BMW MOTORRAD WORLDSBK TEAM KICKS OFF THE 2021 WORLDSBK SEASON AT MOTORLAND ARAGON
The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team today completed day 1 of the 2021 World Superbike Championship at MotorLand Aragon. Fresh from the pre-season test here just two weeks ago, this would be the first time that all competitors would be on track together.
In FP1, Michael van der Mark did well and still getting to know his BMW M 1000 RR the team made some minor adjustments during the session which resulted in him finishing in P9: 1’50.966, +1.014 behind session topper Toprak Razgatlioglu.
In the final session of the day the track temperature soared meaning lack of grip hindered both riders. Michael had an unfortunate crash at T8, which resulted in him sitting out the session, thankfully he was unharmed.
On combined session times, Michael van der Mark finished in P11.
Michael van der Mark: “I think the first session this morning for us was good. We lacked a lot of grip at first but during the session, but we managed to find it, which meant at the end of the session I was able to do some good laps. We also understood some areas we can work on especially in the braking phase, so this was a good step for us. The afternoon session was a lot warmer and very different conditions. I was feeling okay but unfortunately, I had a crash at T8 which was a shame as I planned to do some long runs in the hot conditions. A lot of work to do for the boys tonight unfortunately, but we will come back again strong tomorrow.”