TOP-8 FINISH FOR VAN DER MARK AND THE HONDA WORLDSBK TEAM IN RACE ONE AT DONINGTON
Michael van der Mark has ended today’s openings race of the World Superbike event at Donington Park in eight place. The Dutchman had a challenging first part, due to his poor grid position. But starting from twelfth place, the Honda rider was able to put together a solid race and, as the race entered its final third, he was one of the quickest riders on track. He eventually bridged the gap with the group ahead, although he could not get past Jordi Torres and had to settle for eighth.
The second and final race of the UK Round will get underway tomorrow at 3pm, after the 15-minute warm up scheduled at 9:50 (GMT+1).
Michael van der Mark (8th): “This morning we tried something on the bike which didn’t work out and in Superpole the feeling was just not there, so unfortunately I couldn’t do better than twelfth. In the race, after a good start I had a small electronics issue in the early stages that cost me some time and a couple of places, too. I was able to get up to speed again and make up some places, but in the end I couldn’t attack the rider in front of me and had to settle for eighth place. The main goal for tomorrow is to find some more grip with the new tyres; if we can manage to do that, then our second race can be much better.