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Sebestyen scores first Championship points in France

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Peter Sebestyen scored his maiden championship points with a 14thplace in the World Supersport race at a warm and sunny Magny Cours.

It was an intelligent performance by the young Hungarian who started 13thon the grid in only his third outing with CIA Landlord Insurance Honda.

Sebestyen said: “I’m happy with the points. After yesterday I felt I can be better, that I have a better race pace but the first few laps I couldn’t do what I wanted.I couldn’t stay with the group and then with the soft tyres it was impossible to minimise the gap in the second part of the race so I just tried to finish with some points.I am sure we can have much much better.”

peter sebestyen oct 2018
A strong top ten finish in eighth position concluded a frustrating weekend for teammate Kyle Smith at the final European round of the World Supersport Championship.

Smith said: “I’d have to say it was a positive race after the difficult weekend we’ve had.  The set up wasn’t perfect for the race after the crashes and technical issues but we’ve salvaged a finish and a couple of championship points.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Great job by Peter today scoring his first points.   It was important to grab those first points and build from there.  He’s done that and worked really well with us.  Let’s build on that and look forward to the last two races.”

“After the crashes this weekend which lost us all that track time and ability to start the race with the best set up, we made changes for the race back to a very similar set up we had in Free Practice 1.  At the end of the day, to get eighth place it’s not what we wanted but it is all we could hope for after a difficult weekend with Kyle.”

Date: 04-10-2018
Torres 14th in Race 2 at Magny Cours, De Rosa 7th WorldSSP

Torres oct 2018

The first race of the WorldSBK French round got underway in sunny but quite cold weather conditions this morning at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours.
In this context, Jordi Torres managed to end up 12th collecting 4 points in the overall standing. WorldSSP qualifying practice saw Raffaele De Rosa close with the 8th time despite a crash in the early stage of the SP2, while Ayrton Badovini closed 9th securing the third row in the starting grid.

WorldSBK – SP1, Race1
After a mixed qualifying practice which saw Torres getting the 15th position in starting grid, when the lights went off on Race 1 the Spaniard immediately tried to attack in order to come back as many positions as possible. Settling in 13th position for most of the 21-lap battle, he was running strongly on his MV Agusta F4 RC, managing to pass Jake Gagne in the last lap and securing the 12th position under the chequered flag.

WorldSSP – SP1, SP2
On the eve of the last European round of this WorldSSP season, Raffaele De Rosa suffered a crash in today’s Tissot-Superpole2, while he was settling in 7th position. With the bike completely destroyed by the crash, the Italian rider has to pull out of the session but despite this issue, he qualified 8th ahead of tomorrow’s WorldSSP.
Ayrton Badovini had to fight his way through the Superpole1. The 32-year-old Italian rider was able to enter the final qualifying by finishing 2nd in the SP1. In the Superpole2 Ayrton secured a p9 finish right behind his teammate.

Jordi Torres closed 14th in Race2 at Magny-Cours, home of the last European round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship 2018. De Rosa and Badovini ended up the WorldSSP race in P7 and P12 respectively.

WorldSBK – Race2
With the second WorldSBK race of the week-end, it ends an uphill round for Jordi Torres, who wasn’t able to find the right feeling with the 4-cylinderItalian machine on the French circuit of Nevers Magny-Cours. Starting from the 15th position on the grid, Torres struggled to recover the gap with the top positions, also due to the strong traffic of riders involved. In the final stages, the Spaniard engages a close battle with Leandro Mercado, before being able to pass him three laps from the end of the race, crossing the finish line in 14th position.

WorldSSP – Race
De Rosa opens with a solid start the 19-lap race of the French Round of WorldSSP, with the Italian settling stable in the seventh position. The solid and constant race pace on the MV Agusta F3 675 allows the Italian to ends up 7th under the chequered flag. With this last placement, it ends the series of six podiums in a row obtained by De Rosa in the last six races.

Starting from the third row on the grid, Ayrton Badovini gave battle inside the score-point area, going to cross the finish line in the 12th position.
Date: 01-10-2018

European season complete for Triple M Honda World Superbike Team

The Triple M Honda World Superbike team finished the European rounds of what is a rookie season for both team and rider in the WorldSBK Championship with important lessons learned for the final two rounds of the year.

The challenges of the Magny-Cours circuit were new for the Triple M team and PJ Jacobsen, and after Friday practice, Jacobsen qualified 17th of 21 riders on the grid, after Superpole 1 on Saturday morning.

The opening race took place at 13.00, the Sunday race at the new normal of 15.15, with each lasting for 21-laps of the 4.411km circuit in the very heart of the French countryside.
Moving up to 15th position in race one, a position he held from lap three to lap six; PJ would eventually drop down one place to finish 16th, and just one position away from scoring a championship point.

The second race, held in only slightly warmer conditions, saw PJ ride behind his countryman Jake Gagne for a time, ending up 17th and again just missing a championship point.
After 11 of the 13 rounds, PJ sits 19th overall in the championship standings.
WorldSBK will hold the next round in Argentina for the very first time, at the all-new El Villicum circuit, between 12th and 14th October.

worldsbk honda oct 2018
PJ Jacobsen:
It has been quite difficult here but I am still trying every weekend. We have just got to keep moving forward and think positively. We have to keep doing our thing. It was quite a rough start but race two was OK. I still think we maybe picked the wrong tyre for race two. I liked the tyre I was on yesterday even though the gap was a bit more. With the changes we made for today we could have maybe been better with this tyre.

Manuel Cappelletti, Team Manager:
It was not so bad this week but yesterday we struggled a bit with rear grip. Today the grip was not so bad; it is just that the tyre dropped after 15 laps. But the rhythm in the beginning was quite OK. It was the best of the weekend and we found something that worked well with this track. It is just sad that there was a drop with the tyre. We were close with Jake Gagne in the race and the rhythm was similar.

Date: 01-10-2018

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