PATA YAMAHA RIDERS REVVED UP FOR THIRD PLACE FIGHT IN QATAR SEASON FINALE
Pata Yamaha with Rizla WorldSBK riders, Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes, both have their sights set firmly on third place in the 2019 FIM Superbike World Championship standings, as they head to the final race of the season at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar this weekend.
It is Lowes who holds the advantage in the championship podium fight, with the 29-year-old Briton currently third in the standings with an advantage of just a single point over his teammate, van der Mark. But the two Pata Yamaha riders won’t have it all their own way this weekend in Qatar, as on form Toprak Razgatlioglu has closed to within six points of Lowes in the standings courtesy of three podium finishes last time out in Argentina.
The Qatar race weekend follows a different schedule than most, with action taking place in the early evening from Thursday to Saturday: www.worldsbk.com/en/event/QAT/2019.
Michael van der Mark – Pata Yamaha with Rizla WorldSBK: “It’s going to be a very exciting season finale, that’s for sure. Just six points separate me, Alex and Toprak in the fight for third place in the championship standings, which means the goal this weekend has to be to fight for the podium in all three races. I’m pretty confident we can do that in Qatar, as it’s one of my favourite tracks and one that is well suited to our Yamaha R1. I’m looking forward to the weekend ahead, as it should be a fantastic end to the year.”