Top ten for Sebestyen as Danilo crashes out at Jerez

Starting from the head of the fourth row of the grid, Peter Sebestyen delivered another creditable top ten result in today’s FIM Supersport World Championship race at Jerez, crossing the line a full six seconds ahead of eleventh placed Soomer.  Sebestyen collects another six valuable Championship points and remains in tenth position in the Championship standings.

Sebestyen said: “For me this tenth position is much more than any other result this year, I am happy about it.  I feel that if I could go back in time and do this race again I could do much better.  It was the first time I could fight with this group and now I understand how they ride.  It is difficult to compare with the Yamahas, they ride completely differently; where I was faster they made me stop and some parts I was faster and I couldn’t go because of them, so it was a difficult race.  At the beginning I could push a bit more but I tried to save my tyres for the end of the race.  My plan was to fight for eighth or ninth at the end but the last laps weren’t good enough, I made some mistakes.  Anyway I am happy, this was the best race of the year we are now closer to the top.  Thank you to the team, they did a good job all the weekend, I think I also did. We have to continue this work and we will be there.”

It was disappointment for Jules Danilo at Jerez as his race came to a premature end when the CIA Landlord Insurance Honda was taken out by a wild card rider at the end of the opening lap at turn 13, the first of five fallers over the course of the race.

Danilo said: “Well that was quite a short race because I got taken out at the end of lap one.  It’s been a good weekend I think we have improved a lot with the bike.  The rear feels very good, we barely touched it.  We worked a lot on the front and since FP3 we haven’t touched the bike anymore.  I’m feeling confident now it’s just a bit frustrating that I know I have made a step but I haven’t been able to show it on track. I was expecting a lot from this race but luckily the next race is in two weeks at Misano, a track I know. I’ve done well there in the past so I’m looking forward to that.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “I’m sorry for Jules, he got taken out by Quero Martinez who did come to apologise but what can you say?  Jules made a good start he made places but he was just unlucky.”

“Peter rode a really good race, he’s closed the gap to the front and moved to the next group fighting with Vinales and Perolari and they were catching Okubo.  Although he finished tenth it is a much better tenth place than the one in Imola.  He has made a step forward here and we need to carry that momentum through for the rest of the season.  Now he’s riding with those riders he’s learning.  In some sections of the track he was stronger, some sections their combination was stronger so it’s understanding how to manage that then to be able to beat them.  I’m really pleased for Peter, it’s his best ride of the season.  A really good job by the whole team, we made a step with both riders this weekend.  We are in much better shape going to Misano and we’re looking for a strong second half to the season.”

 

Results Race

1 F. Caricasulo

2 R. Krummenacher +0.968

3 J. Cluzel +1.346

4 T. Gradinger +3.494

5 R. De Rosa +3.778

6 L. Mahias +5.156

7 H. Okubo +17.412

8 I. Vinales +18.807

9 C. Perolari +19.124

10 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +20.775

 

RET J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda