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WSBK Donington Park, UK: van der Mark tripped by Honda issues

Michael van der Mark feels he never found the pace to challenge the front-runners at Donington Park and is aiming for a quick response at Misano.
Michael van der Mark feels he never found the pace to challenge the front-runners at Donington Park and is aiming for a quick response at Misano.

The Dutch rider could only scramble to two eighth place finishes at the British round after his lowly qualifying position of 13th hampered his early progress.

Despite battling through to eighth in each race van der Mark has admitted he never truly had the consistent race pace to challenge those ahead of him regardless of his starting position.

“It has been another difficult race for me, in all ways similar to race one,” van der Mark said. “I was able to make a couple of places at the start but I got stuck again in the battle for eighth with Josh Brookes and Cameron Beaubier. I was eventually able to pass them and stay ahead, but it definitely wasn't easy.

“Our starting position surely didn't help, but we wouldn't have had the pace anyway to battle for the top 5. There's still a lot of work to do and we will start with Misano. Hopefully next week's test there will help us find the solution to the problems I have been experiencing lately.”

The Ten Kate-prepared Honda squad will now travel to Misano for a one-day test in preparation for the eighth round of the championship at the same venue on the 17-19 June.

van der Mark has slipped to fifth in the World Superbike riders' standings and holds a slender five-point advantage over Honda team-mate Nicky Hayden.



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