WSBK »

WSBK Losail, Qatar: van der Mark gives Honda fond farewell

Michael van der Mark says his Ten Kate Honda squad should be proud of their achievements in 2016 as the two prepare to go separate ways.
Michael van der Mark says his Ten Kate Honda squad should be proud of their achievements in 2016 as the two prepare to go separate ways in World Superbikes next season.

With the Dutch squad welcoming Stefan Bradl from MotoGP to go alongside Nicky Hayden in 2017, van der Mark is switching to the factory Pata Yamaha squad which ends his six-year association with the team.

The 24-year-old has improved year-on-year with the Ten Kate Honda squad which has resulted in him finishing 2016 with fourth place in the World Superbike championship standings, above team-mate Hayden, claiming six rostrum results and one pole position this year.

van der Mark has wished the Honda team all the best for the future as he looks to turn the new CBR1000RR Fireblade into a championship-contender, while he hunts further success with Yamaha.

“Of course, I wish the season and my journey with Honda would have ended with a better result, but fourth in the championship is a great achievement and I want to thank all the guys for the hard work they have done,” van der Mark said. “I think we can be really happy with what we've done this year.”

van der Mark is preparing for a first campaign away from Honda since 2010 when he briefly contested six rounds of the 125cc world championship with Lambretta. The Dutch rider will team-mate Alex Lowes at Pata Yamaha next year, replacing former World Superbike champion Sylvain Guintoli.
by Haydn Cobb



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
vd Mark, WSBK Race2, Qatar 2016
VD Mark, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
VD Mark, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
VD Mark, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sam Lowes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sam Lowes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Stefan Bradl Jerez
Team PTR Honda, WSS Race, Qatar WSBK 2016
Team PTR Honda, WSS Race, Qatar WSBK 2016
Pata Yamahas, WSBK Race2, Qatar WSBK 2016
Pata Yamahas, WSBK Race2, Qatar WSBK 2016
Alex Lowes, WSBK Race2, Qatar WSBK 2016
Alex Lowes, WSBK Race2, Qatar WSBK 2016
Alex Lowes, WSBK Race2, Qatar WSBK 2016
Guintoli, WSBK Race2, Qatar WSBK 2016
Guintoli, WSBK Race2, Qatar WSBK 2016
Alex Lowes, WSBK Race2, Qatar WSBK 2016
Guintoli, WSBK Race2, Qatar WSBK 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


MikeZ

November 08, 2016 7:18 PM

Actually I think Hayden noticeably outperformed VDM in the second half of the season. If not for some 3 unexplained mechanical DNF's he would have finished well ahead of VDM



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.