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WSBK Chang, Thailand: van der Mark hopeful of gains in Thailand

Michael van der Mark wants to continue his strong start to 2016 in Thailand and is optimistic he can learn lessons from last year.
Michael van der Mark wants to continue his strong start to the 2016 World Superbike championship in Thailand and is optimistic he can learn lessons from his debut outing at the Chang International Circuit.

The Honda World Superbike Team rider became the surprise package at Phillip Island last month battling through the field to take third in race one and second in race two after Ducati's Chaz Davies crashed out fighting for the win.

After his bright start the Dutch rider is keen to maintain his momentum in Thailand but is anticipating a tougher challenge on the demanding Buriram track.

“I can't wait to be on track again Phillip Island was an incredible start to the season,” van der Mark said. “We know this round will be completely different for us, as there won't be any test before the race weekend.

“Last year things didn't go too well for us [retired from race one, seventh in race two] but with the data we have now and the improvements made during the winter to our CBR1000RR, things will surely be better for us.”



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Chadsays

March 10, 2016 12:39 PM

MVDM is an awesome rider and I believe capable of being world champ in both series in a year or two. If Honda intends on keeping him they will have to put a new bike underneath him next year in the form of a motogp machine or a brand new kick ass superbike.

Braap

March 10, 2016 3:07 PM

Remember that PI is a very particular circuit where even the Crescent Suzuki could win. I think MVDM is a huge talent but he will need to be realistic as to where his Honda can get him on more conventional circuits. A new Fireblade please Honda.



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