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The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team are excited to get back into action after the summer break for round 9 of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship at the Lausitzring this weekend as Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes are feeling confident after a successful recent two-day private test at Almeria.

Van der Mark is also raring to go after his success at Suzuka, which was the third time he has stood on the top-step of the podium at the legendary endurance race. The 24-year-old Dutch rider has enjoyed an encouraging start to the 2017 season, having led Race 1 at Misano for 13 laps before a tyre failure and with three top four finishes to his name. After a double top-ten finish last time out at Laguna Seca he currently sits seventh in the championship standings, with 129 points after eight rounds, just 19-points behind his teammate Lowes.

Michael van der Mark: “I simply cannot wait to get back on track at the Lausitzring! It has been a busy summer break for us, but winning at Suzuka with Yamaha was incredible, plus we had a very positive test in Almeria last week, so I am excited to get back into action in Germany. I am also happy that my teammate has extended his contract for next season, which means we have another year of racing together! The Lausitzring is a different type of circuit and it presents a unique challenge, so it will be interesting to see how the R1 performs at the track, and after all the hard work the team have put in over the summer break I am excited to get back on the bike. We tested some new updates in Almeria and we hope that they will allow us to take the fight to our rivals for the rest of the season!”