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2014 Misano - Michael van der Mark


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Pata Honda’s Michael van der Mark will start tomorrow’s seventh round World Supersport championship race from the front row of the grid after setting the second-fastest time right at the end of this afternoon’s qualifying session at Misano in Italy. The 21-year-old Dutch ace left his best lap until last and was in a provisional second-row starting position as the chequered flag went out for the end of the session. But van der Mark put in a great effort to re-take second place on the timing sheet alongside pole-sitter Jules Cluzel for tomorrow’s 19-lap race at the 4.226km Misano circuit.


Michael van der Mark: “I’m really happy with today because this morning we didn’t really focus on a fast lap and instead worked on a race simulation. The CBR feels really good and the simulation was really fast. We had a good set-up for this afternoon’s qualifying and immediately I started to push and improve the lap time. I needed some laps and there was a bit of traffic but at the end I did my fastest lap time. Second place on the grid is good and for sure in the race tomorrow I’m really sure we can fight for the win.”


Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator: “Michael’s weekend so far has been really good. He was really strong in qualifying – second place and a front row start is more than fine and his race pace is looking strong, too.”