WORLDSBK IN MAGNY-COURS: CHALLENGING WEEKEND FOR MICHAEL VAN DER MARK
Magny-Cours. The best result for Michael van der Mark (NED / ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) was 13th position in qualifying and in the Superpole race during the ninth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship 2023 (WorldSBK) at Magny-Cours (FRA).
Van der Mark finished the Superpole in 13th position and crossed the finish line in 16th in Race 1 on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday morning, Van der Mark finished the Superpole race in 13th position. Race 2 was interrupted on lap five after an accident involving Scott Redding (GBR / ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) and Dominique Aegerter (SUI / Yamaha), before restarting for 17 further laps. Van der Mark was unable to reach the finish after taking a tumble.
The tenth round of the 2023 WorldSBK season will take place in two weeks (22nd to 24th September) at MotorLand Aragón, Spain. BMW Motorrad Motorsport, the four riders and both teams completed two successful days of testing there at the end of August.
Michael van der Mark, ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team (SP: 13 / R01: 16 / SP Race: 13 / R02: DNF): “I was really looking forward to the weekend and to being back racing but unfortunately it turned out to be tough days and we never really managed to give me the right feeling for the bike. We worked very hard and tried several set-up options but did not find the right direction to go. We have seen the potential of the BMW M 1000 RR here at Magny-Cours. That makes me confident and the full focus is now on the next round at Aragón. We’ve tested there and we will give everything to have a stronger weekend there.”