In an incident packed World Supersport race, CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Peter Sebestyen made good his intention of a top ten finish at Imola today.
With the risk of rain threatening to ruin play throughout, the young Hungarian rode a faultless race from his qualifying position on the fifth row of the grid. Sebestyen overtook Soomer to cross the line in ninth position but as the race was red-flagged in the closing moments, he had to content himself with tenth place.
Sebestyen said: “It was not an easy day because of the changing weather conditions but I really enjoyed riding today in the race. The warm up was a little bit different because it wasn’t dry and it wasn’t wet so I didn’t know what to expect for the race but when I saw it was dry I knew that I had a good pace. I tried to be really strong and hard on the first laps but unfortunately after the start I was behind a slower rider and the gap was too big to go with the front group. I also had a problem with my visor misting but I tried to be calm and make a good pace. I’m happy about it, I think we had good pace we will see in Jerez, I think we can fight for better positions.”
Despite struggling to master the Italian circuit throughout Free Practices and Qualifying, teammate Jules Danilo dug in for the 17-lap race to deliver a strong points scoring finish in eleventh place.
Danilo said: “It was a really tough weekend, I expected it to be difficult but not this much. I never really got to grips with the track. I tried my best in the race to catch Peter in that group but I couldn’t really go faster than low 53s high 52s. The weekend was worse than what we did in the race so we’ll take the points from the 11th place but now we have to make a big step forward in Jerez because I’m not liking my progression curve at the moment.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “A good top ten finish for Peter and this puts him back to top ten in the Championship. Clearly we still need to make that step to get to the fight for top six.”
“Jules struggled to get to grips with the track but he stuck at it and he finished eleventh for more good points. It is a very hard technical track so he did well to be here for the first time and come away eleventh with solid points. Jerez is a track he knows well so he has to make that count and show his true potential. Great job by the team again all weekend.”
1 R. Krummenacher
2 F. Caricasulo +0.234
3 R. De Rosa +13.178
4 H. Okubo +3.69
5 A. Badovini +0.434
6 I. Vinales +1 Lap
7 J. Cluzel +3.110
8 L. Mahias –
9 H. Soomer +2.725
10 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +0.259
11 J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +3.088