VAN DER MARK SEEK SPANISH SUCCESS
Aragon – Spain – 09.04.2014
Michael van der Mark head to Spain this weekend (11-13 April) for round two of the 2014 World Supersport championship at Motorland Aragon near Alcaniz. The Honda CBR600RR rider, who finished in second position at Aragon last year, is in search of his first points of the season after a difficult start in round one at Phillip Island in Australia at the end of February. The first-round race there was shortened to just five laps after oil was dropped on the circuit in the first start and in his eagerness to open an early gap on his rivals from a front row start Van der Mark crashed out of the race.
Michael van der Mark:
I was able to do a three-hour test at Assen recently, which is near the team’s headquarters, so at least I could get some feeling with the bike again after Australia. I’ll need to get used to the CBR again on Friday at Aragon but I like the circuit and I was really happy to get on the podium there last season. We also had a good test last November when the bike felt really good and I could make some good lap times. After Australia, it’s important that I score a lot of points this weekend so I will be focused on the job and will do my best to get the result that we need.
Pieter Breddels (technical co-ordinator):
Michael was able to have a short, three-hour test at Assen since Australia but he did some good lap times. He had a great result at Aragon last year, despite a technical problem on his CBR, so we know that the track suits his riding style and the bike.