NO LUCK FOR VAN DER MARK IN RACE TWO IN THAILAND
Michael van der Mark ran out of fortune at the Chang International Circuit this afternoon after his good showing in the opening race on Saturday, retiring after a technical issue intervened. The first planned 20-lap race was red-flagged due to oil on the track and the final full-point race was run over 16 laps of the 4.554km long circuit in Thailand. But after the red flag, when returning to the box, an oil leak was evident on the bike of Van der Mark. In the given 10 minutes before the race restart the team was not able to fully determine the reason for the leak and decided, for safety reasons, to not let Michael re-enter the track. In the championship itself Michael is now eighth, having been up to sixth place on Saturday after race one.
Michael van der Mark (DNF): “We had a technical problem with the bike in race two, which was a pity after all our good work. In the morning warm up we tried something on the bike set-up but I was not so keen on it so we went back to a set up almost similar to what we had yesterday. Then we had a red flag. It was a shame because yesterday was really good. I had a feeling that today would be the same, or even better, for both Alex and myself, but that is racing. At least this weekend I was fast from the start and hopefully we can continue this kind of form in Motorland Aragon.”