Michael van der Mark lauded two 'amazing' races at Assen, which saw him become the first non-British rider to step on the World Superbike podium in 2015.

The class rookie won out in a tight final lap battle with Leon Haslam in both races to snatch two third places twelve months on from grabbing his first world championship win at he same track.

"Race one was amazing and I'm glad we were able to be fast because we saw how consistent Jonathan [Rea] was yesterday," said the delighted Dutchman. "My start wasn't great, but I had a good pace and was able to get back to the front group step by step. To be able to take my first podium here at my home round with a Dutch team and all the sponsors was amazing."

Riding in his and his team's home race, van der Mark would leave it until the Geert Timmer chicance on the final lap in race two to make another aggressive move for third place.

"In race two, Leon [Haslam] and I had a nice fight - we were strong in different parts of the track - but I knew I had to get by him. I passed him in the Ramshoek on the last lap and then into the chicane he came around the outside. We both braked really late and had to sit up but I'm really happy with the two podiums here.

It's way better than I could have expected this weekend. I must thank the team for giving me a really good CBR, and now I'm really looking forward to Imola. On the cool-down lap it was great to see so many fans on the track waving the Dutch flags. I'm really proud that so many people came."

van der Mark's double podium haul sees him move to seventh in the championship standings, five points behind team-mate and reigning world champion Sylvain Guintoli.



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