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2016 Laguna Seca preview


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The Honda WorldSBK duo of Michael van der Mark and Nicky Hayden are ready to take on the ninth round of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship, which takes place this weekend at the legendary 3.610km Laguna Seca Raceway near Monterey, California. This is the last WorldSBK event before a two-month break for the series, which builds even greater excitement for what is an already highly anticipated racing weekend for teams, riders and fans.

After returning to the podium in race one at Misano three weekends ago, Van der Mark is aiming to continue in the same vein in America. The 23-year-old from Rotterdam in the Netherlands has only raced once before at Laguna Seca, including the famous Corkscrew, and has a 7th place finish as his best result. Van der Mark is now eager to put last year’s experience to good use and to make the most of the vastly improved Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP around the spectacular American circuit.

Michael van der Mark: “After our podium in Misano it looks like we’re finally back to our early season form. The post-round test there was also good for us and allowed us to try many different things. So I now hope we can keep the momentum going at Laguna Seca: my goal is the top 5 and, if we can get back on the podium before the summer break, it surely would be an amazing thing for us. I just can’t wait to go out on track because I really enjoy riding at Laguna Seca; the circuit is amazing and so are the fans. Let’s hope we can make them proud this weekend!”