Michael van der Mark says he will take away positives from the second round of the World Superbike Championship managing just a single seventh place finish at the Chang International Circuit.

Following his eye-catching WSBK debut in Australia, the defending World Supersport Champion found the going tougher in Thailand as both he and PATA Honda team-mate Sylvain Guintoli struggled to get the CBR1000RR up to speed.

Out-qualifying his team-mate, van der Mark would go on to endure mixed fortunes come race day, retiring from the first encounter with mechanical problems before being classified seventh in race two having been penalised a position post-race for overtaking Guintoli over the run-off area on the dash to the line.

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"In race one we had a little technical problem which ended the race for us but unfortunately these things can happen. It was a shame though because at that point in the race I was going faster and faster. In race two I felt really good but the start was not so good. I also made some mistakes in the first couple of laps and ran wide at one point so I had to fight back again.

"At the end I had a good fight with Sylvain and felt I was faster than him but not fast enough to get away. So I decided to stay behind and try to pass him on the final lap.

"We had a nice and fair fight and even though I crossed the finish line first, they put me one place back because I went outside the track in trying to get past at the final corner. But I enjoyed raced two and I think we have a lot of positives to go back to Europe with for the next round."