13.873
8 I. Vinales +13.959
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