PTR HONDA’S Jules Cluzel is hoping to use the top speed advantage of his CBR600RR to challenge for the podium at the seventh round of the World Supersport Championship at Aragon in Spain this Sunday, July 1st.
As the season enters its second half Jules is second in the standings and focused on scoring as many points as possible and maintaining his title challenge. His teammate Ronan Quarmby is on top form and raring to score another podium finish and improve on his 9th in the standings overall. Martin Jessopp on the Riders PTR Honda is looking for a return to the points after suffering a broken collarbone in May.
There are practice and qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday before the race starts at 1330 CET on Sunday July 1st. To buy GBRacing engine case covers and bullet sliders from PTR visit www.performancetechnicalracing.co.uk.
Jules: “I raced at Aragon in Moto2 for two years and I think the circuit is long with fast corners, big downs and big up-hills. I really like it. The last three corners are different from the Moto2 circuit but I will learn quickly. I want to continue my recent form and stay on the podium – that would be good for the Championship. I also want to try to improve a little bit and catch Sofuoglu. At the Silverstone test we learnt more about tyres and it was good to be riding my bike, that always helps.”
Ronan: “I had a really positive event at Misano right up until the race and then crashed out while challenging inside the top 10. My PTR Honda is brilliant, I feel absolutely great and I cannot wait to get to Aragon and racing again. I want to get a good haul of points this weekend and think the circuit will suit my bike and riding style well.”
Martin: “My collarbone is getting there but it is not as far along as I had hoped. I have an old MX injury that is confusing matters with a bit of nerve damage so we are not sure where the problem is. The good news is that I am in much better shape than I was at Misano and not anticipating issues riding the bike. I have only raced Aragon on the Playstation before but it is due to be a hot, hard, long race and I think that will favour my fitness over some of the other riders. I’m looking forward to it.”
Simon Buckmaster, PTR Honda Team Manager: “Jules just missed out on the win at Misano but it was another good podium for him. He’s getting better every round and we are confident he will be challenging again at Aragon. Ronan qualified on the second row for the first time at Misano but unfortunately made a mistake and crashed. Ronan is getting stronger as well and we look forward to a strong race from him at Aragon. Martin rode through the pain barrier at Misano and we are proud he was able to finish and is much fitter now. He should be in a position to score best result of the season.”
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