CIA Landlord Insurance Honda head to Italy for Round Five of the World Supersport Championship this weekend at the iconic Autodromo Internationale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola.
Ulsterman Andrew Irwin is aiming to continue the improvement he made last time out at Assen at his first ever visit to Imola this weekend and has his eye on another strong points finish. He said: “I’m really looking forward to Imola. I feel like in Assen I took a step forward so going to Imola I am much more confident that I can be back in the points. It’s a new track for me so it’ll be important to make the most of Friday to be in the best position going into qualifying. Thanks to the team and to my crew of Kor and Matia for keeping me positive during the tough first few rounds!”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda teammate Niki Tuuli is looking to follow up on the progress he made at the Dutch round. With three top ten finishes and securing 29 points so far this season the Finnish rider is building on his feeling with the Honda CBR600RR and is looking forward to a strong weekend. Tuuli said: “I am really looking forward to the weekend, we are much closer to the top and every time we improve and learn to work in a better way. The main thing this weekend is to be calm and focus on things that we already know to be faster. Of course I need to push with all I have! I will be really happy to see the team again.”
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “It was a good performance at Assen by Andrew, it gave him confidence going to a track he knows and getting a really strong points scoring finish, he challenged with some really good riders the whole race. Imola is one of the more difficult tracks to learn but I’m sure he’ll still improve and will go from strength to strength throughout the season.”
“Niki got straight into Superpole 2 at Assen for the first time this year. He knows he has the capability to be at the front and we know as a team we have the capability and the bike to be at the front. We’ve still got to find a little bit more but Niki is improving all the time. He’s getting to grips with how to get the best out of the bike and we are learning how to get the best out of him so we will continue to work in a really positive way as a team to maximise our potential in the race. Normally after Free Practice 1 you can really see the race pace so we’ll look at the situation then and see just how high we can challenge up the field but obviously we need to be looking toward a podium with Niki and more strong points scoring finishes with Andrew.”
World Supersport action from Imola kicks off on Friday with Free Practice One at 10:40 (local time)