SOLID OPENING DAY FOR VAN DER MARK IN SEPANG
Pata Honda rider Michael van der Mark finished today’s opening two free practice sessions in tenth place on combined times at Sepang in Malaysia. With mixed weather conditions covering the two sessions, overall times were based on this morning’s dry free practice. After a heavy rain shower during the lunch break, the 45-minute afternoon session started with the circuit still damp. Like many other riders, Van der Mark opted to remain in the pitbox until the track began to dry late In the session. Van der Mark ended the session fifth fastest.
Michael van der Mark – P10, 2m05.986s: “This morning I had to get used to my usual CBR after the Suzuka 8 Hours last weekend, but after a couple of laps I felt pretty comfortable again and found some good progress. I stayed out quite a long time because I knew I needed those laps and afterwards we tried a couple of adjustments on the bike. I improved my time and we had planned a couple more small changes with suspension and electronics for the afternoon. It wasn’t wet enough for a full wet setting and it wasn’t dry enough to try the changes so we couldn’t do very much. At the end of the day I’m quite happy, and the gap to the front guys is not as big as it has been recently.”