Magny-Cours: Fifteenth to fourth for combative van der Mark

Two fourth places are an excellent return for the impressive Michael van der Mark a day after qualifying 15th
Michael van der Mark was “really happy” after an “awesome day” at Magny-Cours, where he scored to combative fourth place finishes after missing out on Superpole 2 on Saturday afternoon.

Bike problems limited the Dutchman's track time in FP3, and he was unable to climb into the first two places in SP1, meaning he had to start both races from a lowly 15th on the grid.

Two excellent starts saw van der Mark challenging the top six early on in both races, as he maintained the excellent form that brought him a podium finish at the previous round in Jerez.

“It's been an awesome day because we've had some problems all weekend, not only on Friday and Saturday but also in Superpole yesterday,” said the 2014 World Supersport champion.

“I wasn't really happy and then the warm-up was wet this morning. It was OK though, and I had such a good start to race one. I took a lot of risks but the bike felt really good, even though I missed a bit of acceleration. I was really happy with fourth and happy for Sylvain to be on the podium because he also worked really hard.

“For race two we changed some settings on the front for the dry and it worked perfectly. I got a really good start again and fought my way round the outside and ended up in a nice battle with Sylvain. There was a gap to Leon [Haslam] and I had to make a bit of a move to get by him.

“Our bike is not quite as fast as his and I had to make so much spee d going on to the back straight that I had no choice really. I was not really sure about making the move but I was quite happy with how it worked out!

“Then I saw the pace of Sykes in third was dropping a little so I kept pushing in case it dropped more. But I'm really happy with another fourth place and want to thank the guys in my crew who did a fantastic job today.”

Tagged as: Haslam , Magny-Cours , Jerez , Tom Sykes

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October 04, 2015 7:54 PM

I really like the Ten Kate team being Dutch. But please Michael, I hope Honda launch a new Blade soon or you have to move on... Too much talent too waste. Look at Rea, years on the Blade, riding his balls off for 'nothing'. One year on the Kawa and BOOM, World Champ!


October 04, 2015 9:52 PM

van der Mark, is a sensational talent, repeatedly beating his world champion teammate this year. He doesn't have the machinery to do better than he does but dicing through the field on what is arguably one of the slower bikes will only strengthen his talent. When he gets the right machine under him, WATCH OUT!

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