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van der Mark moves clear with second win
28 May 2014
Michael van der Mark has established himself as the man to beat in the 2014 World Supersport Championship after notching up his second win of the season at Donington Park.
A convincing performance by the youngster, though van der Mark went into the race having qualified on pole position, a poor start meant he spent the opening half of the race playing catch to the leading pack ahead of him.
However, as the race progressed he would steadily catch the lead group, while problems for Kenan Sofuoglu and the exit of PATA Honda team-mate Lorenzo Zanetti would duly see victory reduced to a battle between himself, Jules Cluzel and Kev Coghlan.
With Coghlan slipping back, van der Mark and MV Agusta's Cluzel embarked on an entertaining final lap battle for victory, defined by the Frenchman attempting to pass into the Melbourne hairpin, only for van der Mark to cut up the inside and retake the initiative.
A second win of the year for the Dutchman following his popular success on home soil at Assen, van der Mark is now 14 points clear at the head of the WSS standings.
“It's been an amazing weekend and we were really fast from the beginning when it was dry on Friday,” he said. “In the wet qualifying, I took my first pole position but my start to the race wasn't that good. I struggled with grip in the first few laps but later in the race, when I found my own pace, I got faster and faster. I caught the group in front of me and passed them slowly.
“When I managed to pass them I was able to go away and then had a nice fight with Jules [Cluzel]. I made a few small mistakes and for the last two corners I didn't want to take too much risk. I'm really happy and want to thank the team – we've worked hard all weekend and then I had a silly crash in warm-up. Luckily they were able to repair the bike quickly and it was perfect today.”
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