VAN DER MARK MAKES PROGRESS ON OPENING DAY AT LAGUNA SECA
Michael van der Mark enjoyed a solid opening day at Laguna Seca as he was on the pace from the off this morning, finishing in P5 and just 0.016s behind his Pata Yamaha teammate Alex Lowes at the end of FP1. The 26-year-old Dutch rider made some set-up changes to his R1 ahead of FP2 that didn’t bring the improvements expected, which meant he was unable to improve on his previous best lap time and ended the day ninth on combined times.
Michael van der Mark – Pata Yamaha WorldSBK – P9 – 1’24.247: “We started quite well this morning, I had a good feeling with the bike, the pace was pretty good, and we knew where we needed to improve. Unfortunately, this afternoon, it seemed that everything we tried didn’t really work as we expected. I was kind of hitting a wall where I couldn’t improve any further, which was a bit frustrating, but I’m confident we can make a step tomorrow once we’ve been through all the data tonight.”