HISTORIC ALL-YAMAHA WORLDSBK PODIUM AT ESTORIL
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team with Rizla riders Toprak Razgatlıoğlu and Michael van der Mark celebrated an historic Yamaha podium lockout, alongside GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team’s Garrett Gerloff, in the FIM Superbike World Championship Tissot Superpole Race at Estoril today – the first time in WorldSBK history that Yamaha has taken all three podium positions.
Signing off his four-year tenure with Pata Yamaha, Van der Mark joined Razgatlıoğlu on the podium this morning after one of the stand-out race fights of the year against Ducati rider Chaz Davies. He rode to a fine fourth place in Race 2 to round off his Yamaha career in a positive way.
Michael van der Mark – SPRC: P3 / R2: P4: “It was a really good morning, in the Superpole Race I had a great battle with Chaz and finished third. Really happy with that, the bike felt amazing and I was ready for Race 2, but from the first lap I started to struggle with rear grip and I just couldn’t keep up with the guys in front of me, which was frustrating. Halfway through the race it started to feel better but then I started to struggle with the front. “
“I wanted more in this last race, but in the end to finish fourth isn’t that bad and I think in general we had a good end to the season. You know, we always want more but it has been four fantastic years with this team and with Yamaha and I am really proud of all we have achieved. I want to thank everyone I have worked with over this time for all their efforts, because the progress we have made together has created some impressive results. I am thankful to everyone and will miss them.”