Top Ten for Sebestyen & Points for Danilo in France

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Peter Sebestyen delivered another solid top ten finish in today’s shortened FIM Supersport World Championship race at Magny-Cours.

The 19-lap race was red-flagged following a three-rider collision at Turn 1 on the first lap and the quick start procedure was employed for a shortened race.  Starting from the head of the fourth row of the grid, Sebestyen produced his fastest laps of the entire weekend during the 12-lap sprint race to finish tenth.

Sebestyen said: “All in all it was a good race but short again.  I mean I think if we start on this bike in an endurance race we would be in a better position because as soon as the tyres drop we are getting faster and faster, especially in the fast corners.  I felt very good on the bike, the setting was good yet I don’t have any idea how to improve on it.  But we’ll find out something. For sure Qatar will be a very good race for us because of the fast corners, for Argentina we will have to check the data.   It was a positive weekend but we have to really understand how we can improve in the short, slow corners.”

Teammate Jules Danilo rounded off a challenging home race weekend at Magny-Cours with a points scoring twelfth place finish in front of the ardent French crowd

Danilo said: “Well it was a very tough race and at the moment I don’t really have an explanation.  I got a good start but then realised I had no pace so I just kept getting passed by guys.  I couldn’t go any faster and just dropped back and got lucky because there were a few crashes. I don’t know why but it just hasn’t happened and it should have, it’s a track I like and we were going strong in the last race.  Now I need to scratch my head and understand why I was slow today.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “It was quite a strong race for Peter, the lap times were competitive.  The shortened race didn’t favour him, he was coming stronger in the race but of course, we still need to be stronger at the start of a race.  He was only six seconds off the win in the 12-laps so he is closing the distance to the leaders.  Obviously we were looking for more but it was a strong tenth place nevertheless.  Jules was having trouble getting the bike to turn in the race although we weren’t having that issue in warm-up. I’m sure he would have wanted more and to be able to challenge his teammate but he finished in the points at his home round.”

Results Race

1 L. Mahias

2 I. Vinales +0.264

3 A. Badovini +1.050

4 R. De Rosa +1.388

5 H. Okubo +2.166

6 J. Cluzel +3.205

7 C. Perolari +4.748

8 T. Gradinger +5.504

9 K. Smith +6.569

10 P. Sebestyen CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +6.674

12 J. Danilo CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +20.774