HARD WORK ON OPENING DAY FOR PATA HONDA IN FRANCE
Michael van der Mark had to work his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP hard in this afternoon’s second free practice session of the 12th round World Superbike championship event at Magny-Cours in France. Having finished the opening session this morning in ninth place, the Pata Honda rider ended the day in 14th overall. Van der Mark, fresh from his podium result in the last round at Jerez in Spain is confident that a couple of changes to his CBR will allow him to climb the leader board in tomorrow morning’s third free practice which is timed for the afternoon Superpole qualifying sessions.
Michael van der Mark – P14: “This morning’s session was quite good but in the last 10 minutes we had a small technical problem which meant that I couldn’t really push on the new tyre. This afternoon there were a couple of other problems which took some time to fix and that meant that I couldn’t really find a rhythm or get many laps together. The lap time at the end was getting better but not perfect. I just need to get some more laps and find that rhythm in order to make some steps forward with the bike.”