PTR HONDA’S Jules Cluzel may never have visited Imola in Italy before but that isn’t stopping the French ace from targeting a podium finish during his first visit this weekend for the second round of the World Supersport Championship.
Ronan Quarmby ranks Imola as one of his favourite tracks so will be looking to improve on seventh last time out ;while Martin Jessopp is relishing the chance to get racing again as he adapts from a Superbike to Supersport race machine.
The race starts at 1330CET on Sunday April 1st with practice and qualifying sessions on the Friday and Saturday.
Jules: “My feeling is I am really happy to go to Imola as the break was too long from the first to second round. I want to make the same as Phillip Island and challenge at the front. I was very happy on my PTR Honda just that we have had some tyre problems at what was maybe our worst circuit of the season; we hope the problem is finished for the next race. I think we can fight for the podium, I just have to learn very fast and concentrate as it is my first time at the track.”
Ronan: “I really enjoy the Imola circuit and cannot wait to get racing again. I have a bike and team that can help me to challenge for the top six this weekend and that is my realistic target. My lap times were close to the front-runners in Australia and I am sure if I can get away with them then I can run and challenge them. I am very fired up and can’t wait to get racing.”
Martin: “I’m looking forward to Imola so much. We had a teaser round and then a big gap. I rode at Imola nine years ago so I have very little track knowledge. What I do remember is I love the flowing wide corners and enjoyed it. The first session is to learn the track and then I need to get on it in first qualifying. Lee (technician) has had a good look at the data from everyone’s (PTR team) bikes and we are right in the ballpark. I just need to ride it properly as a 600 should be, so I am looking for a good result.”
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: “Jules challenged for the win in Australia until he dropped back with tyre wear problems. Ronan closed on the lead pack from the fourth row before similar problems. We will look to maximise our package in Imola and both riders are confident they can challenge at the front. It’s Jules’ first time at the track but I am sure by the end of qualifying he will be on the pace. It was a strong track for Ronan last year and he is super confident. After being forced to run off the track at Phillip Island, Martin rode a strong race and we expect to see more of his potential at Imola.”
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