VAN DER MARK EAGER TO WRAP UP 2016 SEASON IN STYLE IN QATAR
The Honda WorldSBK Team is currently in Qatar, in the Middle East, where this weekend the thirteenth and final round of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship takes place. Michael van der Mark and Nicky Hayden will attack the fast-flowing 5.38 km Losail International Circuit on board their Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machines and share the garage one last time. Van der Mark, who today celebrates his 24th birthday, will be contesting his last round as a factory Honda rider this weekend. The young Dutchman was fourth and fifth in the two Qatari races last year after mixing up front for honours, while in 2014 he wrapped up his World Supersport title-winning campaign with a race win.
Michael van der Mark: “I cannot believe that it’s already the end of the season! Of course, being under floodlights this is a very special race and I can’t wait to be racing again here at the Losail International Circuit. This will be my last race with the Honda WorldSBK Team and I really want this experience to end in the best way possible. We’re still fourth in the championship standings so the goal is to make this our final position for the year. In 2015 we had two good races and I hope this time out we can even do better, so we will be pushing hard!”